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WEST EDITION: Serving Britannia, Carlingwood, Westboro, Island Park and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 19

March 3, 2011 | 28 Pages

FAMILIES IN NEED The pastor at a Britannia church hopes efforts to help refugees in the area spreads city-wide.


SUDS FOR A CAUSE The owner of Kichesippi Beer is donating a portion of sales to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes.


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ENJOYING WINTER WHILE IT LASTS Tara Tosh Kennedy and her son, two-year-old Liam Kennedy, took some time to rest and eat popcorn at the Hampton Iona Community Group’s annual winter carnival on Feb. 27. For more photos from the carnival, see page 12.

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been approved in its first stage,” said Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Katherine Hobbs. “There won’t be any problem with that.” Hobbs said the initiative is needed to help reduce the amount of vehicles clogging up Richmond Road – especially during rush hour – so the street can function better without having to widen it. The plan includes increasing the number of sidewalks, installing bicycle lanes, and introducing new bus shelters to name a few changes. Hobbs said the plan will be implemented over the next 15 years.

“It won’t be as fast as we like,” she said, adding that new bike lanes will likely be one of the first things residents will notice on the stretch of Richmond Road. Hobbs said she has received positive feedback from the community about the new transportation plan. “The main feedback from people was it wasn’t happening soon enough,” she said. “They wanted to get this in place as soon as possible.” Gary Ludington, head of the Westboro Community Association, said he and some See PLAN on page 13

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Pastor Terry Orchard has been leading Mission to Moms – an organization that helps refugee mothers and families who are transitioning into subsidized housing, and life in Canada.

Mission to Moms lends a helping hand to west-end refugee families KRISTY WALLACE

Early on a winter evening, Pastor Terry Orchard cradles his Bible and heads down to a small, run-down motel in Britannia. He knocks on a wood door that’s worn and chipped. A man from Haiti answers, wearing a big cross around his neck. The man opens the door just a crack. A bed, that his children likely share is visible behind him. Orchard asks the man if he needs any food. The man hesitates for a minute, and shakes his head “no.” A small hand suddenly emerges from the man’s side and gently grasps his white shorts that have stains and tiny rips. A boy, as young six or seven years old, peeks out behind the protection of his father - curious to see who’s at the door. Later, Orchard learns that the family did need food for that night – the man just had too much pride to ask for help. The Britannia Baptist Church pastor lives down the street from this motel, which houses refugee families while they patiently wait for subsidized housing. While the families wait, they also receive help from the church led by Orchard in an initiative called Mission to Moms – a new organization that helps make life a little easier for them. “We want to be proactive in helping these families,” said Orchard. “People often say that these families have benefits and social assistance – but it’s not enough. You can only stretch what you have so far.” That’s why Mission to Moms has a mandate to collect food, clothing, toys,

furniture – even offer moving services – to refugee families in Ottawa’s west end who are in transition to subsidized housing. Other churches have also started helping with the cause as Mission to Moms waits to receive charitable status. Orchard said Mission to Moms started out of the Britannia Baptist Church because the need was so apparent in his neighbourhood. “We made connections with newcomers,” he said. One woman he made a connection with comes from Haiti and lives in a nearby shelter. The woman, who didn’t want her name used, is currently living in a single room with her three children as she waits for subsidized housing. She has about five months left until she can move into her new home. Mission to Moms has been vital to her and her children’s survival, she said, adding that she usually receives about $600 a month from her social assistance checks. “It means a lot for sure,” the single mother said of Mission to Moms. “I don’t have enough money to buy toys for my children or food. It helps so much.” Orchard said many of these families flee places like Haiti, Rwanda and Sudan because of the poor economies, but also because of political oppression. Many of the women have husbands who have abandoned them and are even separated from some of their children who might still be in their home country. The refugee children who are here in Canada often run risks of getting involved in gangs, said Orchard, and

the Britannia Baptist Church has a choir specifically for these children to help keep them busy and give them a sense of purpose. Mission to Moms also helps families in all phases of transition, from their arrival to motels up to their move into subsidized housing. Kanata resident Martha Lavictoire is Mission to Mom’s program co-ordinator and she often helps these families make the move into new homes. She also helps set them up with furniture since many don’t have any when they first move. “I have two little kids and I’m married, and it’s still hard,” said Lavictoire. “I couldn’t imagine what it is like for these refugee moms. They don’t even speak English. My heart goes out to them.” Orchard hopes Mission to Moms will eventually expand to cover the entire city, since there are so many other motels and shelters in Ottawa that are housing refugee families. He added that whether these families are part of a church or not, he wants to help them. Orchard said he wants to raise awareness of what refugee families go through in Ottawa and that people will gain a better understanding of the issue. “Often within any community, you have two bubbles of population – those who are well off and those who are struggling through no fault of their own,” Orchard said. “People have stereotypes of what it’s like to live in that lifestyle, but I think it is so quick to judge based upon lack of experience.” For more information on Mission to Moms or how to help out, visit the Britannia Baptist Church website at




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Bruce Bissonnette, the Ottawa Theatre School’s artistic director, is proud that the school is now designated an Ontario Private Career College. sional theatre companies like the National Arts Centre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company. “Students are actually working alongside current professional actors,” said Bissonnette. “That experience itself is so invaluable.” Student Jodi Morden will be in the first graduating class

to receive a diploma from the school. She said it has been helpful in honing her acting skills through singing lessons – and even yoga classes. The co-productions she has been a part of have also helped her as a theatre student, she said. “It’s only getting better and

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theatre diploma. And while there are no plans for partnerships with other schools like Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa yet, Bissonnette said the idea isn’t out of the question. “I would embrace partnerships,” he said, adding that the school has a University of Ottawa professor on staff. “We’ve had small talks about future connections.” Bissonnette hopes that overall, having college designation at the Ottawa Theatre School will help generate a strong theatre community where it’s already evolving in Ottawa He said there are more theatres making headway in Ottawa and the city is becoming a leader in the dramatic arts. Morden adds that it’s important for prospective students to embrace their love for drama if it’s something they enjoy. “You learn a lot about yourself,” Morden said. “If you want to become an actor, it’s not an impossible thing. But it takes hard work and dedication.” For more information on the Ottawa Theatre School, visit its website at .


The Ottawa Theatre School is now an accredited college, which will allow the Westboro institution to compete against the likes George Brown College in Toronto for aspiring thespians. The school has been recently designated as an Ontario Private Career College – meaning students there can now receive a college diploma as well as qualify for the Ontario Student Assistance Program. “It also opens up the caliber of students attracts those outside of Ottawa,” said Bruce Bissonnette, the Ottawa Theatre School’s artistic director. “We have to jump through the same hoops as a regular college does.” It took the school two years to receive its college status and Bissonnette is excited that the theatre school will now be a new choice for high school graduates or those who want a three-year diploma in theatre. Bissonnette said one of the things that has separated Ottawa Theatre School from other colleges is they have created partnerships with local profes-

we’re getting top name Ottawa actors,” Morden said. “We have constant exposure. One of my favourite things about this program is the co-productions.” Bissonnette said he hopes the school’s status change will help produce high-calibre acting talent in Ottawa. “When you inject high talent in the community and they stay, they tend to create work. And, more theatre companies start popping up,” he said. Bissonnette said the school’s marketing campaign hasn’t started yet, but they want to start getting the message out on social media websites like Facebook and have advertisements on OC Transpo busses. He added that the school now has recruiters who will be visiting high schools to give students more information on the school. “Half the battle is becoming visible,” Bissonnette said. “I’ve got two people on staff just to recruit and let people know there’s a new choice.” The public’s response has been good, he said, and many parents in today’s economy are happy that there’s a local choice for students who want to earn a

