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March 17, 2011 | 28 Pages

HICKORY STALEMATE Residents of the Civic Hospital community are still waiting for traffic control measures to be installed ahead of the construction of a condo at 125 Hickory St.

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SUCCESS STORIES Women gathered at the Chinese Community Centre to pay tribute to immigrant women and their inspiring stories of success.

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HAS IT REALLY BEEN THAT LONG? Mayor Jim Watson holds up a cake commemorating his 100th day in office last week. Watson saw his budget passed swiftly by city council, but a series of issues, including OC Transpo labour negotiations, will test the new mayor in the months to come. Full story on page 4.

City declines to purchase convent parkland KRISTY WALLACE AND LAURA MUELLER kristy.wallace@metroland.com

STILL INSPIRING An Island Park resident is still amazed by the inspirational power her late daughter’s book has had, raising thousands of dollars for charity since its 2003 release.

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Home owners and businesses in Kitchissippi Ward will not see a levy added to their tax bill after city council approved a motion to accept cash in lieu of parkland on the former Soeurs de la Visitation convent site at 114 Richmond Rd. In doing so, Ottawa’s city council chose not implement the tax levy to pay for the $11.5 million piece of land, which is a portion of the Byron Linear Park, at a council meeting March 10.

“It’s a sad day for democracy,” said Gary Ludington, head of the Westboro Community Association. “This whole thing has just been derailed.” Ludington was one area resident who supported the levy – which would have cost an extra $97 a year for 10 years for people who have an average home worth $380,000. The cost would have been more or less for homes that were greater or lesser in value. He and his supporters pushed to have the decision postponed to a later council meeting since residents found out how much the park would cost on March 1 – which was 10

days before the council’s vote. “We only just found out the property’s estimated value,” said Ludington. “(Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Katherine Hobbs) arranged for six meetings, and as many as 500 people came out to the meetings. But there are 40,000 people though the whole ward.” Hobbs said her office received 2,500 to 3,000 comments on the issue. She said her office counted written comments, emails, letters and phone calls to her office – that way people didn’t have to express their opinion during the meetings. See COSTS on page 7

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Civic Hospital area residents still waiting for traffic issue answers City can’t take action until study or construction completed, Hobbs says KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

Civic Hospital neighbours want traffic measures in place on their streets now that the shovels are in the ground for new developments in their community – but Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Katherine Hobbs said no one will know the impact until the buildings are actually up. “Right now we don’t know the volume of cars,” said Hobbs. “(The Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association) feels they do know that, but from the city’s perspective, you have to wait.” Two condominium towers – which will contain 324 units – were approved at 125 Hickory St. The area is also preparing for two other significant developments including a 12-storey building on Champagne Avenue and a pair of office towers at 855 Carling Ave. In a previous interview with Ottawa This Week, the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association’s vice-president Katherine Steinhoff said the developments could attract up to 1,000 additional people on the roads. In January, the association met with Hobbs to discuss no-entry signs and a traffic study in the Civic Hospital neighbourhood. The developer for 125 Hickory St., Mastercraft Starwood, has offered up $30,000 for the community to put towards a traffic study but studies can cost as much as $150,000, said Hobbs. Steinhoff said there was discussion at one of the meetings with Hobbs about possibly getting additional funds from other developers Domicile and Arnon. “As for additional funds for traffic measures, I am not sure what to say,” said Steinhoff. “City staff have not mentioned

the possibility, but Hobb’s staff has.” However Hobbs said the other developers haven’t promised anything and that $30,000 is what the association has to work with so far. Steinhoff said the community association hadn’t heard from Hobbs in the weeks following the meeting, and said traffic measures are something the group hopes to have quickly. Steinhoff said the heavy construction vehicles are already using the streets and causing some issues. “The heavy vehicles going up and down Hickory are just doing what everyone else is going to do once the new developments are built,” she said. “Most people will take Hickory in order to avoid two traffic lights – at Champagne and Carling, and Carling and Sherwood (Drive). It’s only human and one of the many reasons we are requesting the no entry during rush hour signs.” Hobbs said the community can use the $30,000 to implement traffic measures like no-entry signs after the buildings are up or put it towards a traffic study – but she’s received no indication of which direction the group wants to go. “What we’re looking for is an official document from them indicating that they either want to put the money towards a traffic study or use it when the buildings go up,” Hobbs said. “We would like to get an official letter from them indicating what they want to do with $30,000, now we are waiting for them to tell us that.” Hobbs added that the message was clear to the community association that they needed an official plan in place. “The main message is we don’t put in any measures if we do not have an appropriate study,” said Hobbs. “In this case, we don’t have the residents there so we don’t have the traffic patterns. We put in traffic measures in place based on actual issues and traffic.” Steinhoff said the community association recently received a message from Hobbs’ office saying she would be in touch with them shortly.

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The Hintonburg Community Centre’s basement, which is currently under construction, was supposed to open in January, but a series of unexplained ‘deficiencies’ have pushed the opening to later this month.

Despite completion of renovation, opening of community centre basement delayed by ‘deficiencies’ KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

The Hintonburg Community Centre’s basement renovations should have been done in mid to late January, but a series of “deficiencies” have left the space unusable. “There’s been delay after delay after delay with building deficiencies being identified and not resolved, and now we’re going into March and hoping they’ll be resolved soon,” said Pat O’Brien, president of the Hintonburg Community Association. “There’s a real demand for meeting space and people are anxious to get down there and see what facilities there are and how they could be used.” The city granted the community centre $1 million in infrastructure funds to fix up its basement, which for a long time was used for storage. O’Brien said there was always a hope in the community that it would be developed into a space that would benefit the community – like a bowling alley, dance studios or space for youth programs. The deadline to use the money was the end of March this year, and when construction started the community was told it would be finished in January. “There was some hope expressed that when we did the strawberry social in January, that we’d be able to have tours of the facility then,” said O’Brien. “Then it was February, and now we’re into March.” Jocelyne Turner, spokesperson for the City of Ottawa, said the original project for $1.2 million for the Hintonburg Community Centre was “substantially complete” as of Jan. 26 this year. “The city is still presently working with our general contractor and consultants to complete outstanding deficien-

