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A RINK FOR ALL The outdoor rink at Iona Park is one community tradition Tim Marta truly savours.

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SHIFTING ATTITUDES An Ottawa psychologist has spent nearly 20 years helping people from across the region overcome eating disorders.

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Jeanette Rule, one-year-old Archer Van Staalduinen and Rachel, Elliot and Dennis Van Staalduinen pose with the 116-centimetre diameter tree that dominates their backyard. The family has gained a new appreciation for the tree, which is one of approximately 25 similar bur oaks in the Champlain Park neighbourhood.

LEADING THE WAY The new head coach of the Rideau Canoe Club is looking forward to the challenge of leading it to bigger, better things.

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Champlain Park neighbourhood looking to preserve pre-Confederation trees LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Its craggy limbs block the sunlight to Dennis Van Staalduinen’s backyard for most of the day. It has thwarted his many attempts at gardening, And it’s slowly pushing its way into the back of his garage.

Until recently, the massive burr oak in Van Staalduinen’s yard was more of a pain than a treasure. But that changed when Van Staalduinen and his neighbours discovered that another one of the large, old trees in the neighbourhood was at risk of being chopped down. Suddenly, Van Staalduinen

could “see the forest for the trees.” “It’s not just a tree,” he said. “It’s part of a living web.” The 116-centimetre diameter tree is one of about 25 burr oaks in the Champlain Park neighbourhood that pre-date Confederation. “This neighbourhood, which is about six streets by five streets, contains most of what remains of the original oak forest in Ottawa,” said Daniel Buckles, a resident who is orga-

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nizing a campaign to celebrate and protect the trees, which are estimated to date back to about 1860. In fact, some of the trees are larger and older than the largest trees in the Arboretum nature reserve. The oldest tree recorded in the Arboretum dates to 1897, Buckles said. It’s a resource the community is just waking up to, and efforts are now underway to celebrate and save these austere giants. See TREES on page 10

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Valentine’s Day a ‘nightmare’ for florists KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

Machiko Iwakiri thinks men have to start getting more organized when it comes to Valentine’s Day – but the Hintonburg florist doesn’t see that happening any time soon. For the last six and a half years, Iwakiri has had to deal with men rushing into her shop last minute needing flowers for their better halves the day before Valentine’s Day. “It’s always, always been that way,” she said. “But it’s never going to change. It’s unbelievable.” February 14 might be the day

of love, but for florists like Iwakiri the whole experience is an utter nightmare. She has to pre-order flowers – mostly roses – months before people are even thinking of Valentine’s Day. Even though roses are still the old favourite and men are constantly waiting to the last minute, Iwakiri has noticed men’s attitudes have changed when purchasing flowers. They need to know details about the rose, right down to what shade it is. “The men are getting so feminine,” she said. “Men want their flowers dark. They say the deeper the dark, deeper the love is.”

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Machiko Iwakiri owns a floral shop in the Hintonburg area, and says she has to order flowers months in advance for Valentine’s Day. If a man wants to get his partner roses, Iwakiri said it should be a single rose, and not the usual dozen. “Why does he have to tell her 12 times I love you?” she said. Just down the street on Wel-

lington Street West, florist Erica Sanders said the anticipation of Valentine’s Day is “unbelievable.” Sanders said the shop’s rose supplier is fair trade, so growers can only grow a certain amount

every year. So when Valentine’s Day is done, Sanders’ shop is on the phone on Feb. 15 to order more flowers for the following year. Roses are still the number one seller on Valentine’s Day. “Really, it’s always the red rose. There’s nothing like a rose on Valentine’s Day,” Sanders said. “We do still have a lot of varieties of other flowers, but not everyone likes them.” In addition to ordering flowers, the shop has to make sure all supplies are in stock including boxes and vases. Sanders said floral shop staff work long hours every year around this time and try to have everything prepared. The shop, which is usually closed on Sunday, will even be open that day to prepare for this year’s holiday which falls on a Monday. “We have all hands on deck,” said Sanders.

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In the Byward Market By Melodie Cardin, Special Events and Communications Coordinator, ByWard Market BIA

February is an exciting time in the ByWard Market. The 20th Annual ByWard Market Stew Cook-Off kicked off Winterlude with a beautful day of family fun and delicious stew on George St. This event, organized by the ByWard Market BIA, raised $5,165 for the Youth Services Bureau’s Street Outreach Program. Not only is it the month of Winterlude, it’s also Valentine’s Day and the businesses are really pulling out the stops this year with delicious menus, great parties, and sales too!

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There’s a wide array of Valentine’s Day dinner options for every taste and budget. Prix fixe menus range from $35 for two people to $85 each, and you can get everything from comfort food to gourmet cuisine by some of Ottawa’s best-known chefs. Among these offerings: Executive Chef Michael Hay of Courtyard Restaurant will be featuring a 65$ prix-fixe menu that includes such delicacies as Fois Gras Torchon, Champagne Sorbet, Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Goat’s Cheese Cheesecake. Kinki’s $75 menu includes Lobster Bisque and Green Tea Rack of Lamb, while at Stella Osteria you can taste Fried Quail and Caramelized Seabass in their $75 menu. These are just examples of the many Valentine’s dinner options available in the ByWard Market – for more options and details, please visit www.byward-market.com. For those who prefer to impress their sweetheart with their culinary talents, Saslove’s Meat Market will be featuring specials on Rabbit Loin stuffed with Duck Sausage, and Veal and Beef Tenderloin.

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The cities of Ottawa and Gatineau are expected to put the brakes on the National Capital Commission’s plan to create a bicycle-sharing program. Ottawa city hall staffers are planning to recommend against pitching in to set up the program, according to transportation committee chairwoman Marianne Wilkinson. The Kanata North councillor said there is little support for the multi-million dollar cost of setting up the program, which the NCC hoped to start this spring. The service would allow people to rent a bike for short periods or buy a subscription to use the service on a monthly or yearly basis. Five hundred bicycles were to be available at stations around the capital region, mainly in downtown, and the bikes could be returned to any location. The program was meant to “lay the groundwork for a broader, more progressive initiative” to promote environmentally sustainable transportation in the capital, an NCC spokesperson said in December. A 2009 feasibility study found the capital cost to purchase the bicycles and set up the service could be between $3 and $3.9 million. That cost was to be shared between the NCC, Ottawa and Gatineau, NCC spokes-