In the Byward Market

With Winterlude finished and spring still a good ways away, kids and adults alike are starting to get cabin fever. If you’re not able to get out of town this March break, there are great “Staycation” activities right here in Ottawa’s downtown. There are several fun, kid-friendly ways to spend an afternoon in the ByWard Market. Whether or not the canal is still open, you can enjoy a Beaver Tail and hot chocolate at the original Beaver Tails on William St. If your kids are interested in art, you can have a look at March Break camps at the Ottawa School of Art, or for some shorter-term fun, take them to Artissimo sessions at the National Gallery of Canada. There are even some free options for seeing art – take the kids to see Maman, the giant spider outside the gallery, or the newly acquired Hundred Foot Line at Nepean Point. You can also take them on a tour of the Bytown Museum, situated right next to the Locks, a great little Museum with a great kids’ space. For an afternoon of arts and crafts, head to the Sassy Bead Co. on William St or to Lenus Beads on Dalhousie for supplies, and get your kids making their own jewellery, or take them to Bang On, on

William St., where they can make their own t-shirts. Close by, you’ll find Lost Marbles, where you can find some great items for crazy fun with the kids. There are also a couple of bookstores with great options for kids – Librairie du Soleil on George St, Nicholas Hoare on Sussex Dr, and Argosy Books on Dalhousie. You can also take your kids on a tour through Nest, a toy store on Dalhousie St. that specializes in European-made toys. If you’re stopping for lunch, there are several fun places to take your kids in the Market – try Zak’s Diner, on ByWard, a popular option for burgers, fries and shakes or Ahora, a colorful little Mexican eatery with a delightful ambiance on Dalhousie St. It’s economically priced so you can afford to take the whole family. Just want a snack? Head to the ByWard Market building for cookies from Moulin de Provence, caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or Montreal-style bagels from Continental Bagel Co. You can also get great treats at Aux Délices on ByWard, Piccolo Grande on Murray St., Pure Gelato and Sugar Mountain on William St. Or, put together your own at-home picnic with sausages, cheeses and breads from the Continental Deli on York, or La Bottega Nicastro on George St. For dessert, try Memories, which has what has often been voted the World’s Best Carrot Cake. Happy March Break in the ByWard Market!


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City takes ‘sensitive’ approach to transit changes EMMA JACKSON

The city’s transit commission passed its draft budget last Thursday, raising fares an average of 2.5 per cent and opting to add more free seniors’ days, buy a number of double decker buses and keep the price of the UPass the same as last year. Transit committee chairwoman Diane Deans (GloucesterSouthgate) said the last three years have seen fare hikes of 7.5 per cent annually, and she vowed to put a stop to such large

fare jumps this year. “To me, it’s counter-intuitive. If you want more people riding public transit, you don’t have huge fare increases,” she said, noting that there’s a limit to how small a fare increase can be. “Some people would like it to be zero, but costs go up.” The regular adult pass will rise $2.50 per month to $94, and the adult express pass will increase by $2.00 up to $116 per month. The rural pass will jump $3.25 to $145 per month. Students got a relatively easy ride in the draft budget, with

the UPass holding at $145 per semester because student associations at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University didn’t include an escalator clause in last year’s referendum, which means students only voted on a pass that costs a maximum of $145. The commission was hoping to raise the cost to $148.63, but allowed the UPass program to be extended at the same price so that student associations can have time to hold new referendums with clauses that allow for inflationary far hikes. Outside the UPass, monthly

student passes will rise $1.75 for regular riders and $2.50 for express users. Rural student passes will increase by $2.25. Day passes, monthly community passes and cash fares will stay the same, and tickets will increase by five cents each. Deans said the city is taking a more “sensitive approach” to how it handles OC Transpo this year, as it looks at redundancies and inefficiencies in the system and tries to streamline the service. “It’s a different approach, in the past they would propose to lob off entire routes, and now

they’re talking about doing it much more sensitively than they have in the past,” Deans said. One idea on the table is to make express routes truly express by limiting passenger pick-up along transitways after a certain point inside the city, in an effort to speed up route times and make sure that express buses coming from rural and suburban areas aren’t bogged down by urban users. The draft transit budget will be up for final approval at the budget deliberations and council meeting beginning March 8.

Outdoor festivals, fairs to benefit from changes to provincial liquor laws MATTHEW JAY

In a move that will potentially create a less restrictive atmosphere at Ontario festivals, fairs and other outdoor events, the McGuinty government announced several changes to the province’s liquor laws last week. Among the changes the province is considering are removing the requirement for beer tents at outdoor festivals, allowing people to wander with their drinks and extending the hours of alcohol service at events like weddings or other private celebrations from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., which is the current regulation for licensed establishments. The Liberal government is also looking at allowing the sale of all-inclusive vacation packages in the province. The proposed changes would be accompanied by changes to penalties imposed for the violation of Ontario liquor laws. Currently, festivals like Westfest, held every year in Westboro, have restrictions on where alcohol can be served, usually in a designated beer garden located away from entertainment, exhibits and vendors. “Now, especially keeping in mind their new location, where they’ll have a bigger area for concerts – which will be penned – they will be able to sell alcohol in that whole area,” said Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. “So it’s not like people will be able to take alcohol to the street, there will still be a penned area, but it will be beyond just the beer tent. “This is something festivals like Westfest have been asking

the government to do for some time.” Naqvi said the changes were less of a “revolution” and more of an attempt by lawmakers to bring the liquor laws in Ontario to the same standard as other places in Canada and the United States, something with which Ottawa Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan concurred. “In general terms, this would level the playing field for all festivals in Ontario – old or new – and put them in the same league as other events across North America,” Monahan said in an email. The proposed changes will also be a boon to events like the Ottawa Folk Festival which in the past has been licensed, but there were restrictions imposed on where merchandise vendors were able to set up. The changes will allow those vendors to locate in the licensed area and festivalgoers will be able to browse their wares, drink in hand. According to Naqvi, the government will now hold consultations with various stakeholders over a period of about a month and the changes could be implemented before the festival season begins this summer. The changes currently under consideration are the latest in a series of tweaks made to Ontario’s liquor laws by the McGuinty government. In 2010 the Liberals introduced tougher impaired driving laws, including a zero blood alcohol tolerance for drivers under 21 and an ignition interlock program for repeat offenders. The province also began permitting the licensing of movie theatres and bingo halls in 2009.

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Westin Ottawa general manager John Jarvis, left, Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre and Ottawa Tourism chairman John Murray and CEO Noel Buckley announce $500,000 in tourism funding for Ottawa.

Province pumps $500,000 into Ottawa tourism EDDIE RWEMA

The Ontario government plans to spend $500,000 worth of investment to help the Ottawa tourism industry draw more domestic and international visitors through conventions and conferences. Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi announced the money will support efforts to market the nation’s capital and its new convention centre to the rest of the world. “What we are doing is trying to sell Ottawa as a must-visit destination for more international conventions and more tourists,” said Naqvi. Naqvi added the Convention Development Fund will help Ot-

tawa draw 19 new conventions bringing in 53,000 new visitors, generating an estimated $57 million boost for the local economy and providing additional support for 19,000 existing tourism jobs in Ottawa. “Conventions are big business in Ottawa – they support hundreds of local jobs, generate revenue for local business, and help turn new visitors into repeat tourists.” Tourism is Ottawa’s third largest industry, contributing $2.2 billion to the city’s economy annually “Ottawa Tourism is pleased that the province is providing resources for this very important component of the tourism industry,” said John Murray,

chairman of Ottawa Tourism. “These investments will provide for a significantly enhanced sales approach when targeting the Convention market.” In 2008, convention visitors spent more than twice as much as other visitors to Ontario and generated over $1 billion. The Convention Development Fund builds on the collaboration of local tourism and convention partners by providing matching funds for eligible costs. The Ottawa Convention Centre is undergoing a major redevelopment that will almost triple its capacity and greatly enhance its appeal to national and international convention, meeting and trade show planners. It will reopen in April.