cies,” said Turner. “We are anticipating a full building occupancy for March 21, 2011.” Turner didn’t say what the deficiencies were, but added that the space also hasn’t been used because a storage room is currently under construction on the ground floor that costs an additional $50,000. “The basement space has not been turned over yet for public use as a portion of the basement is presently used as a swing space,” Turner said. “This second project is scheduled for completion as of March 31, 2011.” O’Brien said the community hasn’t been informed of the deficiencies that are preventing the basement from being used. “It’s good that the city is insisting on quality work,” he said. “But at the same time, you’d expect this should have been caught in its early stages. I don’t really understand and nobody fully understands why delays have been as long as it is.” O’Brien said the basement development has potential to become a thriving community space. He said the community has even partnered with the Great Canadian Theatre Company to raise money to help operate any programming that will take place in the new basement. “We’re just anxious to get in and we’re frustrated. We don’t know when it will be corrected,” O’Brien said. Howard Friendly, co-ordinator of the Hintonburg Community Centre, said he couldn’t comment on exact details of the basement project, but said it will be great for the community once it’s finished. “It’s a win-win for the community,” Friendly said. “I know the community’s looking forward to use of the basement.”


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Carleton Tavern’s float, seen at last year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, is created by the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee. The float’s theme this year will be Leprechauns Looking for Gold at the Carleton Tavern. For the last three years, the committee has been creating the Carleton Tavern’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade float. “Hintonburg had a rough reputation in past years and businesses wanted more positive

events to promote the community,” said Marlow. “(We) felt submitting a float in the St. Patrick’s Parade would be good promotion and the opportunity to build it with volunteers from the community would bring

chaun hat with leprechaun legs sticking out from the top. “It was a labor of love to build and took us every night for weeks to finish. We really came together building it in a yard on Armstrong where neighbors and kids would walk by and gawk at it in wonder,” she said. “Those legs became the source of many jokes at the parade party at the Carleton afterwards for the celebration. They lived in my truck for the rest of the year, seen driving around with me or hanging out of the window.” Marlow said there are a couple obstacles during the parade, including the safety for the kids on the float, no access to a bathroom for three hours, and having a good driver. She added that rain would shut down the electrical lines for music. Even though this year there could be rain which prevents the float from making an appearance, Marlow said it’s amazing to see the finished product. “It brings an eclectic group of people of all ages and everyone brings something to the float,” she said. “By the end we are talking about next year and building it bigger and better.” 455412

This St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns will be looking for gold at the Carleton Tavern in Hintonburg. Or at least that’s what Ottawa residents will see when they come to the St. Patrick’s Day parade this year that marches from the Laurier Bridge to Lansdowne Park. The Hintonburg Economic Development Committee has been working hard again this year preparing the tavern’s float, which will have the theme of leprechauns looking for gold. “We have a heritage light standard with a heritage Ottawa sign with Armstrong Street and Parkdale Avenue which is where the Carleton Tavern is located,” said Lorrie Marlow, the float’s project manager, as she described the float. “(There will be) a large green leprechaun hat with leprechaun legs sticking out. We have a large burlap sack full of ‘gold.’” Marlow added that there will be much more to the float, including large spray-painted coins, green shamrocks and leprechauns wearing costumes while singing and dancing.

people together.” Marlow describes her role as being the project manager with the “big ideas,” but gives most of the credit to a team of volunteers. “Hintonburg is home to lots of artists, creative people and people that each had a special skill to build,” she said. “It wasn’t hard to find the right people with the right talents.” Marlow said it takes at least a dozen people to help make the float every year. She said the float also has a three-piece band that plays Irish music that keeps everyone dancing, including 10 children who will be dressed as leprechauns on the float. Marlow said work starts on the parade’s float about a month in advance – including the brainstorming and construction. However she said the float is on her mind all year round. “All year I search for ideas, sponsors and volunteers,” she said. “It’s hard work, but we try to make it fun, have a good time and people want to be involved.” The float also creates good memories for those involved. Marlow remembers last year’s float, which was a large lepre-

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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is keeping a tally. As he ticked off the days remaining until his 100th day in office, Watson also had his pen ready to check off a few election promises he kept in this year’s budget. The mayor says he keeps a binder of his 65-or-so election promises at his desk, he opens it once a week to check the progress he has made on those promises. “I see those campaign commitments I made as my contract with the public,” Watson said. “They gave me my marching orders on Oct. 25 (election day) and they expect me to follow through on those promises.” So far, he has knocked off about 15 of those promises in his first budget. The biggest one was keeping this year’s tax increase to 2.5 per cent. It’s a commitment he made for each of the four years of his term. The first year, Watson’s “honeymoon” budget, will stick out as the easiest, particularly because the province took on the cost of some social programs, freeing up about $25 million for the city this year. Under former mayor Larry O’Brien’s tenure, the tax hike was small in the first year of the term, was double the rate of inflation in the last three years of the term, owing to the fact past councils raided the city’s reserve funds to head off tax increases. “The city went through a number of years of tax freezes, and guess what happens the following year? The taxes go up above the rate of inflation,” Watson said. “We saw that in the last council.” Both councillors and citizens expressed their support for a 2.5 per cent increase, Watson said. “They see that as a figure that allows us to grow as a city, and also that it’s in the rate of inflation,” Watson said. Still, the city will be spending more this year than last year, especially on social housing – Watson made a $14million commitment to bolster funding – and freezing recreation fees, another campaign promise. He said much of the new money the city is spending is due to new developments and growth. “As new subdivisions open, there are more roads to plow and sidewalks to plow,” he said. “If you go down to Riverside South, month to month you wouldn’t even recognize it because there are so many houses going up there. You see what’s happening in the east end. You see what’s happening in Kanata – these are huge developments that are taking place … The populations are exploding there and we have to provide those services.” There are also 75 kilometers of new roads for the city to maintain, not to mention new parks, and that is not pos-