woman Jasmine Leduc said. But Gatineau has already pulled out of the plan, Wilkinson said, and Ottawa will likely do the same. “There is a recommendation that we not go ahead with that because the costs have skyrocketed,” Wilkinson said. “Staff are saying we cannot go ahead with it under the current proposal.” She said council had originally been told the cost to set up the program would be about $500,000 for the city’s share, but that estimate had gone up into the millions of dollars. Ottawa city staff will bring a recommendation to the city’s transportation committee, likely at its next meeting, Wilkinson said. If councillors support that recommendation, it will mean the city won’t provide funding at this time, she said. “(The) final decision to go forward this year with bike share among all parties has not yet been reached,” city spokeswoman Jocelyne Turner said in an email. Also, no final decision has been made on which projects will be given money from a $2 million “strategic initiatives” funding program, she added. Leduc said the NCC’s negotiations about the project with Ottawa and Gatineau are ongoing. “This is still a priority for the NCC,” she said. “It’s still premature to talk about Plan B.” More announcements will be made in March, she said.

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Review reveals little about potential bus route cuts The revealing of a long-awaited OC Transpo review doesn’t provide residents with a much clearer picture of which bus routes may be cut this year. After the tabling of the 2011 draft budget, Mayor Jim Watson said the review would give council direction on where $7 million in cuts could be made to the transit budget this year. An additional $15 million is supposed to be saved next year. But the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) review of OC Transpo gave little detail on where those cuts could be made. Instead, the report congratulated OC Transpo for its “well-respected” and impressive transit system, strategic direction and management. The peer review also states that OC Transpo has an “unparalleled reach” of 99 per cent of residents living within 400 metres of a transit stop at peak hours in urban areas – a “significantly higher” reach than most other North American transit authorities. The report recommends moving forward quickly on a plan to focus on bus routes that feed into the Transitway. Route cutting and route scheduling are the areas that can lead to the most savings, APTA’s Greg Hull told the city’s transit commission on Jan. 31. “If you want to be the best, you need to optimize this,” he said. Watson echoed this in a recent speech on the 2011 budget, saying that the city needs to cut back on overlapping routes and “milk runs”. The review criticized OC Transpo’s lack of communications strategy, both within the organization and to the public. “(OC Transpo needs) to make things simpler and have a more clear message,”

said Carl Desrosiers, head of Montreal’s transit authority and one of the volunteer experts who conducted the APTA review. Alain Mercier, the head of OC Transpo, said a plan to purchase less than 100 double-decker buses could save money because they cost less to operate. Watson said there will be more detail “about the kinds of changes” that could come out of the APTA review during the transit commission’s next meeting on Feb. 16, but changes to individual routes or stops won’t happen until after the 2011 budget is complete. Citizens will get a “pretty good idea” of the scope of the transit changes based on the budget discussions, Watson said. “We’ve cobbled together, based on, at times, political will or whim, a bus system that is no longer sustainable,” he said. “If we don’t make changes to make the system run more efficiently, it’s going to bankrupt us and we are going to lose more and more passengers because they are going to be so dissatisfied with the early buses, late buses and crowded buses.” It’s going to cost you more to take the bus if you use a pass or pay with tickets, but cash fares won’t change. Effective July 1, an adult fare (two tickets) will cost $2.60 – a 10-cent increase. An express fare (three tickets) will go up 15 cents to $3.90, and a rural fare (four tickets) will increase 20 cents to $5.20 per trip. Cash fares will stay the same: $3.25 for a regular trip. If you want to take the OTrain, it will also cost you a bit more. The fare will go up 10 cents to $2.85. Passes are also going up. A regular adult monthly pass will cost $94 per month – an increase of $2.50. An express pass will be worth $116 (a $2 increase) and a rural pass will go up to $145 (a $3.25 increase). A regular adult annual pass will go up $20 to $950. Student passes will also increase slightly to $75 per month, a $1.50 increase.

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The city’s transportation committee “nickled and dimed” its budget to save 10 new crossing guard positions that were on the chopping block. Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark moved a motion to trim three of the 10 new public works staff positions from the draft 2011 budget, which cut about $195,000 from the city’s $135 million transportation budget. That paved the way for Innes Ward Coun. Rainer Bloess’s motion to add the crossing-guard positions back into the budget at a cost of about $60,000. As Clark put it, it was a matter of “tighter management” versus “kids getting killed on the streets.” There will be no change in the cost to park on the street or city-owned lots in Ottawa in 2011. On-street parking permits will go up by two per cent.

Partially thanks to the city’s new payand-display metres, Ottawa is expected to make $1.7-million more in parking revenue this year. The city’s pedestrian plan will be delayed and one staff position dedicated to pedestrian issues will be eliminated – something that didn’t sit will with Somerset Ward Coun. Diane Holmes. Holmes added that it’s “phony” for the city to list 46 “strategic initiatives” in the budget that have no chance of being funded because it gives residents false hope, she said. The draft budget does include $2.8 million for cycling initiatives, $1.16 million for a multi-use bridge over Coventry Road from Overbrook to the Train Transitway station, and a traffic management plan for Richmond Road in Westboro aimed at encouraging people to walk, bike or use transit. The final budget is set to be approved at the beginning of March.

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BlackYouthaPalooza to feature young movers, shakers KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

To celebrate Black History Month, a local organization is hosting BlackYouthaPalooza, an event that will give the community a chance to network with young black movers and shakers in the city. “The young people will range anywhere between 10 years old to as old as 30,” said Adrienne Coddett, one of the event’s organizers and member of 3 Dreads and a Bald Head. “It’s based on work they’re doing through athletics, community development, entrepreneurship, poetry – all different expressions.” 3 Dreads and a Bald Head is a non-profit organization that helps develop and nurture youth – especially in the black community. The organization puts on BlackYouthaPalooza as part of Black Youth Conference Day, which is an annual event held on the last Friday and Saturday of February at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. The idea for the networking event came from the United Way’s annual Schmoozefest networking event. “We wanted to flip it so people

in the wider community could meet young, gifted black adults,” Coddett said. “(And to have the community) see some great things they’ve got going on.” Lamar McCormack, a 17-yearold from Colonel By Secondary School, is one of the young people who will be there to network throughout the conference. He helps out with 3 Dreads and a Bald Head’s conference day and is involved with his high school’s Black History Month performance. Every year at the end of February, the school teaches black history and culture through singing, dancing, poetry, acting, speeches and monologues. The show also raises money for important causes. Last year for instance, the school raised money for Haiti after the earthquake. McCormack is also involved in creating a non-profit organization called C.H.A.N.G.E = Changing How All New Generations Excel. “This is a project that is still in the development stages,” McCormack explained. “The idea behind this organization is to provide means and areas in which youth of all kinds can ex-