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Paul Meek, owner of Kichesippi Beer, will be donating 50 cents from every growler he sells to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


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Sometimes it’s hard to ask people for donations. That’s why Paul Meek, owner of the Kichesippi Beer brewery, has decided to sell growlers of the company’s Natural Blonde with 50 cents of each sale going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “We’re mixing family and work,� said Meek, whose son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes about five years ago. “We always looked for ways to try and do more.� Meek said he has no set goal for the amount he would like to raise, and that this will be an ongoing campaign until a cure is found for the disease – which is also known at Type 1 diabetes. Meek said the response from the community has been great. After just two days of the campaign, the brewery had already sold 120 growlers, which are 1,890 millilitre bottles often used

for the sale of draft beer. “That’s just the tip of the iceberg,� he said. Meek is also heavily involved in the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes which takes place in June. He wants other parents of children with juvenile diabetes to know that there are others going through the same thing. “You come home from hospital and you’re totally overwhelmed,� Meek said. “But you’re not alone.� While not every family might be able to donate the amount Meek is hoping to achieve through his sales, he said it’s important for parents and families to come out to the Walk to Cure Diabetes, email other parents or just keep the dialogue going. “There’s a difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes,� said Meek. “Type 1 has nothing to do with diet. And there’s no cure.� Kerry Winnemore, manager of

fundraising and development for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, said Meek’s leadership to help raise funds to find a cure for diabetes has been outstanding. “Whether challenging the corporate community to give back or campaigning for our annual TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, Paul’s energy motivates us all,� said Winnemore. “The efforts of Paul and his team bring us ever closer to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.� For more information on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, visit their website at: http://www.jdrf. ca/ People looking to purchase a growler of Kichesippi Beer’s Natural Blonde can visit the brewery at 866 Campbell Ave., just off Carling Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday. A growler of Natural Blonde costs $10.75 plus a $4 deposit for the bottle.

CHEO team to join cancer, rare disorder study EDDIE RWEMA

A team of researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario has received $4.5 million in federal funding to embark on an ambitious project to that will study the genetic causes of a range of rare disorders. Working through Genome Canada, the team led by geneticist Kym Boycott of the CHEO Research Institute will share the grant with a team from

the University of British Columbia. Boycott and her team will study more than 70 childhood genetic disorders, while the UBC team will investigate six of the most challenging types of cancer to afflict children. “Every gene that we discover as part of this initiative will allow us to study ... the pathways about how this gene interacts in the body,� she said. Boycott will use new genomics technology developed in Canada that allows sequencing of genetic material.

She said she hopes to have the initial findings available to the medical community by the end of April. Minister of state for science and technology Gary Goodyear made the funding announcement at CHEO on Feb.22, stressing that the investment will help find important new treatments for children with cancer and rare genetic diseases affecting thousands of Canadian children. About 25 patients and their families in the Ottawa area are set to be part of the study.


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New Zealand quake gives jolt to local man’s family ‘My family’s fine, but there are a lot worse off than ours’ KRISTY WALLACE

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A devastating 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand last week has one Ottawa west resident wishing he was back home. “I was shocked, really,” said Carlingwood area resident Hayden Fraser, who’s originally from New Zealand. “My family’s fine, but there are a lot worse off than ours.” When Fraser heard the news last week that a major earthquake had struck his country, he said his first instinct was to call home. Luckily his mother, father and sister all survived the quake. But he wasn’t sure of their fate at first. “I couldn’t contact them, so I was a bit scared. And just fro-

zen,” Fraser said. That fright turned to relief when he finally contacted his family and found out everyone had survived. Fraser’s mother described to him what it was like the day of the earthquake. She was at work, he said, and got under her desk when it hit. When she got up from the desk, all the shelving in her office at completely collapsed. The four-foot-11-inch-tall woman jumped over piles of the fallen shelving and went outside where buildings had collapsed and roads were cracking. He said his mother told him people were looking for survivors and trying to help other people. “People were having this overwhelming sense of duty to help out,” Fraser said. “Strangers were helping strangers, so that was a positive thing that came out of this. Barriers had been broken.” Fraser said there are different sections of society that

‘People were having this overwhelming sense of duty to help out, strangers were helping strangers, so that was a positive thing that came out of this. Barriers had been broken.’ Hayden Fraser Carlingwood resident

might not usually get along in New Zealand, but those conflicts were being pushed aside so people could help each other. The quake on Feb. 22 was the second one to hit New Zealand in five months, and Fraser said he had a feeling there could be another one.

“It was building up for something. This one was a lot more powerful,” he said. “It was just one too many.” Fraser said he wishes he was back in New Zealand just to be close to his family. His uncle’s family also survived the quake but lost their home. The family has a handicapped child and so Fraser’s immediate family is helping them out. He added that from what he knows, his family has enough food and water. Even though he’d like to be back in New Zealand, Fraser said he most likely won’t be making the trip there. He has lived through an earthquake before and describes how it feels like a big truck is driving by, without the sound. While he keeps in touch with his family and waits to hear from friends, he said he feels jittery every time he heard a truck drive by. “People’s lives are being ripped apart,” he said. “It’s a feeling of ‘Why us again?’ ”

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The Rideau Carleton Raceway is partnering with Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson in an effort to convince city council to endorse the installation of 21 casino tables in its entertainment centre. It is hoped the local tables will keep more gaming revenues inside the province and the City of Ottawa. “We’d like to try a pilot project to launch tables to level the playing field between us and our competition, and hopefully repatriate funds from provincial residents and tourists, that are currently leaving the province,” explained Alex Lawryk, senior advisor and spokesperson for the Rideau Carleton Raceway. The area’s closest casino is Lac Leamy in Gatineau, which Mayor Jim Watson said during Feb. 23’s council meeting is taking away precious gaming revenue that could be put to use on the Ontario side of the river. The City of Ottawa could stand to make around $2 million in extra revenues if the casino service is added, Lawryk said. Currently the raceway has

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Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson is looking to bring gaming tables to Rideau Carleton Raceway to boost revenues for the city. several casino tables that allow patrons to visit a virtual dealer to play games like Black Jack and Roulette. Lawryk noted that adding real casino tables, which would be staffed by actual dealers, would fill a gap in the region’s gambling offerings. “This program doesn’t exist for Ottawans right now, you have to go out of province or down to Gananoque or to another OLG venue,” he said. “There is a void in terms of our product offering, and we’re quite excited about the possibility.”

Thompson will ask council to endorse the plan at the regular council meeting on March 10, by sending a letter to the province indicating that it supports the raceway’s proposal. If the council endorsement passes and the province grants approval for the project, the process of amending the raceway’s zoning to allow casino tables inside RCR’s zoning will begin. Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans raised concerns that the endorsement process has skipped committee debate

Residents talk budget at Sportsplex JENNIFER MCINTOSH

Mayor Jim Watson, city staff and councillors fielded questions from residents about the future of the city at a multi-ward public budget consultation at the Nepean Sportsplex on Feb. 22. Watson congratulated council and staff on sticking to his policy of a 2.5 per cent increase and a freeze on recreation fees. “I am really proud of the way we worked together to make this happen and I think we are moving forward as a city,” he said. Despite meeting the 2.5 per cent tax increase goal, residents had concerns about transit, intensification and future infrastructure spending. The water bill – to be tabled in a separate budget in April – is likely to go up by 3.9 per cent, or an average of $24 annually per household. Watson said he was also proud of the 2.5 per cent increase on transit fares – significantly lower than the 7.5 per cent increases of previous years. “That’s (7.5 per cent) three times the rate of inflation,” he said. “We have to make changes to OC Transpo to make it more efficient or it will continue to gobble up one or two per cent of the budget each year.” The city will also be expanding transit service for seniors. There is already free service on Wednesday, which will be extended to Monday and Friday afternoons. Gloucester-Southgate councillor and chair of the city’s transportation committee Diane Deans said that the city had

tried to get the federal government to declare OC Transpo an essential service during the 54-day work stoppage in late 2008 and early 2009. “The test they perform is to ask wether the service represents an immediate health and safety concern if it is stopped. In this case we had other services, such as taxi chits for low-income residents and ParaTranspo, so it was deemed it wasn’t necessary,” she said. Ken Shipley, with the Friends of Lansdowne, asked why the city was on the hook for the renovations of Frank Clair Stadium when the developers will benefit. City manager Kent Kirkpatrick said developers are making their own investments and the city is confident that the proposal is the best choice for Lansdowne. “We look forward to our day in court.” Brad Spooner, program manager at NROCRC, questioned the city’s plans for future budgets where there was no $25million cash infusion from the province’s uploading to dip into. “I think it’s a great budget and I look forward to the increased funding for housing, but will it continue?” he said. College Coun. Rick Chiarelli said while the funds from the province will only be $5 million, the city can continue to move forward because the expenses from the previously downloaded programs is a burden the city will no longer have to bear. “We now can take those funds and put them back into general use and use them for the benefit of the city and its residents,” he said.