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Almost 100 days after his inauguration as Ottawa mayor, Jim Watson celebrated the unanimous approval of his first budget. But as a series of transit-related issues begin coming up over the next few months will life at city hall anything but easy. sible without adding more staff, Watson said. This year, the city will add a net amount of 295 new positions, including 45 firefighters, 24 paramedics and 75 bus drivers who will help the city save money be reducing the amount of overtime drivers work. “It’s mostly people on the front line providing services because our city is growing,” Watson said. While making appearances at events is usually an election tactic, Watson said he won’t be cutting back on public appearances now that the campaign – and his first 100 days – is behind him. “I don’t want to lose touch with the community and the quickest way to lose touch is to get engulfed in splendid isolation down here at city hall,” Watson said. TRANSIT ISSUES LOOM Watson checked the budget off his list of accomplishments in his first 100 days in office, but transit issues will likely occupy the next 100 days. Contract talks with the city’s busdriver union are set to begin soon. On top of that, the city’s transit commission will hear ideas to make the bus system more efficient, including route cutbacks, as well as a new business plan for OC Transpo. “For far too many years, the system

has been micromanaged and cobbled together to the point where it is no longer financially sustainable,” Watson said. The debate could prove to be the most divisive yet for this congenial council. “It’s going to be a challenging debate because it becomes very personal,” Watson said, with councillors defending individual routes in their wards that will affect their residents. Transit is also on the mayor’s mind when it comes to the city’s planned $2.1-billion light rail system. Keeping the costs within the budget, which is estimated in 2009 dollars, won’t be easy. “I’ll be fully at ease when the tenders come in,” Watson said. “Until those figures come in, we can estimate as best we can, but the reality is it will be up to bidders to come up with a price.” But Watson said he’s committed to seeing the project through. “Until we have the numbers nailed down, I am not going to be celebrating the start of the project. But I am very much committed to getting on with this,” Watson said. “I certainly will view it as a failure on my part if we’re not able to get the transit system on light rail construction started during this term of council.”


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Nepean High School’s 89-yearold building was recently transformed into an accessible naturally-lit learning centre, with plenty of green space and pedestrian pathways to welcome the community – at least on paper. The designs were created over three days for the Ottawa EcoLogical Competition, organized by the Ottawa Region Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. “The whole intent of the competition is to try and have a sustainable design at the end,” said Teresa Hanna, executive director, Ottawa Region Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. The competition, now in its second year, drew students from design and engineering backgrounds enrolled in area postsecondary institutions together on March 4. The six teams of five students spent rest of the weekend designing a new green building for Nepean High School on Broadview Avenue. “Students didn’t have much time,” said Hanna, adding that

Nepean High School was chosen for its heritage and connection with the surrounding community. “The first place winners were the strongest group that tackled the idea of pathways and green space.” Andrew McLellan, a thirdyear civil engineering student from the University of Ottawa, was a member of the first place team. Their project was called Re-designing with Community in Mind. McLellan said the first aspect of the design his team thought of was accessibility. “We know that by 2020, there will be a law saying all buildings have to be accessible to the disabled,” he said. “We wanted to make sure every level in Nepean High School could be accessed without using all the stairs. That was our biggest challenge, because Nepean High School has a lot of stairs.” McLellan’s team started in the school’s basement and picked a spot for an elevator. Then, they made sure all the floors were accessible and laid out the school in a way that helped visitors find the main office easier. “We spoke to a guy in admin-

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Andrew McLellan, a third-year civil engineering student at the University of Ottawa, was on the winning team in a competition that asked students to transform Nepean High School into a sustainable and accessible building. istration, and he said a lot of people come into the school and have no idea where the front office is,” McLellan said. The team also took out a floor to make the main office’s ceiling higher and even turned the cycling room into a generation room where students and the commu-

nity can use the cycling machines capable of producing energy. The school would also have a sign displaying all the energy the building is using “It would be using as much as it’s producing,” McLellan said. His team also re-designed the library so it could be a big-

ger space for the community to come in and host their events on evenings and weekends. McLellan said there isn’t as much emphasis on designing green buildings in his classes, but he’s developed a passion for sustainable design since also winning first place in last year’s competition. “I absolutely love this competition,” he said. “It brings professionals and students together, and it’s a very realistic scenario in terms of bringing architects and engineers together. We should be brought together earlier.” The team also consisted of Rebecca Chin from McGill University’s bioresource engineering program, Ashley Dixon from Algonquin College’s interior design program, Kim Lammers from Algonquin’s green architecture program and Luis Mendez from Carleton University’s architecture program. McLellan said it was great to work with other students from all different disciplines because he gets a sense of what other aspects of designing to consider. “It teaches you how to work with team members.”

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Council applauds quick approval of 2011 city budget LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

City council made quick work of its budget deliberations on March 8, approving a document that will see an extra 2.45 per cent added to tax bills in about four hours. After the budget passed, councillors broke out in a standing ovation for Mayor Jim Watson, whose first budget met his election commitment to keep the tax increase under 2.5 per cent. Some councillors, such a Rideau-Rockliffe’s Peter Clark, weren’t happy with the congeniality around the council horseshoe and said there should have been more debate. “If we are going to start out the process with ‘Thou shalt approve this budget,’ we don’t need all this discussion,” Clark said. Most of the discussion on the budget happened during committee meetings that have been taking place since the draft budget was tabled in January. Those discussions led to a few tweaks before council voted on it last week. The water and sewer rate is also going up 3.9 per cent, or about $24 for an average household. Last year’s tax increase was 3.77 per cent, and it was 4.9 for the two years before that to catch up from the 0.3 per cent increase in the first year of the previous council’s term. Councillors sped though each of the budgets for committees such as environment and community and protective services. Council had already passed the operating budget before a handful of councillors (Rainer Bloess, Bob Monette and Doug Thompson) raised their hands to object

to portions of the transit budget. There was some discussion surrounding the perceived benefit of purchasing 75 double-decker buses for OC Transpo. Some councillors, including Monette (Orleans) suggested the money could be better spent to prevent route cutbacks. But Alain Mercier, the head of OC Transpo, said the ongoing savings from the buses, which are cheaper to run and maintain, will pay off in the long run. The move is expected to save the city $10 million a year by 2015. Another concern raised by Capital Ward Coun. David Chernushenko was the cost of the Alta Vista Transportation Corridor link, a new $62-million, 1.2-kilometre section of road from Riverside Drive to the Ottawa General Hospital campus. Vivi Chi, the city’s manager of transportation planning, said the city will be looking to save on costs by finding efficiencies during the engineering process. Some councillors bemoaned the lack of investment in roads and sidewalks in their wards. The city is spending about $30 million on infrastructure renewal in 2011, but it should be spending more than twice that amount in order to replace aging infrastructure, said Wayne Newell, general manager of infrastructure services. Councillors did vote to add the election rebate program back into the budget for a year so city staff can study the impact the program has before deciding whether to axe it or keep it. The program reimburses people who make contributions of $50 or more to municipal election candidates.