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Adrienne Coddett, from non-profit organization 3 Dreads and a Bald Head, has helped organize this year’s BlackYouthaPalooza. The event will be held at the Great Canadian Theatre Company at the end of February. cel and grow in areas of interest - such as music, dance, sports, art and poetry.” He hopes to network with whoever he can at BlackYouthaPalooza. “Although not everyone there

Non-urgent patients get a boost in the MRI waiting game Nicolas Ruszkowski Nicolas Ruszkowski VP, Communications Ottawa Hospital It has been a year since an old friend, Ron Guirguis, left Ottawa for New York City. I’m thinking of him because he would have liked the announcement made last week by Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi and new Champlain Local Health Integration Network CEO Alex Munter that the Ontario Government would invest $506,500 to increase access to MRI scans in Ottawa until March 31, 2011. Ron played football in high school and university, for a total of almost 6 years. The impact on his knees was terrible. While he remains active, he is limited in the kinds of sports he can undertake.

will have exactly the same endeavors as I do, they can pass information to me that might be able to help me later in the future of my aspirations,” he said. “In addition, you never know whose help you might

need in the future. Having a few extra people in your corner is never a bad thing.” Coddett said overall, she hopes that the event will help keep people from making negative generalizations about young adults. “If young people are truly the pulse of the future, what we need to do as adults is listen to what they want for this world,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for the wider black community to be authentically listening, and using more than just their ears.” On the flip side, Coddett said she hopes the event will also send a positive message to other young people. “We hope it encourages young people to pursue their passions,” she said. Coddett added BlackYouthaPalooza is open to everyone, and participants can come and network whether it’s for 15 minutes or a few hours. BlackYouthaPalooza will be held on Feb. 26 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Admission is $20 and refreshments will be served. For more information email: 3dreads@gmail.com

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emergency, they are considered non-urgent, and they wait for MRI scans an average of 170 days, with some waiting as long as 220 days. 4,000 such patients await an MRI scan right now. For almost 3,000 of these patients, last week’s announcement represents a big relief. The funding will allow The Ottawa Hospital, The Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Montfort Hospital to make a significant dent in region’s MRI waiting list. As Paula Doering, The Ottawa Hospital’s VicePresident, Clinical Programs responsible for Diagnostic Imaging said on behalf of the three hospitals, “staff have risen and accepted the challenge of picking up these necessary shifts. In addition to that, our radiologists have assured us that they will adjust their schedules to meet the increased volume and ensure timely reports are available.” The team effort builds on an increasingly aggressive approach to providing MRI services, with hospitals operating their scanners between 16 to 18 hours a day.

He plays touch football with a massive knee brace. He can no longer play hockey or skate. He takes on other activities knowing his knees may not withstand the effort.

Until 2008, the Champlain LHIN had the longest MRIs wait times in Ontario, up to 294 days. Since then, two new MRI machines have been added, for a total of 8, which has been a major factor in the region’s improved performance.

Others patients have an even harder time. Their knee, back, hip, ankle or other joint pain is chronic. Since they don’t, however, face a medical

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By 2012, booking arena ice time in Ottawa could become as easy as booking a hotel room. Right now, frustrated residents often find themselves mired in a series of phone calls and forms if they want to apply for a city permit, book time at a municipal recreation centre or even apply for a burn permit. But the city’s proposed new Service Ottawa project is aimed at putting those options online so they will be available to residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new program proposed in the draft 2011 would cost about $15 million this year and a similar amount in the next couple of years, up to a projected total cost of $79 million over five years. But it’s expected to generate $40 million in savings each year by 2014, deputy city manager Steve Kanellakos told the finance and economic development committee during its Feb. 1 meeting. It’s a big undertaking, but city staff say it will make a huge difference to how people use city services – and that means big savings to the bottom line. Some of the city’s complicated and often antiquated procedures discourage people from using services, such as booking ice time, Kanellakos said. Right now, residents must call during limited business hours to ask about arena availability, but there is often a lengthy turnaround time before the resident could

Resident requests The City of Ottawa handles a lot of resident requests each year. Putting up to 30 per cent of these options online is expected to cut back on staffing costs. • Total 311 service requests each year: 248,910-Bylaw: 49,239 • Waste collection: 52,957 • Recycling information requests (including green bin): 10,713 • Road maintenance: 27,387 • Traffic issues: 11,821 • Parking enforcement: 25,262 • Parking equipment, such as a faulty meter: 9,120 • Parking ticket inquiries: 4,513 • Trees: 11,500

hear back about their request. Forms must be faxed, signed and returned and the payment must be made before they can access the ice and if someone wants to book last-minute ice time, they have to call each arena to check the availability. If the Service Ottawa project is approved in the budget, all of that could be done 24/7 online by 2012. Making the process easier and more accessible could generate another $153,000 for the city each year. That’s because 5,835 prime hours of arena time go unbooked each year.


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On winter mornings for 10 years, Tim Marta would watch the sunrise as he prepared the ice rink in Iona Park. Haulling a long hose from a shed, Marta would flood the ice so his neighbours could enjoy the rink for another day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once you got going, it was quite a pleasant job,â&#x20AC;? he said. Marta eventually passed the torch as rink manager in 2008 to the Hampton Iona Community Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lorne Cutler, but the winter reminds him of his time running the show at the neighbourhood ice rink. The Rideau Canal is a great rink, he said â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but the one located in Iona Park has a special place in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been a highlight in terms if getting the community together and using the park,â&#x20AC;? Marta said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The park is important to neighbourhood.â&#x20AC;? He has fond memories of bringing his young children on the ice, and volunteered with cleaning up the rink. Then in 1998, he became rink manager. Time, energy and persistence go into creating a successful

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West-end resident Tim Marta was responsible for maintaining the Iona Park skating rink as rink manager for 10 years. skating rink, he said - just like it does with the longest skating rink in the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody has their own technique and some are quite sophisticated, but ours was pretty basic,â&#x20AC;? Marta said. To make a good skating rink, he had to wait until there was enough snow for a base and the ground needed to be frozen. The next trick was figuring out how to pack down the base, which Marta said could be challenging.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tried one year with car and it got stuck five times,â&#x20AC;? he laughed. Another year, he tried to pack it with snow shoes. He tested it out using snow shoe harnesses and stomping it down with boards. Even after the base was packed, he had to worry about boot prints sticking in the snow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty disheartening in the first week or two of smoothing out the ice,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes a lot of flooding and a lot of patience.â&#x20AC;?