and gone straight to council, but Thompson said it’s a reasonable method because there isn’t much to discuss at this point. “Council can say, ‘We, as an elected group, don’t want to do that,’ and it would be a dead issue. If council decides, ‘We would like to say yes, and we think it’s a good thing to start the process,’ then there’s a process with lots of public consultation,” he said, noting that the zoning amendment and necessary traffic studies would create many opportunities for public input. However Deans said she’d rather see the public be heard on the overarching topic rather than the zoning details. “To go from a slots operation to a full service casino is a significant change, and I believe it’s important to consult the public before council decides that’s something that we should be doing,” she said, noting that rezoning is a property issue process and wouldn’t address the public’s concerns about having a casino in general. “I don’t think city council should assume the public’s position on (having a casino). It hasn’t been on the public agenda for well

over a decade.” Deans said she is also concerned about added traffic on the already congested Albion Road through Blossom Park, if Lac Leamy regulars start driving to Ottawa South instead of Gatineau. “This will clearly exacerbate the problem. You will have many, many more people. All those people that Mayor Watson is saying go over the border to gamble, they’re all going to shortcut through Blossom Park,” she said. Lawryk disagrees, believing the impact will be small. “We’re not talking about a big increase in terms of patron count. This is not going to stress the Albion Road,” he said. Currently the Rideau Carleton Raceway has a racetrack, 1,250 slot machines operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming corporation (OLG), and a charity bingo hall. Several virtual casino tables were added in Dec. 2010, and have been very popular. The OLG is currently reviewing its gaming strategy across the province, and Lawryk said he hopes the RCR’s proposal can be part of the new plan.

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Casino tables a good bet for Ottawa


sgoode Coun. Doug Thompson put his money on a dark horse last week when he announced he’s looking for a council endorsement to bring casino tables to the Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa South. He faces some formidable opposition in the form of Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans who has questioned his methods, which don’t allow for public consultation before council decides what side of the gambling fence it sits on. No doubt he will also hear complaints from anti-gambling groups, residents concerned about traffic, and perhaps even the odd bingo hall which stands to lose some business as the raceway continues to offer more services. But at the heart of the matter, Thompson’s message rings true: if people are gambling anyway, why not make a few bucks for Ottawa while they’re at it? As a city we complain about rising property taxes, rocketing transit fares and increased utility and user fees. Even when council makes all the concessions it can to keep tax increases to a minimum, we complain they’re much too high. So why not embrace an easy $2 million in revenue that’s already being spent just a short

trip across the Ottawa River at Lac-Leamy? We’ve already made $37 million in revenue from the slots and races since they started operating at the Raceway – so unless the plan’s opposition wants to shut the entire entertainment centre down, the ethical argument is moot. In the grand scheme of things, $2 million is just a drop in the budget bucket. But that money could be used to start a much-needed social program, to begin building a new recreational facility, or saved to protect future sensitive wetlands. Maybe it could be used to fund a gambling addiction support centre. There is certainly an argument to be made against encouraging government-endorsed addictions such as gambling. In reality, however, most people who currently visit the Gatineau casino are gambling responsibly, in the same way most people drink responsibly. For the small group of people who are susceptible to a gambling addiction, the city has a responsibility to monitor the issue. But the fact is most money spent in casinos is spent responsibly, and the city should be getting a piece of the action – if only to boost their bottom line.


The aging demographic: hear it roar


atching people break out in revolt all over the Middle East, Canadians wonder when it will happen here. The answer is it won’t, because, relative to other parts of the world, we don’t have that much to revolt about. On the other hand, we could speak up a bit more than we do now. Take, for example, seniors. We have been hearing for years about the coming power of the over-65 demographic. And suddenly it is here. The first wave of the baby boomers has turned 65. Those who got there first have been patiently waiting for reinforcements. Now they are here and many more are coming. The power is here. It just hasn’t been used yet. But there are issues where the voice of the over-65s could be raised. A nice test of the power of seniors would be the question of whatever it is that’s happening to buses in Ottawa these days. The specific are a bit hard to follow but the generalities follow a pattern that has been familiar for decades. It goes like this: OC Transpo faces declining ridership and revenues so it increases fares and cuts routes. For decades people have been telling OC Transpo

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town that cutting service and raising fares is not the way to get more people to ride the bus. Some day it will sink in. Maybe the over-65s can help that process along. Everybody recognizes that having more people ride the buses is a public good. It reduces traffic, cuts pollution and so on. But more people will only ride the buses if the buses are there. It sounds like the likelihood of them being there is decreasing. This is where seniors could test their newly arrived political clout. The latest proposal nixes the idea of a half-price fare for seniors. It adds a couple of free days, Monday and Friday, providing seniors travel after noon, an idea that has rightly been criticized as social engineering of a most condescending sort. Is this something to email your coun-

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’m not a horse; I’m a blanket. People are always using me to cover themselves and it’s so annoying.” My four-year-old son is the funniest guy I know. Seriously. If I was half as funny as him, I’d have a daily column. He’s so funny and creative and active that, well, sometimes I feel bad that I have to send him off to public school every day. Don’t get me wrong. He’s doing well in junior kindergarten. At the meet-theteacher interview in February, I found out he’s the leader of his group, that he has a clear sense of justice, and that he and his classmates have mastered the entire year’s mathematics curriculum. “I realized I was so far ahead that I just stopped teaching math altogether,” said the teacher. Seriously? Seriously. She wasn’t being funny. I wasn’t quite sure what to say, if only because the interview was conducted in French (not my mother tongue). But also because I couldn’t believe the teacher had just explicitly claimed she was dumbing down the entire curriculum to make sure the 40 students she was teaching didn’t get too far ahead of other kids in the province, who are all much dumber than they were 10 years ago when the curriculum was more rigorous, apparently. Upon reflection, though, I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what she said. Should I be surprised? We live in a society where when life gets tough, we lower the bar. In January, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) released new guidelines for physical activity, which actually reduced the minimum recommended amount of daily exercise required for both adults and children. Old recommendations suggested adults

get 30 minutes of moderate-rigorous physical activity per day and children get 90 minutes per day. The new recommendation is 150 minutes per week for adults (or just over 20 minutes per day), and a minimum of 60 minutes per day for children. The sad fact is that just seven per cent of Canadian children and 15 per cent of adults are meeting the new, lower requirements. Even sadder is that universities, the CSEP, Health Canada, and others are trying to sell the new guidelines as an improvement over the old ones. Among the half dozen or so reasons justifying the new guidelines, the most laughable was that “the inactivity crisis deserves up-to-date guidelines.” Yes, I suppose it does. But if the goal is to get Canadians healthier, fitter, shouldn’t those guidelines be more rigorous? Apparently not. The justification behind the dumbing down of our exercise regime goes something as follows: If the recommendations make exercise seem too difficult, it will discourage people from engaging in physical activity at all. I don’t get it. We have an obesity epidemic in this country. We’re all getting fatter. Children are fatter. Adults are fatter. Even our pets our fatter. (I noticed my cat was looking pear-shaped the other day). But do we tax junk food? No. Do we cut off the cable television? No. Do we establish morning marching and stretching? No. Here in Canada, to combat the obesity epidemic, we reduce the daily recommendations for physical exercise. Like the kindergarten teacher who put away the abacus mid-February, the establishment has hidden the old recommendations away in the cupboard in the hopes that a soft approach will reap bigger rewards. I’m not a betting woman, but if I were, I’d wager we’ll all still be sitting on our butts this time mid-winter. The only difference is that this time next year we’ll be able to use the new recommendations to justify our sedentary lives, because, well, we don’t want to get too far ahead of the rest of them.