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Ottawa city council gave its approval for Rideau Carleton Raceway pilot project that, pending approval by the provincial regulator, would see 21 gaming tables installed at the track.

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Twenty-one gaming tables are one step closer to coming to Rideau-Carleton Raceway as part of a two-year pilot project, after city council endorsed the plan which now heads to the provincial regulator for final approval. But the decision wasn’t without controversy, as some city councillors said the proposal was being pushed through without a full understanding of the impacts. During a council meeting on March 10, Knoxdale-Mervivale Coun. Keith Egli wanted to delay a vote on the matter until the city’s medial officer of health, Dr. Esra Levy, could give council a report on the potential health impact of the move. He received support from David Chernushenko, Diane Deans and Diane Holmes, but the majority of councillors wanted to get on with the vote. Chernushenko, councillor for Capital Ward, said there are both financial and human costs to gambling. “I would like to have more facts not just about the revenues, but what would be the cost to the city in terms of health, addiction.” Levy agreed that it might be useful for councillors to have some more information about the health, but Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais said Levy had enough time to bring a report to council on the issue if he thought it was necessary, and he did not. Other councillors said the province already funds resourc-

es to help people with gambling addiction. Blais even said it would be better for people to gamble in Ontario than in Quebec, because that way the money they are spending will contribute to money the province uses to fund gambling addictions programs. The City of Ottawa will get about $2 million per year if the gaming tables are approved by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and a rezoning application at the raceway is successful, according to a city report. The move is also expected to create new jobs. Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson said you can’t dismiss the impact that gambling has on people, but he said the resources provided by the province are adequate. “It’s not like we’re opening a brand new facility there. It has been in existence there for about 10 years,” he said of the slots at the track, which is located in his ward. Gambling is ubiquitous, Thompson said – lottery tickets can be purchased at any corner store and most racetracks offer slots and/or gaming tables. Councillors like Deans and Holmes worried that the gaming tables were being pushed through too quickly, with little public consultation on their impact. “What is the amazing hurry here?” said Holmes, councillor for Somerset Ward. Deans, councillor for Gloucester-Southgate, agreed, saying council was deviating from its normal process by voting on it without holding public consultation sessions.

For instance, she said people in her ward would likely have wanted to weigh in because the gaming tables could create traffic concerns through their neighbourhoods. Deans tabled a motion that asked for a traffic impact study if and when a rezoning application is submitted to allow for the gaming tables. The motion also asked that revenue from the gaming tables be placed in a reserve fund to directly address any issues highlighted in the traffic study. Members of the Findlay Creek Community Association generally support the gaming tables, but agree with Deans on the traffic issue. In a March 9 email to Gloucester South-Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches, co-president Eva Pigeon-Seguin wrote: “We have concerns about how the traffic on Albion will affect the community because this road is already heavily used. With the unpaved shoulders, deep ditches, active Ottawa weather and the roadway that will soon open up to Albion – we are wary of issues down the line if this goes through.” There will be more of a chance for public input in two years if the racetrack would like to continue to have gaming tables, because that would require a zoning change, Mayor Jim Watson said at the March 10 meeting. Councillors also voted to update the city’s transportation master plan to include an assessment of the road infrastructure in the racetrack area, which is very close to the site of the new Ottawa Trade Show Centre. That update will happen in 2013. With files from Emma Jackson


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OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF A 46-year-old woman is dead after a stabbing at a townhouse unit on Fisher Avenue in the Carleton Heights area Friday morning. Ottawa police responded to a 911 call to 1564 Fisher Ave. near Meadowlands Drive at about 7:20 a.m. Friday. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, police spokesman Const. Henri Lanctot confirmed. Mihalj Nemat, 56, was charged with first degree murder in relation to the stabbing death of his 46-year-old wife Tinde Nemat. He was arrested at the townhouse shortly after the call. On Friday, March 11, another

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Police guard the door of 1564 Fisher Ave. in Carleton Heights after a stabbing incident early on March 11. stabbing occurred at 10:45 p.m. on Carling Avenue. The male victim was stabbed twice, once in the chest and once in the abdomen. He was sent to Ottawa General Hospital and is in stable but critical condition. On Friday night, the portion of Carling Avenue

between Grenon Avenue and Richmond Road were closed. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Ottawa Police West District Investigation Section, at 613-236-1222 ext. (2666) or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.

A teen charged in the shooting death of 16-year-old Yazdan Ghiasvand Ghiasi entered a plea of guilty to a lesser charge during an Ottawa court appearance March 9. Zakaria Dourhnou, 18, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and a breach of probation. He was accused of being an accessory to murder for cleaning the car in which Ghiasi was shot over a bag of drugs in December on Booth Street. According to information entered in the case, Ottawa police saw Dourhnou using rags and cleaning products in the car where Ghiasi was shot through the heart on Dec. 6 in broad daylight. Khaled Wehbe, 19, who is charged with accessory to murder, was scheduled to appear in

court on March 15, but the appearance was moved to March 22. Abdulhamid Wehbe, 20, who is charged with second-degree murder, was also scheduled to appear on March 15. His hearing was moved to April 19. Dourhnou will remain in custody until his sentencing hearing on March 25. An arrest warrant remains outstanding for Mohamed Wehbe, who is also charged with second-degree murder. Police believe has left the country. Ghiasi was shot through the heart on Dec. 6 on Booth Street, after a dispute over a bag of drugs. His body was dumped on the sidewalk after he was shot. Ghiasi was a Grade 11 student at Notre Dame High School.