He said he often did the bulk of the work himself, with two or three volunteers backing him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would take a lot of convincing for people to help me,â&#x20AC;? he laughed. But Marta enjoyed the neighbourhood traditions associated with the rink that still continue today. Every year, neighbours in the community surround the open rink with their old Christmas trees. He remembers hosting winter carnivals, using the ice as a centerpiece for people to play games and skate. The fire department even came once so children could climb all over the fire truck. Marta remembers the second time the fire department came â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he was taking down the lights around the rink at the end of the season and the wires started sparking. He also remembers seeing all the hockey pucks that would accumulate once the snow started to melt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because the rink has no boards, we use a lot of pucks and lose a lot of pucks,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the season when the snow starts to melt, I would get there and pick up 50 pucks. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d

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Winter has officially hit Ottawa with dipping temperatures, whiteouts and a fully-frozen Rideau Canal. But instead of having the winter blues, members of the Lincoln Heights-Parkway Community Association see the season as something to celebrate. On Feb. 12, the group will be hosting its annual Winter Follies event at Regina Street Elementary school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a winter carnival, (but) we call it follies because it includes several types of activities,â&#x20AC;? said Julia Goodman, the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coordinator and association chairwoman. Goodman and fellow association member Suzanne Gauthier run the show every year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since there are quite a few details to put together, we prefer to have two coordinators so that no one gets overloaded,â&#x20AC;? Goodman said. The association is a young organization â&#x20AC;&#x201C; only being established in 2009. Last year was the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Winter Follies event, which Goodman said attracted many people from the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The community association wanted to have a winter carnival to bring people together, enjoy winter and have fun,â&#x20AC;? Goodmain said. Using the neighbourhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rink and nearby Regina Street elementary school, the organization put on both indoor and outdoor activities.

Outdoors, the rink serves as an area where both children and adults can skate and play hockey. Goodman said members of the association were surprised to see some children show up with no hockey equipment, but still wanted to play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some families were kind enough to go home and return with sticks to lend for the afternoon,â&#x20AC;? said Goodman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone who wanted to play got included.â&#x20AC;? She added that members of the community even improvised equipment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like using a shovel as a goalie stick. For those who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to play hockey, Goodman said people came by the school and drank hot chocolate and visited with their neighbours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expected the social part of the carnival to be so important, but it turned out that it was,â&#x20AC;? she said. She added that having indoor events at a winter carnival are important for getting people out of the cold for a while and giving them a chance to meet their community. This year, Goodman hopes the conditions will be better for tobogganing since last year the snow conditions made it difficult. Goodman hopes that both adults and children will have fun, socialize and take part in community spirit at the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suzanne and I are both excited about this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, which will be easier as we have last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience and momentum to build on,â&#x20AC;? said Goodman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So far, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re finding that last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volunteers have signed up to do the same jobs

keep them for the next season.â&#x20AC;? When Marta retired as rink manager, he knew he would miss the job â&#x20AC;&#x201C; despite the highs and lows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always enjoyed working with the kids,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a satisfaction of building something used for the neighbourhood. I miss it, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still going.â&#x20AC;? Cutler, who has taken on the role as rink manager, said he relies on more volunteers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I took it over, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what I was doing,â&#x20AC;? laughed Cutler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried to get more volunteers to build the rink.â&#x20AC;? Iona Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rink brings in roughly a few hundred people a week, in addition to Hilson Avenue Public Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students who skate there every week in the winter. The rink also has some help from the city. It is one of the Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 247 outdoor rinks funded by the City of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Outdoor Rink Program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a vital part of the community and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in your neighbourhood. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to go to the canal every night,â&#x20AC;? said Cutler. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a positive scene on the community and everyone loves the rink.â&#x20AC;?

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The public deserves answers

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Barrhaven girl won’t be charged by the Ottawa police after sending them on a wild goose chase last month to track down an alleged sexual attacker. We need to know why. Police sought the public’s help to find potential witnesses, anyone who had seen suspicious behaviour around the Fallowfield Road park-and-ride, the place where the girl said she was dumped after an assault at gunpoint. The community went into panic mode. Memories of a similar attack on Jennifer Teague have bubbled to the surface. Residents are remembering all too clearly, when she was found dead following her disappearance five years ago. Her attacker is serving life in prison. The details in this latest incident were like those portrayed by a crime writer: a male in his 40s, light brown- or olive-skinned, who spoke English with a French-type accent, approximately five-foot-six, of medium build with a slightly protruding stomach and dark, shaggy ear-length hair. He wore a beige suede coat, blue jeans, black work boots, glasses with thin black rims and a gold wedding band, said the alleged victim. Now, weeks later, police said it didn’t happen

– they couldn’t substantiate it – and charges of mischief won’t be laid. Now the community has changed its focus of anger from the attacker they were ready to tar and feather to the girl who cried wolf… or did she? There are so many questions that are unanswered: Was the false report driven by a personal vendetta or a lovers’ quarrel? Is she mentally unstable? But most importantly to the community, we need answers to two key questions: Why wasn’t the girl charged? And what is the cost to the taxpayer when the police investigate a false claim such as this? A similar incident happened in Hawkesbury when a 15-year-old girl fabricated a story of assault, blamed a boy she went to school with who was subsequently charged. She will appear in court on March 2 to answer to the mischief charges after confessing that it didn’t happen. It makes us wonder why the police won’t elaborate on the specifics of the complex investigation, including the costs to the taxpayers. Doesn’t the public have a right to know? We need answers. Sometimes not knowing only creates more problems.

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Future shock: The storm is always bigger before it arrives

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eading the newspapers and watching TV, you might get the impression that storms are bigger these days. That’s difficult to know, since these things were not always measured with the precision that they are today. But it’s possible. And it’s also possible that it’s the media, not the storms, that are bigger. Storms are covered like never before, from every angle. CNN has photographs from space; the Weather Network has viewer videos of their driveways and tweets from people who have been looking outside. (The network also briefly turned its screen red, always a thrill.) This all comes from the arrival of 24hour news – all-news channels competing with each other, and news websites doing the same. In the struggle to fill all that time and all that cyberspace, any story can become big big big, and the weather is a perfect topic. The process is particularly evident in the U.S., which doesn’t do very well at dealing with snow but excels at covering it. Last week’s storm was all over the American news networks, and well before it even arrived. It was lucky that the crisis in Egypt received any coverage at all.