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What does the SuperEx’s 2011 hiatus mean to you?

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Agencies have to keep up with volunteer needs Flexibility and quick response times key to recruiting, agency says EMMA JACKSON

In Ottawa’s complex volunteering sector, agencies never stop struggling to bring volunteers into their organizations – but it’s not always for a lack of willing people. According to Keenan Wellar, executive staff leader at the intellectual disabilities support charity Live Work Play, often the biggest barriers to recruiting volunteers come from the agencies themselves, who he said are often unwilling to embrace new technologies and new methods to reach out to various demographics. “I think many agencies are using the same or very similar recruitment methods and offering same opportunities that they have for years and years, and then they’re surprised when volunteers with different interests and ways of communicating aren’t knocking down their doors,” Wellar said, noting that the rise of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter are among some of the most useful – and ignored – methods of recruitment. “Some people don’t understand that social media is part of your overall communications strategy,” he said. “It is a tremendous benefit to us, there’s no better market. You can’t pay to have someone speaking from the heart like that, giving those little microtestimonials (online). And of course their contacts will look to that.” Wellar said the worst thing an

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According to Keenan Wellar, executive staff leader at Live Work Play, volunteer agencies need to take advantage of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to give their recruiting efforts a boost. agency can do is use an overarching ad calling for general volunteers. He said men especially need ads that give job-specific details, so that they know exactly what they’re getting into. “The open-ended appeal is difficult, there are these extreme demands on volunteers and they have to slot out their interests very carefully,” he said. “They are very wary of going through the process and then being expected to commit to more or something different than they had in mind.” Citizen Advocacy, which matches volunteers to residents with disabilities who need some company or help with errands, makes a huge effort to personalize its advertisements through online databases such as Volun-

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Targeting specific groups rather than using general calls for help during volunteer recruiting drives seems to work well for Citizen Advocacy, said volunteer co-ordinator Hilary Albers. ‘I think having a more personal approach is always very helpful and meaningful.’ teer Ottawa. “What seems to be working for us is really trying to target more specific groups. Instead of a general ad saying ‘we’re looking for volunteers’, we’re actually creating a story about somebody specific,” said Hilary Albers, who co-ordinates volunteers for Citizen Advocacy. “Something like, ‘Tim really likes sports and cars, and he’s more comfortable hanging out in his apartment but he’d like someone to come spend time with him.’ I think that way you can attract people who can relate to that person. I think having a more personal approach is always very helpful and meaningful.” When it comes to Facebook and Twitter, however, Albers

said those tools are great for some agencies but are not onesize-fits-all, especially for the type of volunteer Citizen Advocacy is looking for. “I think a lot of the demographics that we’re gearing toward might not be your typical Facebooker or tech-savvy person. Maybe the younger crowd and students for sure, but older prospective volunteers don’t use that tool, and a lot of our protégés (clients) don’t use that as a tool,” she explained, noting that the agency is busy enough without maintaining Facebook and Twitter pages. “To ask someone to maintain a Facebook page, it’s almost like a full time job. You have to commit to it, you have to have something

new and exciting to say, you have to draw people to it. That is a job in itself,” she said. Wellar said he doesn’t understand the “old-school” mentality that often rejects new tools like Facebook, but he said an even bigger barrier for agencies is their level of bureaucracy. “The number one complaint we hear is that the process was a turn-off,” he said. “It’s great to go online and have a Facebook page or email, but if you don’t have anyone monitoring it, that’s terrible. If it was days before I got a response, I would think, ‘Do I really want to get involved with this agency?’” Citizen Advocacy’s process is certainly lengthy, involving an information session, a two-hour personal interview, a reference check and a police record check, but Albers said it’s absolutely necessary. “We take the time to get to know our prospective volunteer advocates, we want our matches to be successful and long term. We’re looking for people who can commit to at least a year if not longer. It’s about developing relationships,” she said. The common element seems to be that every agency is different, but that they need to keep up with changing trends and be able to adapt to meet their volunteers’ needs, said Omaima Faris, the volunteer co-ordinator for the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO). “It’s really hard for the agencies, but you really have to be creative and flexible to go with the flow with the volunteers, because we need them,” she said. “They may need us for some pieces, but essentially we need them for our services.”

Parkdale United Church brings people in from the cold KRISTY WALLACE

Every second Saturday from the beginning of November to the end of March, Janice Gray can be found helping more than 100 people at Parkdale United Church. Many are among Ottawa’s poorest, who need a meal once their social assistance has been spent. Some are lonely. Others want a safe space where they can have a hot meal served to them on a cold day. “They don’t have to go through a lineup and find a place to sit,” she said. “They get seated with their friends and they’re served. There’s a little bit of dignity to it.”

No matter what the guests’ reasons are for coming, Gray has overseen the In From the Cold program at the church since its inception eight years ago. “First I used to come in for food preparation,” remembers Gray in the church’s spacious basement kitchen. Now, she coordinates the 60 volunteers each week and helps out throughout the day – whether it’s taking the garbage out or helping people up and down the stairs who might have walking problems and need scooters. Gray started as a secretary at the church, so she had a chance to see the In From the Cold take off and she knew she wanted to get involved.

“You really feel good after you’ve done this,” she said. “People are so appreciative and you get far more than you give when you’re volunteering. It’s just a wonderful feeling to be able to help people in need.” Gray oversees and organizes people involved in the kitchen work, sign-in table – even security people who volunteer watching the doors for two hours at a time. She said if it wasn’t for volunteers and donors, the program wouldn’t be what it is today. Gray added that visitors who come for a hot meal come from all over the city, not just the surrounding neighbourhoods. During the bus strike in early 2009, she said the church had

about half the guests they usually do. “They come from all over the city, and they were so sorry they couldn’t come,” Gray said. She added the In From the Cold program is a team effort and volunteers as far as the Vernon United Church come and lend a hand. She said the people who are mostly served include single men who might not have anywhere else to go. “They’re by themselves,” Gray explained. “They might have a hot plate or a stove, but they love to come in here and have this hot meal and be around happy people talking and laughing.” Even though the program will be wrapping up at the end

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Janice Gray, a volunteer for the In From the Cold program at Parkdale United Church, enjoys her helping out during the cold months of the year. of March, Gray said it’s not too soon to sign up for next year. For more information, call the Parkdale United Church office at 613-728-8656.







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Feminism might sometimes be known as the F-word, according to Erin Williams, director of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, but it doesn’t have to be a bad word. In fact her organization is co-hosting an upcoming event in honour of International Women’s Day on March 8 called I’m Not a Feminist, But . . . , a title that pokes fun at how people understand feminism. “We understand that there can sometimes be a hesitation towards feminism. But what’s important is not necessarily the word,” said Williams. “Let’s stop focusing on the word and focus more on what it means – which is equality.” I’m Not a Feminist, But . . . will be held at Library and Archives Canada on March 8. The day also marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day celebrations around the world. Williams said it’s the third year the event has run at Library and Archives, and it helps make feminism fun and relevant to women and men in the community. The event highlights women’s achievements in Ottawa through its annual Femmy Awards. In addition, it allows local, national and international feminist agencies to share and network with each other. “It’s important that we celebrate the successes we’ve had as women and celebrate each other in a positive space,” said Williams. “And, we need to bring to light things we still need to achieve.” One of the major issues that Williams said women are still facing is violence. For example the Aboriginal communi-

ty still faces issues with missing women, she said. Williams added that women are still fighting battles with pay equity, child care, housing and access to education. “The list is long,” she said. “The statistics cut across all demographics, but there are women who are at a higher risk due to marginalization.” She added that getting men involved and educated is also important. The reasons women might not come forward after a sexual assault might be because they feel shame and stigma, Williams said, and they might feel they are to blame for what happened. “We need to bring men into the conversation so they can speak out and debunk these kinds of myths,” Williams said. While these issues won’t be directly discussed at the event, Williams said she hopes men and women will become more informed on what feminism really is at the event. It’s going to be a fun event, she said, and will be a fantastic opportunity for participants to have a good time while networking with different agencies. Past participants have enjoyed the event because it was approachable and fun – and it even included free on site child care. “It’s really important to build bridges on a common ground, and humour can be a common ground,” Williams said. “We’re hoping that women and men will come out. We’re trying to get Ottawa more open and aware of its achievements.” I’m Not a Feminist, But . . . will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada on March 8. For more information visit OCTEVAW’s website at



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From left, Judith Shane and Mary Dalton, both members of the Hampton Iona Community Group’s board, took some time at the winter carnival handing out hot chocolate.