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Seniors, those on fixed incomes worried about costs costly legal battle. Plans for the site include building condominiums and a retirement residence while maintaining the heritage convent building. The city will take the cashin-lieu of parkland instead of green space on the site valued at about $1 million. Sixty per cent of that money will go towards community facilities in Kitchissippi Ward, and 40 per cent will go into a city-wide fund. Hobbs noted that the city has made many changes on the 5.5hectare condominium project site, including keeping the site 40 per cent open space, retaining public access and a stand of maple trees known as Nunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walk. Ludington said he hopes the whole issue will serve as a lesson to the city â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which he said ignored the possibility of acquiring the land in the first place when it was up for sale. He added that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame the community wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to benefit from the parkland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Land has a value in an innercity where it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist anymore,â&#x20AC;? Ludington said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land available, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owned by the National Capital Commission.â&#x20AC;? Gauvin â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whose children play

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sippi and the overwhelming sentiment is that residents do not want to pay for this parcel of land,â&#x20AC;? Hobbs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am particularly mindful that a levy would have the greatest impact on those who could least afford it, such as seniors. The majority of residents who attended meetings, emailed or called were opposed (to purchasing the park).â&#x20AC;? Some of the most common concerns expressed at the meetings came from seniors and other people on fixed incomes who told Hobbs they already have high property-tax bills. Others said they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use the park because there is already enough green space in the community, while others thought the entire city should pay a levy to buy the park because it could be marketed as a destination. Some people suggested the city should only buy parks out of a general fund and should not apply a special local charge, and others suggested that the city should find another source of money, such as development charges. More importantly, Ashcroft Homes isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t willing to sell the park, Hobbs said. If the city wanted to expropriate the land, it would be in for a lengthy and

hockey â&#x20AC;&#x201C; said he would have been in favour of paying a tax levy to provide more ice rinks in Kitchissippi. But he said everyone in Kitchissippi has their own hopes for the ward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When everyone votes against it, it is democracy,â&#x20AC;? Gauvin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My neighbours were all against it. The people have spoken.â&#x20AC;? Hobbs said while she feels glad itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all over, it was a long three months and she knew there would be disappointment on one side or the other. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sad day for me,â&#x20AC;? Hobbs said at the March 10 meeting when the decision was made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of people very upset. It was hard. One hundred days into my new job here, this is what I was faced with.â&#x20AC;?

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From CONVENT on page 1 Seeâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We felt that was the only fair way to do it,â&#x20AC;? Hobbs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You could be living beside somebody who had a very different view than you did.â&#x20AC;? Mark Gauvin, also a Westboro resident, showed his opposition to the tax levy at a meeting in Broadview Avenue Public School. He argued that $11.5 million was way too much to pay for the space, and asking a lot of taxpayers in Kitchissippi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are losing the view that $100 or more is a lot of money for some people,â&#x20AC;? Gauvin said, adding it would have cost him more since his home is valued more than the average assessment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to spend it when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a teeny-tiny bit of land.â&#x20AC;? Hobbs sent out a press release on March 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the day of the council meeting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; letting the public know that she concluded residents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to pay the levy. She said she came to this conclusion through the ward-wide meetings she held leading up the decision and counting the comment cards, emails and phone calls made to her office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have conducted exhaustive outreach throughout Kitchis-

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EDITORIAL

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A test of endurance

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he old adage “slow and steady wins the race” doesn’t seem to be something Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson buys into. Ottawa’s mayor has blown through his first 100 days in office with nary a flinch, and blew even faster through the city’s 2011 budget – in a mere four hours, with little protest from his fellow councillors applauding him from around the table. He’s been spotted at what seems like every single community event in the city since inauguration, popping into a Kanata school concert at 9 a.m. and showing up at an Orleans art show half an hour later, keeping a running commentary on Twitter all the while. The question is, can he keep it up? Watson may not be a long distance runner, but he could learn a lesson from one if he expects to keep up the pace heading out of his honeymoon stage and into the real work of mayoral marriage. He’ll especially need a strong endurance strategy if he hopes to fast-forward the city’s light rail plans, getting the controversial project tendered and under way during this term, as he told Ottawa This Week he plans to do.

In a noble effort to save the city some embarrassment, Watson has supported several councillors’ requests that city staff push the whole, painfully slow project ahead two years in order to avoid any clash with the 150-year anniversary of Confederation in 2017, instead of drawing out construction to 2019. But skepticism for the light rail project runs as deep as the proposed tunnel under downtown and later this month Watson will likely face his toughest and longest battle yet to nail down the details of his transit plans for light rail and OC Transpo route cuts and amendments. He’ll also need some energy for OC Transpo contract talks beginning around the same time, which promise to add some colour to his otherwise monochrome mayoral record so far. And on top of all that, he still plans to run from one end of the city to the other attending the many community events he could be sending his deputies to. With a schedule like that, Watson risks burn-out or at least a damaging slip-up or two. The moral, then, is a preventative one: slow down and take a breather, or risk losing the race entirely.

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Yes, it’s the 21st century – so what?

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he weakest of all arguments is that we’re in the 21st century. You hear it all the time. Somebody makes a proposal. Somebody else opposes. Then the supporters say to the opponents: “Don’t you know it’s the 21st century?” Those of us who grew up in the 20th century remember the argument. It’s just been updated a bit. There are provincial government proposals to loosen liquor laws at outdoor events. The police say they’re worried. The police are accused of not knowing it’s the 21st century. The police have a feeling that drunken louts in the new century will closely resemble drunken louts in the previous one. There is a proposal to put up some giant flashing billboard by the new convention centre, shining video and maybe, just maybe, advertising down on Rideau Canal skaters, tourists and distracted motorists. “It’s the 21st century,” the proponents say, when others ask why we need to complicate the natural beauty of that part of the city with humongous flashing pixels. The canal, of course, was built in the 19th century, before such electronic miracles were possible. Skating on the

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town canal was brought to us in the 20th century by a man, NCC chairman Douglas Fullerton, who thought that the skating alone provided all the entertainment people would need. He was even critical of the early, non-electronic version of Winterlude, for putting entertainment on the ice to interfere with the skaters. He would not want to be skating in the 21st century with that thing beaming pictures down on his head. In the 21st century that we all recognize it is possible to do all sorts of things that were not possible in the 20th. This does not, however, mean that we have to do them. Take Twitter, for example. With Twitter, you can tell the entire world, more or less, what you think in 140 characters or less. On the day the great editor and writer Jim Travers died, tributes began

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appearing on Twitter, little notes saying how much Travers was appreciated, how much he would be missed. It was kind of a tribal ritual, with virtually everyone on Parliament Hill and many people beyond it, adding their abbreviated voices. Travers, who loved to laugh, would have laughed. Here was this technological miracle and people, one after the other, were using it to write five or 10 words saying, in effect, “I’m sad too.” It’s not that they weren’t sincere, it’s that this piece of 21st century technology trivialized their sincerity. A few days later, a memorial gathering was held at the Ottawa Conference Centre – a railway station for much of the 20th century. Many of the same people came and many others, 500 in all, and they behaved in an old-technology way. They talked and they listened and they laughed and they cried and they hugged each other. There was more power and emotion in that gathering than in a billion tweets. The 21st century gives us the choice. We can tweet or we can show up. Showing up still works best. In Ottawa, the second-weakest of reasons for doing something is that the city’s image needs changing. People think Ottawa is dowdy, we are told by

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proponents of giant electronic billboards. We need to show some more flash. Well, do we really? What’s dowdy about Ottawa? We have, thanks to the NCC, no billboards along the Canal and the parkways. Most people don’t complain about that. Some rather like it. What else don’t we have that other cities do? We have restaurants and nightclubs and festivals and theatres and galleries and shopping centres. We can even put together a bit of a traffic jam. We also have a few things that other cities don’t have, such as a relatively peaceful life and an ease of access to the countryside. Even in the 21st century, why should we be apologizing for that?