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town The storm was expected to impact 100 million people, a headline on CNN said, before it began. This in itself was an upgrade from an earlier headline: “Tens of millions of people will be affected.” Meanwhile, split screens showed various U.S. locations that were already affected, and they all looked like Ottawa on a calm day in early December. “This week’s winter storm could be one for record books,” said a headline, two days before the storm arrived. “Will weather snarl Super Bowl travel?” asked another headline. And just to show that Americans are not alone in fearing the worst, the Toronto Globe and Mail headlined: “Southern Ontario braces for a snowy slammer.” There is an important journalistic principle at play here, which is that you can produce much better headlines

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before the event than after. The storm may not live up to expectations, but the expectations can produce some real excitement. Will this storm be the worst ever? What if it is? Will the country come to a standstill? Will people freeze? Starve? What is the White House saying? Television does this particularly well, with breathless reporters in storm gear standing in the middle of cities that are expected to be paralyzed with snow, but are not yet. The same principle applies to sports writing, where the Super Bowl is predicted to be the best ever, or political writing, where fireworks are predicted when Parliament resumes. If the Super Bowl is a dud, or Parliament is peaceful (hah!), no one much notices that the predictions are wrong, since the media have already moved on to fevered speculating about other topics. Killer bees could be returning! For news consumers, it’s fine too, since we would sooner read about a storm coming than about a storm arriving. And for Canadian readers, there is the added smug satisfaction of snickering at the winter rookies in the States. Even if the storm does not live up to expectations – a safe assumption – the

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news media are not to be denied. On the day the “colossal blizzard,” as it was called, finally arrived, CNN cut to its man in St. Louis, standing there in his red jacket and hat, in the middle of what appeared to be a nice day, with little wind and just a trace of snow on the ground. He pointed at the telephone wires above and said that they could be a problem if ice appeared, which it hadn’t yet. Then he walked over to a car and snapped an icicle off the grill, holding it up to the camera. An icicle! In winter! Has this ever happened? Meanwhile the headlines rumbled on: “Monster storm moves east.” And for all anyone knew, maybe it would.

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hree years ago, I knew nothing about finances. Every time I heard the term registered retirement savings plan,(RRSP), I wanted to run for the hills and scratch my eyeballs out. But there’s something new and alluring in our Canadian financial planning tool box that changed my mind: tax-free savings accounts, also known as TFSAs. If financial acronyms make you yawn and want to turn the page, please try to restrain yourself for a moment because I think TFSAs are going to turn you on. These sexy little savings accounts were introduced by the federal government three years ago on the brink of recession to encourage Canadians to sock away a bit more of their disposable income. Unlike RRSPs, TFSAs are simple and accessible. And for low-to-medium income earners – which are most of us – they’re a great alternative to stashing cash under the mattress, better than RRSPs, in fact. RRSPs, as you probably comprehend by now, are a way of deferring taxes. But RRSPs only work to your advantage if you save while you’re in a high income tax bracket and withdraw when you are in a low income tax bracket. For anyone who is low income – those on maternity leave, recently graduated or in the early days of a new business, for example – RRSPs are, frankly, a bit of a rip-off. Yes, you defer the tax, but you may end up paying more tax when you withdraw the money in your retirement.

Still, we would all like to save a bit of money for a rainy day, or say, for our pensions (because secretly we have an inkling that the Canada Pension Plan will spontaneously combust before we ever get our hands on it). And that’s where the TFSA comes in. The TFSA is basically a savings account where all interest earned is tax free. If I put $5,000 into my TFSA and invest it into nice, safe, guaranteed investment certificates, (GICs), and earn a modest two per cent this year on my investment (around $100), I don’t have to give the government a percentage of the $100 I earned. And if I were a riskier investor who put the $5,000 of my TFSA into stocks and doubled my money, I would make $5,000 in investment income and I still wouldn’t have to pay the government a penny. Put simply, TFSAs are a great way to shelter investment earnings that you may be saving for retirement. But they’re also a great way to save money in the short term. Unlike with RRSPs, I’ve already paid tax on the money I put into my TFSA, so I can access it whenever I want without penalty. TFSAs are great for me as a small business owner. I regularly have to hold money in trust that will ultimately be turned over to the government – such as my income tax, CPP contributions and the harmonized sales tax (HST) I collect. Well, why not make a bit of money on it? Case in point: I recently purchased threemonth-term GICs within my TFSA. Between now and April, I can make a bit of money on my investment, grow my TFSA, and withdraw what I owe to the government at the end of 90 days. If you’ve filed a personal income tax return for the past three years, you currently have $15,000 worth of tax-free savings room available to you. I say go for it, if for no other reason than TFSAs are pretty damned sexy. I, for one, am totally sold.

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LAST WEEK’S POLL SUMMARY

What do you think about the city’s $1.3-million segregated bicycle-lane pilot project for Laurier Avenue?

What do you think is the best way to help those who are forced to turn to the food bank for assistance?

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A) Increase monthly social assistance 29% payments

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C) Cyclists would be safer if drivers and cyclists learned the rules of the road D) It’s a waste of money and a hassle to remove parking on Laurier

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Psychologist shares facts about eating disorders KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

During the first week of February, which is Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Jane Blouin is a busy woman at the Ottawa Eating Disorder Clinic. It’s Blouin’s job to help people overcome their eating disorders – a job that has its rewards, and its challenges. “When they get better, and most of them do, I love it,” she said from her office overlooking Carling Avenue. “But some don’t, or it might take years and years to get better. The challenge is to help them recognize that their health is worth more than the psychological perfectionism or control issues driving their need to be thin.” Blouin started her career specializing in eating disorders nearly 20 years ago. She and her husband were on staff at the Civic Hospital and were interested in doing research on eating disorders. Blouin remembers the brief call the pair put out to participants. The next day, they had 250 responses from people who wanted to take part in the study. “There were no resources for eating disorders at that time, so we stumbled across this need,” she said. “It became our area of research.” Blouin, her husband and colleague Jane Barlow worked on funding for an eating disorder clinic at the Civic Hospital. They ran the busy clinic there for 10