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WHEEEEEEE LOVE WINTER! Maggie Grills, 2, enjoys some time on the slides at the Hampton Iona Community Group’s winter carnival held at Iona Park on Feb. 27.

Residents young and old came out to enjoy a game of hockey at the Iona Park skating rink during the From left, Wendy Atkin, Hailey Findlay, 3, and Terry Findlay kept warm by the fire set up behind the hockey rink at Iona Park. Hampton Iona Community winter carnival.


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Plan to attract bikes, pedestrians WALKING • Increasing the number of sidewalks, especially around transit stations • Installing pedestrian countdown signals • Investigating a new multi-use pathway connecting Richmond Road with the Dominion Transitway Station

CYCLING • Adding weather-protected bike racks • Introducing on-road shared use lanes and bicycle lanes • Improving the pathway connection along Scott Street at the Westboro Transitway Station

TRANSIT: • Adjusting the space between bus stops • Introducing additional bus shelters • Investigating additional queue jump bus lanes • Deferring a decision on an additional transit station on the river parkway until the Western LRT Corridor Environmental Assessment study is complete

bikes,” said Hobbs of her hopes for the new plan. “It’s a wonderful area to walk through. We want to keep the street interesting and comfortable.” Ludington agrees that the new transportation plan will benefit Westboro. “It is long overdue and it’s a step in the right direction,” he said.

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From WESTBORO on Page 1 members of the association have a couple concerns with the plan. First, he said initially there were talks of the plan costing $6 million. However, Hobbs said she’s confident the plan will get approval and that the budget is seeking $200,000 in funding for 2011. There will be additional funding requests in future years, Hobbs said, so it will be implemented more gradually. Ludington also has concerns because the plan is built around the projected Westboro population in 2021 – which he says is the population now. “With the number of units being built and the amount of vehicular traffic, we’re there today,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of cut-through traffic.” Hobbs said there will be aspects of the 15-year plan done more immediately than others – like the bike lanes – which will create a noticeable change in Westboro. “When you look at 2021, that’s when it will all be completed,” she said. “But there will be a lot going on in the next few years that will enhance the whole traveling experience.” Overall, Hobbs and the community are in agreement that the plan was needed for Westboro where the community is now a destination for people in Ottawa. The plan wouldn’t have worked 10 years ago, said Hobbs, when Westboro was a far different neighbourhood than it is today. “I hope that more people will visit on


Westboro resident conquers athletic, artistic worlds KRISTY WALLACE

Jenna Ladd, a 23-year-old living in Westboro, was the youngest Canadian to run the Boston Marathon last year and as a visual arts graduate and physical trainer, Ladd she has proven to be a young woman who can do it all. She’s run a number marathons throughout her life and this year she plans to raise the bar again when she’ll be running in Hamilton to raise funds to help lymphoma patients. On the side, she sells portraits she paints for extra cash and works as a physical trainer – while also finding time to spend with her friends and boyfriend. “I’ve been blessed to work in places that promote balance in your life, and it really is important to find balance,” Ladd said. “I’m very, very fond of my calendar and I schedule in everything.” She said the secret to achieving as much as she does is putting a plan in place and creating a schedule that’s reasonable. Ladd has always been a runner, and said she’s been running since she learned to walk.

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Jenna Ladd is only 23, but the Westboro resident has accomplished a lot – ranging from the artistic world to the athletic world. The athlete and artist was the youngest Canadian to run the Boston Marathon last year, and this year she’s running to help lymphoma patients. Endurance was always something she could handle very well, and she spent her years in school running cross country and track and field. She taught one of her roommates, Heather Kelly, the art of endurance when they were living together. “I’m definitely not as strong as Jenna,” Kelly laughed. “She’s

huge into the long distance, but I just wanted to complete a 10 kilometre race.” Ladd entered her first marathon in third year university and immediately became addicted to it. “It’s the best feeling. Completing a marathon feels indescribable,” Ladd said. “It’s like a drug and you just

need to do it again. The feeling of completion is overwhelming.” Ladd started training competitively and was discovered by an international coach while training in a track in field centre in Toronto. The Westboro woman ran the Boston Marathon last year and said it was a unique experience. “That was the best race I’ve ever had. I had a ton of support,” Ladd said, adding that she felt lucky to run the famous marathon at such a young age when many runners make it a lifetime goal. This year, Ladd will be competing in a marathon in Chicago and a 30 kilometre race that benefits lymphoma in Hamilton. She’s very close with her boyfriend’s family and when his father developed lymphoma, she knew she wanted to use her talents to help. Her grandfather also died of leukemia, and she knew the cause was a perfect fit. “I recommend everybody try running a marathon for a cause,” Ladd said. “You’re running to save lives.” She hopes to raise $2,000, but someday would like to get a

team together and raise $20,000 to $30,000. When she’s not running, Ladd is also a trained artist – painting mostly portraits of people. She said that’s been one activity she took part in before she ran. “I was very foreign in my art classes,” she laughed. “I’d come in from a run and start painting.” Ladd said no matter what she’s doing to fill her busy life, she hopes she continues to love doing what she’s doing. “I never want to end up not feeling like it’s a chore,” she said. Kelly added that one thing she’d like people to know about her friend is that she’s dedicated and always has a smile on her face – even after running a marathon. “When I lived with her, she’d get up at 5 a.m. to train and run and by 7 a.m. she’d make our house breakfast and head off to school,” said Kelly. “She’s so dedicated and she’s so encouraging.” To help Ladd in her upcoming run for lymphoma, information can be found at


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Barracudas, Kingfish win Ontario swimming gold DAN PLOUFFE The Nepean-Kanata Barracudas and the Greater Ottawa Kingfish each won a gold medal at the 2011 Ontario junior shortcourse swimming championships, hosted by NKB last weekend at the Nepean Sportsplex. Liam Veregin of the Kingfish topped the 12-year-old boys’ field in the 100-metre backstroke and also won silver in the 200-metre back, while the Barracudas

girls’ relay team of Josée Barrette, Jessica Yu, Janet Zhao and Madison Pulfer captured gold in the 400-metre freestyle race for 13- and 14-year-olds. Other area medallists included Jacob Paduch (silver, 11 & under boys’ 50-metre breaststroke), Meagan Michie (silver, girls’ 50-metre breaststroke) – both from GO Kingfish – and Barracudas swimmer Cattuong Le (bronze, 11-year-old girls’ 100metre breaststroke).

NKB relay teams took bronze in the girls’ 11-12 200-metre medley, bronze in girls’ 15-17 200-metre medley, bronze in girls’ 13-14 400-metre medley and silver in girls’ 13-14 200-metre medley, while the GO boys’ relay team won bronze in the 14-15 200-metre medley. Hundreds of the top youth swimmers from across Ontario kept the Sportsplex pool deck packed and buzzing throughout the Feb. 24-27 event.

Ottawa competitors bring home eight Canada Winter Games gold Ottawa athletes brought home a pile of medals – including eight gold – from the second week of Canada Winter Games competition in Nova Scotia. Leading the way was para cross-country skier Margarita Gorbounova, who won each of her women’s standing events to capture three gold in total. Jimmy Pintea was a doublegold medallist in table tennis, helping Ontario to a men’s team title and earning the mixed doubles title as well. Shannon Zheng also won a medal in the table tennis competition as she prevailed in five sets over Quebec to take women’s doubles bronze. Quincy Korte-King, profiled in the Feb. 25 edition of Ottawa This Week, made good on her

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Ottawa snowboarder Quincy Korte-King won gold in the women’s halfpipe at the recent Canada Winter Games in Nova Scotia. wish to land atop the podium as she claimed gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe competition.