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f I’ve ever said anything critical or derogatory about public school teachers, I take it all back. Public school teachers are like nurses and people who work in homeless shelters. They are absolute saints, and whatever mistakes they make should be viewed in light of the dedication and service they provide to our society. On a rare occasion recently, in celebration of La Francophonie, we were invited to my children’s school to play board games. We were there for one hour. I went in feeling happy and anticipating the positive opportunity the occasion would provide for me to connect with my sons’ classmates and peers. I left feeling like I should dash to the nearest spa and purchase each of the teachers, teaching assistants and student volunteers a full day of pampering, every week for the rest of the year. In the senior kindergarten class, the children were not all horrible. In fact, most of them were fine. Some were even interesting and amicable companions. But there were two that were not fine, and within 30 minutes those two threatened to push me over the edge. They were rude, they were disruptive, they lacked attention skills, they ruined the board game. And for all my eagerness to try to engage them, they had equal dissidence. Just when I thought I could

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no longer stand it, my spouse appeared to relieve me from my duties. And off I went to junior kindergarten. There, the kids were just so very needy. I’ve never seen so many boogies and tears and tantrums within the span of twenty minutes. Keeping in mind this was a day they’d been cooped up in the rain, with the added disruption of having parents in the classroom, I tried to feign sympathy and understanding. Really, I just wanted to get the hell out of there. As much as the children made an impression on me, the teachers made an even greater one. They were unphased by what I can only describe as chaos which surrounded us. Moreover, they were able to take the chaos and turn it into something orderly and productive. As if by magic, kids who had been picking their noses and throwing board game pieces across the room were transformed into polite students of poetry. In the other room, tears turned to laughter as the teacher incorporated the dramatic events of the day into a familiar song. We have a tendency to rely too heavily on teachers, and we blame them for every ill in our society. Kids are fat? It’s the school’s fault. Kids disrespectful? School’s fault. Kids can’t read? It’s those darn teachers that just don’t know how to do their jobs. Having come from a family of school teachers, I’ve probably been their biggest critic. But after what I saw the other day, my faith in the system is renewed. Far from failing us, I would argue that many of the public school teachers are miracle workers. If you don’t believe me, I dare you to go spend a day in the classroom in their shoes, and just see if you make it out alive.

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Do you think the 2011 city budget passed by council last week was worthy of applause?

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A) It’s ridiculous – naming civic

the tax increase below 2.5 per cent.

buildings should be a way to honour the city’s history.

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have transit issues to worry about.

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Latest breast cancer technology unveiled at Ottawa Hospital KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

Ottawa women now have a chance to get better breast cancer detection thanks to new and innovative breast cancer equipment at the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic, General and Riverside campuses. “(This new equipment) lets our radiologist see more,” said Guy Morency, director of medical imaging at the Otttawa Hospital. “What you see is what you get. This technology lets us get the best quality we possibly can.” The hospital received more than $100,000 from TELUS’ Go Pink Campaign, which donated $25 from every pink BlackBerry sold across Canada to new digital mammography machines in regional hospitals. The campaign started last May and raised more than $2.45 million nationally. “I know from personal experience the wait for a new test after an inconclusive result from an older style analog machine can be agonizing,” said Jill Scharr, vice-president of TELUS community affairs. “Digital technology would have allowed the radiologist to get a better look the first time.” Scharr said the new equipment will be able to detect smaller tumors, saving lives and taxpayer dollars by reducing re-testing caused by inconclusive tests. There are currently two mam-

mography machines at the Civic Hospital and one at the General Campus. Two more will be arriving shortly at the Riverside Campus. Morency said these machines will also help reduce wait times for women getting mammograms done. The Civic Hospital sees 21,000 patients per year from all age groups. “The digital mammography machine allows our staff to process four cases per hour, up from three with the traditional mammogram X-rays,” Morency said. Geoff Doherty, a radiologist with the Ottawa Hospital, said the new machines have a much crisper image than the traditional mammogram. The X-rays from the new machines look kind of like a highdefinition television compared to the older machines, he said. “We can find smaller cancers in difficult-to-read dense breasts,” Doherty said. According to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, traditional mammogram X-rays do not penetrate dense breast tissue – so it’s harder to find tumours. The new digital equipment generates magnified images of breast tissue. “This partnership with TELUS will continue to allow us to provide patient care with state-of-the-art equipment,” said Morency.

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Marzanna Bednarek-Zilinskas, a radiation technologist at the Ottawa Hospital, shows how to use the facility’s new digital mammography machines during a mock demonstration at the Civic Hospital.

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Raquel Padua, a policy program officer for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, spoke of her experiences as a new Canadian at the Ottawa Chinese Community Centre’s celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8.

Community makes Women’s Day tribute to inspiring, successful immigrants KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

About 50 women from all different backgrounds gathered at the Ottawa Chinese Community Centre on Kent Street to celebrate International Women’s Day – and to hear inspiring stories of immigrant women’s success in Canada. “It wasn’t long ago that women weren’t allowed to vote or be elected,” said Olivia Chow, New Democratic Party MP for Trinity-Spadina. “The woman’s role was to stay home and care for children, which we can do well. But we can do other things well too.” Chow, who joined the event by teleconference as keynote speaker, told her story of coming to Canada from Hong Kong when she was 13 years old. She spoke about her struggles as a new Canadian – from not knowing English to being so shy in front of people she sat in the back of the classroom at school. Chow told the audience about how she went from a fine arts major to volunteering in hospitals and schools – and seeing the struggles of immigrant women in the community. “That’s why I became a member of Parliament,” Chow said.