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Jane Blouin is a psychologist at the Ottawa Eating Disorder Clinic on Carling Avenue. years – and the demand just kept growing, she said. The clinic then moved out of the hospital and into the community – first stationed at Carleton University, and then to its current location at the Westgate Shopping Centre. At the clinic, Blouin meets people, the vast majority of them women and teen girls, every day and assesses their conditions. “When they picked up the phone and made that phone call, they’re ready (to start treatment),” said Blouin. “The only

exception is young teens who might be dragged in here by their parents kicking and screaming.” When she has a patient who might not want help, Blouin works to find out why they might not want treatment. “It’s all about helping them shift their mindset or attitudes towards the problem,” Blouin explained. “And help them shift their attitudes towards weight control.” One of the most important things she stresses is if a loved one is sick with an eating disorder, they cannot be pushed

into treatment. However someone with an eating disorder should see someone immediately to be assessed by a doctor. “A lot of times people come in and they’re afraid of weight gain. I tell them I’ll do three assessments and that can be it,” Blouin said. “Nine times out of 10, they come back for treatment.” She added that as a psychologist, she has to listen to what the patient is telling her. If they’re feeling suicidal about the idea of weight gain then they’re not ready, she said. “Pushing them too hard can really backfire,” she said. Blouin can’t comment on whether or not there’s been an increase in eating disorders over the years. There’s no data that proves it. However she said as long as the emphasis on thinness continues in North America, there will always be eating disorders. Some cultures in the Middle East value plumpness, she said, and there are little to no eating disorders there. “As a woman in North America, you think twice before you eat dessert,” she said. “We’re still obsessed with thinness. But with all the awareness coming out about eating disorders and the media promoting more plus size models, there might be a slight decrease as that emphasis decreases.”

Intensification proving to be biggest threat to older growth trees From FOREST on page 1 It’s simply called the Champlain Oaks Project, and Buckles said it’s aimed at educating people about the benefits of the trees and celebrating them. An awareness of the benefits of the trees will be even more important as Champlain Park faces the increasing pressure of intensification, Buckles said. The initiative got underway within the past two months, and approximately 40 people are involved so far. Larger homes and the process of construction sometimes leaves little room for trees, but organizers hope that fostering an appreciation for some of the city’s oldest trees will encourage developers and homebuilders to do the same. “The original builders of this neighbourhood built it in a way that respected those trees,” Van Staalduinen said. “Early developers went out of their way to save the trees, and we’d like to see that continue,” Buckles added. Each individual tree is an important piece of the puzzle, Buckles said – they are stronger together. They are the remainder of the forest that covered the landscape before the city existed, and their evolution into an “urban forest” has created a habitat for wildlife, a stormwater management system and a temperature regulator. The group of trees is also a resource of the hardiest genetic stock, Buckles said.

TREE CENSUS Part of the effort to celebrate the trees is a new tree inventory the community is looking to compile. It’s not the first neighbourhood in the city to undertake a tree census said David Barkely, a manager in the city’s forestry department. The Glebe and Rockcliffe Park both have similar projects. A tree inventory is a great resource for city staff, Barkley said, because the department doesn’t have the resources or even the ability to count trees growing on private property. The city has kept an inventory of trees since the 1980s, but it only includes trees on city property. In many areas of the city, most of the tree cover is found on private property; that’s why council has approved bylaws regulating tree cutting on private property, Barkley said. Knowing the location, species and approximate age of trees helps the city plan its strategy to achieve the city’s goal of 38 per cent tree cover across the city. That plan will be under increasing pressure as the city will lose an estimated 750 ash trees, which will be chopped down within the next six weeks before they are decimated by the emerald ash borer. To connect with the Champlain Oaks Project and help with the tree inventory, visit champlainoaks.posterous.com.


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about this free service. “We have found that people who are low income haven’t heard about us and this time around we wanted to make sure people knew who we were and the kind of free services that we offer,” Mahoney said. ACORN estimates the service has saved clients close to $113,000. The group hopes services such as these help change some low income people’s situation one dollar at a time. “Book as soon as possible because the spaces have been filling up pretty quickly,” Mahoney said. The clinic is booking appointments now and will open their clinic to the public on Feb. 7 and the clinic will run until May 21.

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DAN PLOUFFE Around 50 athletes, coaches and officials from Ottawa are set to take off for the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Nova Scotia Feb. 11-27 and a big chunk of them will be carrying ringette sticks. Five out of the 16 players on Team Ontario’s playing roster – plus two more alternates – are from the area and will compete in an intense seven-day tournament during the first week of the Games. “I’m definitely excited, and nervous for the girls,” says Carrie Lugg, an Ontario assistant coach and Canterbury High School grad. “The hours and hard work they put in is all coming together now. It’s been a really long road for them.” It’s taken countless hours and many, many years for the under20 ringette athletes to reach the Canada Winter Games level. The Team Ontario selection process began around a year-and-a-half ago, with the players training together on a few occasions in the summer months and multiple times since the season kicked off in the fall. Team Ontario attended prepa-

ratory Challenge Cup competitions in Calgary and Pickering, Ont., where they played Alberta in both finals, winning once and losing the other. “I think everyone goes in with the intention of going for gold, and that’s definitely ours,” notes Lugg, who’s observed an improved level of competition across the country in recent years. “There’s no gimme games now. It’ll be a really tough battle for our team and I think it’s about persevering through the whole tournament.” Glebe Collegiate Institute grad Alex Bateman, who’s scored 16 goals and 16 assists in 17 games playing in the senior-level National Ringette League this season, has the potential to be a major star at the Canada Games – a fact that no one knows better than Lugg, who plays alongside Bateman with the Ottawa Ice. “It’s funny – we’re teammates on one team and then I coach her on the other,” Lugg smiles. “She’s definitely a strong leader and doesn’t need the ‘C’ to get her message across. I know the other girls on the team really look up to her and we look to her to be that person in between the coaching staff and the players.