Lisa Nasu-Yu, who finished second in pre-novice at Skate Canada’s Eastern & Western Challenge earlier this year, bested the Challenge champion to grab gold in the women’s singles figure skating competition at the Canada Games, while ice dancers Samantha Glavine and Jeff Hough won silver. Joseph Rogers prevailed in a three-set men’s singles match to help Ontario edge B.C. 3-2 in the badminton team event final and capture gold. Kelly Moore was a doublemedallist in alpine skiing, placing second in the women’s slalom event and third in the super combined. More than 2,700 athletes competed in 20 sports from Feb. 1127 at this year’s Canada Winter

Games, which are held every four years. LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS ADVANCE THROUGH PLAYOFFS The Ashbury Colts upset Garneau to advance to the national capital ‘A/AA’ boys’ contact hockey championship series against fellow underdog St. Paul. The Colts edged Garneau 4-3 on Feb. 24 to advance to the best-of-three final that will determine Ottawa’s representative at OFSAA. The Hillcrest Hawks flexed their muscles in national capital ‘AAA/AAAA’ boys’ contact hockey play, dominating St. Peter 9-2 to win their semi-final playoff match on Feb. 23. The Hawks will now face St. Joseph in the

best-of-three city championship series – an opponent they beat 61 during the regular season. The St. Mark Lions will play for the national capital girls’ ‘A/AA’ championship thanks to their 5-1 playoff victory over Osgoode last week. The Lions will now take on the Louis-Riel Rebelles, who beat St. Mark 2-0 in the regular season, in the bestof-three league final. Both the Canterbury boys’ and girls’ curling teams moved into the semi-final round of the national capital high school playoffs with quarter-final victories last week. The Canterbury ladies, who went 7-1 in the regular season, downed St. Joseph 9-7, while the boys remained unbeaten by knocking off St. Pius 7-2.

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Team Homan finishes fourth in Scotties debut DAN PLOUFFE They went in as the youngest team to ever represent Ontario, and then skip Rachel Homan’s rink of Ottawa South’s Emma Miskew, Nepean’s Alison Kreviazuk and Westboro’s Lisa Weagle became the youngest team to ever advance to the playoff round at last week’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Charlottetown, PEI. “(In contention for a national title) was right where we wanted to be,” says Weagle, who threw lead rocks for Ontario. “Our goal was to make it to the finals and then see what happens from there. Obviously we came up a little short, but I think we have a lot to be proud of this week. We turned some heads and I think surprised ourselves a little at how well we did.” The Ottawa Curling Club ladies were certainly the stars of the competition as they blasted out to a 5-0 start to sit atop the standings alongside the eventual champions from Saskatchewan. Team Homan completed the event with a 9-5 overall record, falling one win short of a national podium position. Despite previously knocking off Nova Scotia in the 3-4 page playoff to earn a berth in the semi-finals, a new Scotties format called for Homan and co. to play their 14th match in nine days to defend their bronze medal position against the east coasters. This time, Nova Scotia got the upper hand with a 9-7 victory, leaving the Scotties rookies with a fourth-place finish that was impressive nonetheless in their first senior nationals ap-

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A Nepean High School grad, Lisa Weagle wasn’t curling competitively this time last year, as she was spending time concentrating on her career. The 25-yearold works in the communications department at Heritage Canada.

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Lisa Weagle, second from right, Alison Kreviazuk, third from right, and the Team Homan Ottawa Curling Club rink were seen across the country on TSN quite frequently as the Scotties Tournament of Hearts rookies impressed in their debut at the national championship. pearance. The additional time on the ice wasn’t the greatest gift for Weagle in particular since she battled a shoulder injury all week and even had to be replaced by fifth Sherry Middaugh for a game against Nova Scotia midway through the tournament. “I certainly didn’t feel like I was 100 per cent, which was disappointing – you come this far and this isn’t something you want to happen when you’re at the Scotties,” Weagle laments. “It only bothered me when I was

sweeping, but with enough Advil and adrenaline, I wasn’t feeling too bad during the games.” Team Homan’s debut performance at the Scotties established once and for all that the youngsters truly are one of Canada’s top rinks despite their age, and also offered a positive sign as they chase after the country’s 2014 Olympic berth. In front of a national audience on TSN, the Ontario representatives showcased the changing face of women’s curling with their big-weight shots

and evolutionary technique, all the while soaking up as much of the Scotties experience as possible during the Feb. 19-27 event at the Charlottetown Civic Centre. “It was everything I imagined and just so much more,” adds Weagle, a Nepean High School grad. “It’s an incredible atmosphere and the people in PEI were just so amazing and such good hosts. To be able to play on the ice here in an arena on TV is just an absolute dream-come-true for me.”

Weagle was the newest member of Team Homan, asked to join the rink this season since former lead Lynn Kreviazuk, Alison’s sister, was still eligible to compete at the junior level. The 25-year-old previously played in the Ontario championships in both junior and senior, but hadn’t been curling as much as she focused on building her professional career in recent years. “It’s been a really, really incredible experience. I think it’s going to be really difficult to go back to real life next week,” laughs Weagle, who works in Heritage Canada’s communications department. “At this time last year, I wasn’t curling competitively, so for me to be at the Scotties is just a huge accomplishment.”

Local OFSAA event offers chance for snowboarding growth in region BY DAN PLOUFFE When Camp Fortune hosts the OFSAA snowboard festival on Friday, March 4, it will mark the first time the event is held outside southern Ontario and represents an opportunity for Ottawa to play a little catch-up in the snowboarding game, says a Team Ontario coach at the recent Canada Winter Games. “It’s a really cool event,” states Ottawa’s Cassandra Smith, who is assisting the OFSAA organizers from Arnprior District High School. “This is really the opportunity for these kids around here to have an event in their own location to show what they can do. The kids are getting excited for the fact that it’s going to be here.” Lisgar’s Rachael Penman will

lead the contingent of Ottawa riders at OFSAA, having posted the fastest time – out of girls and boys – on the giant slalom courses at last week’s national capital championships. Penman will be joined by her fellow national capital gold-medallist Lisgar girls’ teammates for OFSAA, along with the second- and third-place schools, Sacred Heart and All Saints. Sacred Heart also qualified the city’s top boys’ squad for OFSAA, along with Glebe and All Saints, while individuals that will compete include Tara Hoffman (from Sir Robert Borden), Emma Wolna (Glebe), Alexandria Roy (Woodroffe), Jeremy Bissett (Sir Robert Borden), Oscar Dziewiecke (Mother Teresa) and Mark Adams (Lisgar). Naturally, the young riders

will be stoked for the chance to showcase their talents, but the event could also serve as an important building block for the capital region that doesn’t seem to have very developed programs in the view of Smith, a Merivale High School grad who recently moved back home after coaching in Alberta for a decade. “From everyone I’ve talked to at the local ski hills and the snowboard shops, it sounds like we’re really sort of breaking the ice around here,” Smith explains. “With Ottawa the size it is and the number of facilities there are, we should be able to have athletes that are on the junior national team and looking towards snowboarding careers. In five or 10 years’ time, we should be able to build that community.”

To achieve that goal, the nationally-accredited coach is currently working with the high schools to increase interest in their snowboarding programs, develop more coaches and let the riders know about other opportunities to train and compete in events outside of the scholastic loop. Plus she’s also created her own club, called the Akademy snowboard team, which will be holding a March break camp at Calabogie Peaks. “Being a part of a program helps you develop in steps,” notes Smith, adding that trying new things alone is also an important part of snowboarding culture that must be maintained. “Also, someone else can take a look at what you’re doing and give you educated and expe-

rienced advice on the next direction to take to try things out.” For snowboarding to grow in Ottawa, Smith believes that the high school circuit will need to build towards the provincial team, which will involve raising awareness of the opportunities available for youth through the Association of Ontario Snowboarders. “There are so many high schools that have snowboard teams and have some really talented athletes, but the a lot of the kids haven’t really got to experience the broad spectrum of events that they could be going to,” Smith adds. “OFSAA’s an awesome experience for the kids, and I think in a couple years, we’ll start seeing that some of the top kids have come from the high school circuit.”