“So voices of immigrant women are heard and reflected.” As she finished her speech, she left the audience with the message that they shouldn’t let people bring them down, and that they have the power to make a difference. “It’s Canada – the land of equal opportunity,” Chow said. “I hope that this International Women’s Day, we collectively make a commitment that we will make the lives of our daughters, mothers, grandmothers and sisters better – and make the lives of all Canadians better.” The day also welcomed five other speakers including Barbara Clubb, chief executive officer of the Ottawa Public Library and city librarian; Raquel Padua, a policy program officer for Citizenship and Immigration Canada; Amal Elamine, a language interpreter for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario; entrepreneur Huiping Her and psychologist Jean Ju. Her, who has been awarded the Top 40 Under 40 award for her work in starting her own translation company, told the women about her challenges in finding employment after graduating with a master’s degree in English in 1997. She became tearful when

offering advice to other immigrant women. “I don’t want to tell people how to do it, but I see a lot of immigrants and they have the no-mans-land mentality because they’re stuck in the past,” Her said. “They think of what they had in their home country, and they’re thrown into this new country, this new place – and in their mind, they haven’t moved on or developed a determination.” Ju re-iterated Her’s message, and added it’s important for immigrants to get involved in the community and volunteer. She said she remembers taking her six year-old daughter to the mall during the holidays where she would volunteer her time wrapping presents. Her volunteerism rubbed off on both of her children, who both now give back to the community through volunteer efforts. Ju added that new Canadians – especially women – shouldn’t feel inferior because their English isn’t perfect. “I had a professor who told me that people who can integrate into two cultures are more resilient,” she said. “People who can handle two cultures well can be tougher and stronger.”


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This year’s edition of the Ottawa Folk Festival will see a new format and venue for the popular concert event. The festival, which had been held at the west-end Britannia Park for 16 of its first 17 years, will move to Hog’s Back Park, and will run over four days from

Aug. 25 to 28. “We thought we can attract more people by moving into a more central location,” said festival supervisor Mark Monahan. Monahan said the new venue will be easier to access by public transit. “We wanted to come up with a better location that can be served by public transit and allow people to use their other

means since Hog’s Back is right on the bike path,” he said. The relocation, according to Monahan, is imperative to solidify the festival’s future as is the addition of a fourth day to the lineup. “We felt that in order to make the festival viable, we might as well do four days of programming instead of three and also add a new location,” he said.

The plan is intended to meet the needs of the festival’s existing patrons with its central location and to attract and develop new audiences by showcasing one of Ottawa’s more beautiful public parks, adjacent to the stunning Ottawa landmark known as Hog’s Back Falls. “Our feedback was that the public wanted more diversified programming and this will give

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us an opportunity to do that,” Monahan noted. The festival lineup will be unveiled on May 25, with tickets going on sale to the general public on Saturday, May 28. This will be preceded by a special pre-sale for Ottawa Folk Festival insiders. The festival is a celebration of music, dance, visual arts and community, featuring an eclectic mix of musical performances, plus participatory music workshops, special children’s and family performances, wellness activities, beer gardens, artisan and craft vendors.


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A daughter’s legacy transforms tragedy into miracle KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

In 2003, Val Willis’ daughter, Kenra, had just died of colon cancer. Willis was sifting through her daughter’s belongings when she found an old notebook from when Kenra was 11. Her handwriting read “Mrs. Mitchell” – her elementary school teacher’s name – on the front. When Willis opened the notebook, she found a comprehensive book detailing how to ride a horse, complete with indepth illustrations. “I had this wonderful thing in my hand and it was almost as if I was touching a piece of magic,” said Willis. “I thought, ‘I’ve got to have this published.’” She immediately had 1,000 copies printed of the book, My Horse, My Passion, to give to the British Columbia school where Kenra had taught horse riding lessons. Those 1,000 copies turned into 2,000 and were being sent to riding schools and elementary schools across the country. The number continued to multiply and with the sales of these books, Willis has managed to

raise more than $10,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. The readership has even extended to the Queen and Princess Anne, who wrote her to congratulate her on her work. They hang on a wall in Willis’ home, which she calls Kenra’s Wall of Fame. “I’ve met dozens of people who are lifelong friends through this little book,” said Willis. Kenra’s memory continues to live on in Almonte, where she opened the riding stable Willaway Farm in 1998. Willis’s next project is to raise money from sales of the books to support a program at the farm that helps people with disabilities or who need therapeutic horses to help them. The current owner, Susan Allan, is excited about the new project. “It’s for all kinds of people – from people with disabilities to abused women,” Allan said. “There’s so much stress in life, and horses can read emotion. They can teach you more than a human, and you can learn from them.” Allan added that Willaway Farms is looking to create some-

thing called David’s Loft that will allow for handicapped accessibility. “No matter what their disability or ability is, people can still experience the passion of horses,” she said. Willis has also donated $13,000 from the sale of the books to the Almonte Hospital – where Kenra died eight years ago. “It just seems as if it won’t stop,” said Willis. “It’s ageless. She wrote it at age 11, and what was on her mind then about the horse world is still valid.” Willis added that she’s heard from teachers that the My Horse, My Passion has been useful in English and graphics classes. “Her illustrations are remarkable for 11 years-old,” said Willis of the illustrations. “And I didn’t change a word (in the book).” Allan said Willis has taken a tragedy and turned it into a miracle, while Willis said she didn’t think publishing her daughter’s book would have made such an impact and a difference. “I never dreamt this would happen,” said Willis. “After 1,000 copies printed I thought it would end, but it just goes on and on.”

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Val Willis, an Island Park resident, said her late daughter’s book, My Horse, My Passion, has changed her life, along with the lives of many others.

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Ottawa to host leg of annual Canada-Russia showdown EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

Ottawa has been selected to be among six cities that will play host to the 2011 Subway Super Series, a six-game clash between the best Canadian players from the Canadian Hockey League and a select team of Russian junior-age players. The Ottawa 67’s will play host to Game 3 of the series on Thursday, Nov. 10 the Ottawa Civic Centre. “We are very excited and we think its going to be a very good show,” said 67’s owner Jeff Hunt. He said the event will mark the return of international junior hockey to Ottawa after the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships, which included games hosted at the Civic Centre..