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Ottawa Ice players make up a strong portion of Team Ontario’s ringette entry in the upcoming 2011 Canada Winter Games Feb. 11-27 in Nova Scotia. She’s been an asset both on the ice and off this year.” John McCrae Secondary School grad Kelsey Youldon, a Wilfrid Laurier University student who plays for the NRL’s Waterloo Wildfire, also figures to play a prominent role as another experienced member of Team Ontario, while St. Patrick’s student Kali MacAdam, St. Joseph grad Natalie Crouch and Ashbury College student Sarah Gross represent some of the squad’s younger talent. Lugg says it’s “really special”

to see athletes she’s coached since they were young reach the level they have and get the chance to enjoy all the fun of a Winter Games, complete with opening ceremonies and TV coverage. The Gloucester Concordes are also sending an astonishing nine out of 18 Team Ontario athletes to compete in short- and longtrack speedskating at the Canada Winter Games. Coach Lynne Morrison will lead a group that includes Concordes club members Julien Col-

lin-Demers, Vincent De Haitre, Camille Bean, Hannah Morrison, Philippe Bergeron, Emily Rendell-Watson, Isabelle Weidemann, Gabrielle St-Germain and Cambridge native Keri Morrison. Other Ottawa-area athletes competing are: curlers Lauren Horton, Cassandra Lewin, Andrea Sinclair and Jessica Armstrong, Andrew Bursey (biathlon), Daxxon Gill (wheelchair basketball), James Pintea (table tennis), Philippe Aurora (boxing), Nicholas Baptiste (hockey), Brad Barker (alpine skiing), Kathleen Connelly (alpine skiing guide), Oliver Gervais (short-track speedskating), Samantha Glavine (figure skating), Margarita Gorbounova (crosscountry skiing), John Kirby (cross-country skiing guide), Quincy Korte-King (snowboarding), Vesta Mather (cross-country skiing guide), Lisa Nasu-Yu (figure skating), Erikka Niemi (biathlon), Joseph Rogers (badminton), Alana Thomas (crosscountry skiing) and Shannon Zheng (table tennis). More than 2,700 athletes will compete in 20 sports in this year’s Canada Winter Games, which are held every four years.

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OSU sending two teams to inaugural Dallas girls’ tournament MATTHEW JAY matthew.jay@metroland.com

Two more Ottawa South United academy teams will be blazing trails for the city soccer scene in April when the club’s ’95 and ’96 girls’ squads travel to Texas to take part in the inaugural Dallas International Girls Cup. Coming on the heels on an announcement that a pair of the club’s Force Academy boys’ teams have been invited to take part in the prestigious Dallas Cup alongside some of the top youth teams in the world, the latest announcement adds another feather to OSU’s cap. “The fact that it’s being run by the Dallas Texans, which is the No. 1 (youth) club in the United States, the fact that Nike is sponsoring it – it’s a big deal,” said Ottawa South United general manager Jim Lianos. The tournament, which runs from April 19 to 25, will feature clubs such as Eclipse Select Soccer Club based in Libertyville, Illinois, the Colorado Storm, FC Dallas, the Alberta Soccer Association provincial team, Crewe Alexandra ladies FC as well as teams from Norway and Denmark. “The quality is going to be very good,” said Lianos. He added that this is yet another opportunity for the players to receive ex-

posure to both professional and college scouts. The ’95 girls’ team recently participated in the Disney’s Soccer Showcase tournament in Florida in late December, which also attracts top teams from Canada, the United States and Europe. Both teams compete locally in the Ontario Soccer League. Registration is currently underway at Ottawa South United, and tryouts for the Force Academy teams as well as the club’s other competitive teams get underway on Feb. 14.

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Mike Robinson started paddling when he was a 10-year-old boy growing up in Halifax. “It was really just a situation where my friends said they were going to the new canoe club,” he said. “I went with them, and I just never left.” Robinson continued to canoe competitively throughout his life and across the country. Most recently, he was named as the Rideau Canoe Club’s new head coach. He said he had been in talks with the canoe club about the position for a while, and said he was pleased when everything was finalized. “I was happy, and obviously interested in the job,” said Robinson. “It’s always nice to have a challenge to look forward to.” Robinson said he’s interested in starting his new job at the canoe club on May 1 because of its reputation in the canoeing community. “Rideau is one of the longest standing and most developed new clubs in the country,” he said. “It’s quite an honour.” Hector Carranco of the Rideau Canoe Club said the club had been without a head coach for a few years, but hadn’t been able to find one. When they found Robinson, staff knew they found the right person. Robinson’s competitive experience as well as leadership was just what the Rideau Canoe Club was looking for in a head coach. In particular, Carranco said the club needed a coach who would be a good example for the junior coaches. “There was no mentor for the junior coaches to try and follow, and so we think Mike has that leadership that we’re looking for in a head coach,” said Carranco. He added that other clubs Robinson

has worked for excelled – from gaining more membership to winning a better place in national championships. Carranco said many club coaches are seasonal, and it will make a difference to add another full time coach to the club – especially since more athletes are hanging around the club to work out over the winter. “If you go to the club right now, it’s full,” he said. “Athletes are training in the winter to get ready for the season.” Under Robinson’s leadership, Carranco hopes to see more athletes in all age groups getting involved. The club currently has programs for teens and junior age groups, for example, but Carranco said the club hopes to see more involvement and retention from the community. With Robinson’s help, he hopes that the club can build program enrolment from the ground up, retain children entering the kids’ program – and, strengthen the club’s competitive program. Carranco added that the club has also recently been working on its mission and values. After talking to Robinson, Carranco believes that the new head coach will be able to achieve the club’s vision to become even better. That involves promoting teamwork, Carranco said. “Sometimes difficult to grasp the idea that canoeing is a team sport rather than an individual sport,” he said. “When we go to the national championships, it’s a club. The idea is that people believe we are a team, and they are working for their teammate.” Robinson’s hopes his new position are both for the club and personal. “Generally, my hope is just to become better,” he said. “It will be my objective to evaluate where we are, and look for opportunities to become better as an individual and an entire team. It’s really to get better and grow.”


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• JAN. 31 TO FEB. 21 Toddlertime at the Alta Vista branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Stories, rhymes and songs for babies and a parent or caregiver. Ages 1835 months. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. (30 min.)

• 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. 6 For an afternoon of songs and fiddle tunes from the British Isles and beyond, join us at Concerts-in-the-Glebe. The performers, including Shannon Linton, soprano; Doreen Taylor-Claxton, soprano and harp; Alexis MacIsaac, fiddle; and Jane Perry, piano, will present traditional songs and Celtic fiddle tunes. The concert will take place on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2:30 in Glebe St. James United Church, 650 Lyon St. at First Avenue. Admission is $15, $10 for students and seniors. Admission by donation is always welcome. For more information, contact the church at 613-236-0617 or visit www.glebestjames.ca .