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Ottawa Ice shut out at home ringette provincials BY DAN PLOUFFE They didn’t have to travel since it was their own association hosting the tournament, but all three Ottawa Ice teams made a trip to heartbreak hotel with some crushing losses this past weekend during the Ontario ‘AA’ ringette championships at the Jim Durrell Complex and Nepean Sportsplex. The disappointing fate wasn’t new for the Junior under-16 Ice – the same group that came up short two years ago when they were ranked No. 2 in the province. This time, the sting was even stronger as silver-medallist Waterloo handed Ottawa a 5-4 overtime loss in the division semifinals, followed by an 8-7 defeat to Nepean in the bronze medal game. Christie Kellam led the way offensively with 10 goals and 10 assists for the Ice, who earned a 5-1 record in the preliminary round. For Ottawa’s Belle U19 squad, their heartbreak came in a tiebreaker mini-game to decide which team would advance to the playoff round after ending up in a three-way tie for the fi-


‘The girls really played their hearts and souls out. They’ve all contributed and worked so hard this season.’ Jenna McBride Ice U14 coach

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The Ottawa Ice battled hard but couldn’t quite make it onto the provincial podium as they hosted the Ontario ‘AA’ ringette championships last weekend. nal spot with a 5-1 preliminaryround record. Nepean skated off with a 1-0 overtime victory in that contest and went on to win the bronze. The Tween U14 Ice drew praise from the gold medal-winning Pickering-Ajax club as the best team they faced this season,

but Ottawa didn’t get the wins to match, dropping close contests in all four of their defeats to go beside two victories. “We had some tough losses,” acknowledges Ice Tween coach Jenna McBride, herself a ringette national team player. “We hit a lot of posts and struggled

to put the ring in the net. We have some disappointed ladies, but it’s provincials, so it’s a fun experience for them. “Some of them, it was their first time playing in overtime at provincials, so it’s a learning experience about how to handle that situation.” Despite the disappointing results against the province’s best, McBride was proud to see her team improve all season long and compete hard at the Ontario championships. “The girls really played their hearts and souls out,” notes McBride, who enjoyed having the

tournament in Ottawa so that a bigger crowd of family and friends had the chance to come out and watch. “They’ve all contributed and worked so hard this season.” It was an intense schedule for each of the 36 teams that competed in the three divisions with at least two games a day for the first three preliminary-round days of the Feb. 24-27 tournament. That was especially true for McBride’s assistant coach, Lane MacAdam, whose daughters Laurel, Kirsten and Kali played on the Ice Tween, Junior and Belle squads respectively. It means an awful lot of time at the rink for the family, but non-stop ringette suits them just fine. “I think this sport is alive and well,” MacAdam adds. “People think that we’re losing players to hockey, but I think we’ve kept the numbers. When people see the game for the first time, they realize how fast and exciting a sport it can be.” Pickering beat Waterloo to win the Tween championship, while Whitby bested Waterloo in Junior and St. Clements was dominant in Belle to also finish ahead of Waterloo.


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• MARCH 4 Trivia Night fundraiser at Lisgar Collegiate from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Adults admission is $8 and students are $5. Light refreshments included. For more information contact or 613-2392696.

• MARCH 5: Christ Church Cathedral Girls’ Choir will perform Songs of Fervour in their second annual gala concert and silent auction.With an eclectic selection of works by Baldassare Galuppi, Eric Whitacre, and Timothy Piper, and featured guest soloist Julie Nesrallah, this will be the choir’s major concert this year. The event takes place at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The silent auction continues during intermission, and a cash wine/soft drinks bar will be available. For more information about the choir and the concert, visit the website: 92&crd=christchurchcathedralottawa


Community Calendar By the Book, a used bookstore and cafe operated by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA), is holding its monthly half-price book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive. Drop by for great buys on hundreds of books – most of them under $2.

• MARCH 6 Concert-in-the-Glebe is pleased to present Trio Tourmaline, sopranos Joyce Lundberg and Sylvia Larrass with Scott Richardson, on bass and keyboard. Selections by Byrd, Palestrina, Purcell, Monteverdi and others will be included in the concert entitled Sacred and Profane: Renaissance and Baroque. The concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Glebe St. James United Church, 650 Lyon St. at First Ave. Admission is $15, and $10 for students and seniors. Admission by donation is always welcome. For more information, contact the church at 613-236-0617 or visit

are welcome. Doors open at 4:00, service starts at 4:30. Free will offering at the door. 347 Richmond Rd., Westboro 613-725-9487.

• MARCH 6 The Ching Hua Chinese Language School will be start a new course, Mandarin for adults, starting March 6, 2011. Classes will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The weekly classes will focus on conversational (beginners) Mandarin and will run until June 11. The 10-week course costs $50 per student. Classes will be held at St. Anthony School, 391 Booth St. For information, email

• FEBRUARY AND MARCH MPP Bob Chiarelli will be hosting “How to Get Your Money Back” information sessions for seniors throughout Ottawa West-Nepean. Make sure that you receive all of the rebates and credits you’re entitled to! For the session closest to you, please call 613-721-8075.


• MARCH 10

The Jazz Vespers Concert featuring Mike Tremblay and Mark Ferguson. A performance that’s sure to please! Join us at All Saints/First United church for an inspirational, spiritfilled performance with readings, reflections and uplifting music. All

The Ottawa Humane Society Auxiliary meets at 1:30 pm on the second Thursday of each month at the Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale Avenue (between Wellington Street and Gladstone Avenue). Please call Diane Bartlett-Fraser at

613-836-1492 for more information. New members are welcome The Auxiliary raises money to help the animals at the Ottawa Humane shelter and has a very active craft group.

• MARCH 14-18 March Break children’s programs at the Alta Vista Library. Call 613-7372837 to register. Rock and roll radio: Learn how to make and record a radio ad with CKCU, Ottawa’s community radio station. Ages 6-12. Monday, March 14, 10 a.m. (90 min.) Snip!Snap! What is that?: What can you make with paper and scissors? Stories, facts, videos and crafts. Ages 6-12. (Bilingual) Tuesday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. (45 min.). Rock out with Billings Estate: Discover why paleontology rocks this March Break! Did you know that Billings Estate was home to Canada’s first official paleontologist? Explore some of Elkanah Billings’ findings, learn about fossils and make your own to take home. Ages 6-12. (Bilingual) Tuesday, March 15, 2 p.m. (45 min.) Fold it right there: Origami workshop. Ages 6-12. Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. (45 min.) Rubber powered paper airplanes: Make a free flying model airplane out of balsa wood and paper. It can


fly up to two football fields. Ages 9-12. Wednesday , March 16 , 2 p.m. (90 min.) Paper caper: Paper crafts and paper fun. Ages 6-12. Thursday, March 17, 2 p.m. (60 min.) Stone soup: Stories, rhymes and songs. Family program. Friday, March 18, 2 p.m. (45 min.)

APRIL 5: Westboro Nursery School registration is now open for the 2011/12 school year and spaces are filling up quickly. Westboro Nursery School (in the Dovercourt Recreation Center) will be hosting an open house for all new families and prospective families from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The school offers both morning and afternoon programs for children two and a half to four years-old. For more information, please visit:

APRIL 9: Y’s Owl Maclure Cooperative Centre is hosting a fundraising event at the Hampton Inn. The event features an evening of fine food, ballroom dancing and demonstrations by local dance instructors. Tickets cost $75 per person and there are advance sales only. For more information, contact Sue at 613-737-3268 or Hugh at 613 - 721-1500.



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