• FEB. 7 The February general meeting of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW)-Ottawa will be held on Monday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, 2400 Alta Vista Drive. It is open to the public. Guest speaker Hamdi Mohamed, Executive Director, Ontario Immigration Services Organization (OCISO) will talk about immigration & refugee issues & services. Contact for Information: (613) 746-2632. Ottawa Torah Institute High School’s annual public lecture on medical ethics will discuss ‘Euthanasia: A Jewish Ethical Perspective.’ Featured speaker is high school dean Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Porat, a specialist in Judaic law. Event takes place in Social Hall A at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private, off Carling and Broadview, at 7:15 p.m. Tickets $25, seniors (age 60 and older) and students $15. Call 613-244-9119 or email secretary@ottawatorah.org.

• FEB. 8 Celebrate Harmony Awareness Week with an award-winning women’s a cappella chorus. There will be an open rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 6:45 p.m. at Cityview United Church, 6 Epworth Ave., Nepean. Call 613837-7704 for more information or visit www. capitalchordettes.ca .

• FEB. 13 Heaven and Earth will perform spiritual Tibetan music in tune with singing bowls, bells and gongs on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Garden of Light, 1099 Bank St. (near Sunnyside). The concert is free of charge, but space limited. Please call 613-680-5727 to reserve your place.

• MAR. 10 The Canadian Federation of University Women and the Ottawa Council of Women are hosting their seventh annual International Women’s Day Event on Thursday, March 10 from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St. The theme will be Celebrating 100 Years of Progress. Guest speakers will include Caroline Andrew, director of the Centre on Governance at Ottawa University and Pamela Walker, joint chair in women’s studies at both Carleton University and Ottawa University. The evening’s featured artist will be Amanda Cottreau, a local singer/songwriter. The event will include women’s history displays, refreshments, a cash bar and door prizes. Tickets are $25 in advance. Please visit www.cfuw-ottawa. org for information and online registration. For an afternoon of songs and fiddle tunes from the British Isles and beyond, join us at Concerts-in-the-Glebe. The performers, including Shannon Linton, soprano; Doreen Taylor-Claxton, soprano and harp; Alexis MacIsaac, fiddle; and Jane Perry, piano, will present traditional songs and Celtic fiddle tunes. The concert will take place on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2:30 in Glebe St. James United Church, 650 Lyon St. at First Avenue. Admission is $15, $10 for students and seniors. Admission by donation is always welcome. For more information, contact the church at 613-236-0617 or visit www.glebestjames.ca .

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2010 H3 SUT

2007 Pontiac Vibe 2 TO CHOOSE FROM! Lux pkg, leather, roof, loaded, only 11750 kms

5 DOOR, PWR GROUP, AUTOMATIC, AIR $12,888**

CAR CODE hapccm

$37,888** $236* Bi-weekly

Plus Taxes, 6.99% for 84 Mths

2008 Chevrolet Impala

AUTO, AIR, PWR GRP

CAR CODE jwkpof

Navigation, Intelebeam, only 16,000km! 10-6549

4X4 with Hitch

CAR CODE detgde

2008 Canyon

CAR CODE wyyojr

$39,888**

CAR CODE tvjubr

Bi-weekly

2007 Canyon Truck 2WD, 5 CYL, A/C, with 58,000km! P-3574A

US1666A

CAR CODE thccya

FOR PICS AND INFO TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE!

HEATED SEATS

Plus Taxes, 6.99% for 84 Mths

1@ $24,888**

CAR CODE maccof

$179* Bi-weekly

Plus Taxes, 6.99% for 84 Mths

2010 Tahoe LT Hybrid Loaded, gas saving hybrid, nav, sunroof, only 8960 kms

$50,888**

CAR CODE kmthup

2010 GMC Acadia SLT AWD

2010 Saturn Vue XE

Heated leather. Only 21,000 kms. 5 Available

3 TO CHOOSE FROM! Wow!! Economical SUV, only 24500kms

1@$20,888** $158* Bi-weekly

Plus Taxes, 6.99% for 96 Mths

2010 Cadillac SRX

CAR CODE hayoub

1@$35,888**

CAR CODE hayoub

$227* Bi-weekly

Plus Taxes, 6.99% for 96 Mths

2009 GMC Savana 3500

2008 Ford Edge LTD Limited, loaded, AWD, only 68000kms

Luxury SUV crossover, leather, roof, only 22000kms

4X4, LEATHER, SUNROOF,

CAR CODE pgeheh

$199* Bi-weekly

ONE OTHER $49,888

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2010 Ford Escape

1@ $27,888**

2 TO CHOOSE FROM! US1660

CAR CODE CORDOD

38681

$15,888**

2010 Chevrolet Impalas

2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

2010 Ford Escape

$24,888*

CAR CODE asdrdr

2 TO CHOOSE FROM! US1661

4 cyl, 4x4, leather sunroof, loaded

SLE Extended Cab Staiinless Steel Toolbox Inc.

$18,888**

CAR CODE hwmyrv

$9,488

2009 Cadillac DTS

DEAL OF THE WEEK

2007 Trail Blazer

$16,888**

CAR CODE futhhz

CAR CODE oreasw

2007 Cadillac CTS

2 TO CHOOSE FROM $20,888**

2007 Optra Wagon Loaded, keyless entry, powergroup, MP3, Auto, Air 53000kms

$14,888**

LOW MILEAGE, LEATHER RARE 3.6

$12,888**

2009 Montana

90 DAYS NO PAYMENT

16’ cube, A/C, ramp with 26,000km. PR3365

2 TO CHOOSE FROM!

$276* Bi-weekly

Plus Taxes, 6.99% for 72 Mths

CAR CODE ubbesm

$26,888** $193* Bi-weekly

Plus Taxes, 6.99% for 84 Mths

CAR CODE pyrppd

1200 Baseline @ Merivale

613.225.CARS (2277)

*Payments included all fees only HST and license extra. Bi-weekly payments are 72/84/96 months OAC. Finance example $10,000 at 6.29% for 96 months, bi-weekly payment is $61, COB is $3157. **Purchase price includes all fees only HST and license extra.

CAR CODE upbydo

Bi-weekly

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Queensway (417) (Experimental Farm)

Baseline Myers Cadillac Chevrolet NEW SHOWROOM

Myers Used Car Centre

448489

$42,888**

Merival e

CAR CODE thyoth

Maitland

$27,888**

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Ottawa This Week - West  

February 10, 2011

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