“We are going to have a chance to show that again in November,” he said. “We think it will be very popular with fans who now know what world class junior hockey can be like. ... and I think the fans will be very supportive.” The series is a key part of the identification process for Hockey Canada as it assembles its squad for the World Juniors, which will be played in Edmonton and Calgary starting on Dec. 26. This past year, the Russians won the series for the first time in the event’s eight-year history. “On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League we look forward to bringing the subway Super Series to CHL arenas next November,” CHL President David Branch said in a statement. “Given the success of the 2010

2011 SUBWAY SUPER SERIES • Game 1 – Monday, Nov. 7 at Victoriaville, Que. • Game 2 – Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Quebec City •Game 3 – Thursday, Nov. 10 at Ottawa •Game 4 – Monday, Nov. 14 at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. •Game 5 – Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Regina • Game 6 – Thursday, Nov. 17 at Moose Jaw, Sask.

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DE LA SALLE OFSAA RUN HITS WALL De La Salle Cavaliers Kaly Soro, left, and Valeria Quintanar reject a spike attempt during a thrilling OFSAA semi-final won by gold medallist Gisèle-Lalonde by a score of 18-16 in the deciding set. It was a bittersweet moment for the Cavaliers as they collected antique-bronze medals after their final high school volleyball game at the OFSAA championships on March 9 at St. Joseph Catholic High School.

Ottawa will join the growing ranks of professional soccer clubs in Canada this summer when Capital City Football Club take the field as part of the Canadian Soccer League. The club, founded by Claridge Homes executive Neil Malhotra, will play its games at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility at Mooney’s Bay Park. Malhotra, who also serves as president for the non-profit club, said the team is looking forward to providing local players with professional soccer opportunities while also appealing to the diverse population in the capital region. “We’re trying to respect the traditions of the game and at the same time create an affordable and fun experience,” he said. The club will play a 26-game schedule this season and will be looking to add a team to the CSL Reserve Division in time for the 2012 season. The club will be holding an

open tryout at the Coliseum sports dome on Bank Street on March 26 and 27. Malhotra said the club will be looking to fill 20 roster spots for the upcoming season. The club will be partnering with Ottawa South United. The two organizations will be working together on coaching and player development initiatives as well as the creation of a “European-style” soccer academy for Eastern Ontario. “It’s very positive in the sense that we have a lot of kids that graduate from youth soccer ... but a lot of good kids that don’t really have anywhere to go,” said OSU president Bill Michalopulos. “They want to stay in Ottawa, but they don’t have anywhere to play really. So I think this bodes really well for the talent that’s being developed in Ottawa.” The club has appointed Shaun Harris as the team’s head coach and technical director. Harris is a former MLS player who won the 2005 MLS Cup as a member of the L.A. Galaxy and has worked in the development program of England’s Everton FC. Soccer in Canada has grown

in leaps and bounds in recent years. Since 2007, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps have joined the top-tier Major League Soccer and Montreal Impact and FC Edmonton competing in the North American Soccer League. Two weeks ago, FIFA awarded the right to host the 2015 Women’s World Cup to the Canadian Soccer Association. Ottawa is among a group of seven candidate cities vying to host the event. Capital City FC joins the 14team CSL and will compete against Brampton City United, Brantford Galaxy, London City, Montreal Impact Academy, North York Astros, SC Toronto, Serbian White Eagles, St. Catharines Wolves, Toronto FC Academy, York Region Shooters as well as fellow newcomers Mississauga Eagles FC and Windsor Stars for the First Division championship. The season runs from the beginning of May until the October, followed by playoffs. The CSL is officially recognized as the third tier of soccer in Canada, below MLS and NASL.

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Community Calendar We welcome your submissions of upcoming community, non-profit events. Please email events to OTWevents@ metroland.com by 4:30 p.m. Friday

• MARCH 26 Pastured Poultry – Ecological Farmers of Ontario. In 1996, Joel Salatin wrote Pasturing Poultry for Profits and opened up the discussion on raising larger numbers of birds outside in a manner that would give the birds protection from the elements and predation while having the benefits of sun, bugs and grass. This workshop will look at all aspects of raising poultry on pasture in a Joel Salatin manner in Ontario. Topics covered will include breed selection, brooding, feeding, pasture housing, shipping, and slaughtering to quota and organic certification issues. Location: Seniors Room, Richmond Arena, 6095 Perth Rd., Richmond. Cost is $70 ($50 for Ecological Farmers of Ontario Members). Registration: contact info@efao.ca or call 1-877-822-8606

• MARCH 30 “Together for Vanier” Working Group on Drugs and Prostitution. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Centre Pauline Charron, 164 Jeanne Mance St. Everyone welcome! Ottawa Independent Writers Monthly Meeting: Publishing & Marketing Your Book

Your Book is Done: Now Get to Work to Make it a Profitable Business.Best-selling author Peggy McColl and author Roslyn Franken will explain everything you need to know about publishing, publicity, promotion and building a platform to transform your book into a money-making endeavour. McColl will also touch on effective online marketing techniques that anyone can follow. Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St. Room Exhibition A. 7 p.m. $10 for non-members. Info: (613) 731-3873 or www.oiw.ca

• APRIL 2 West Ottawa Rotary Club and University of Ottawa Music Students presents Music for Humanity to eradicate polio takes place at 1st Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave, Ottawa. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the Rotary Polio Eradication Initiative. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated over $400 million to polio eradication and challenged Rotary International to match the contribution. Attendance at this concert will help Rotary respond. There will be music by Mozart, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Casterede and Mendez, Turina, Paganini, Ibert and Bartok for solo and combined instruments and by Rossini, Saint-Saens and Bizet (fm Carmen) for voice and piano Join us for refreshments after the concert. Tickets are $20 and students are $10. For more information visit:

www.rotaryclubwestottawa.ca or call 613-746-8037 The Eastern Ontario Umpires Association (EOUA) is looking for individuals, males and females over 18 interested in officiating fast pitch and slo pitch softball. The EOUA is affiliated with Softball Canada, Softball Ontario, Slo-Pitch Ontario and USSSA. Ontario is proud to boast one of the best umpire programs in the country. If you are interested in learning a new avenue of the game of softball, we are always looking for individuals like you. Training and clinics are provided. Please call Stuart 613-744-3967 or Dave 613-791-6767 now.

APRIL 6 A unique dining experience with zero greenhouse gas emissions held at the Fairmont Château Laurier from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Laurier Room With Honourary Chair: David Chernushenko, City of Ottawa Councillor and Emcee, Olympian MJ McCann. Evening highlights include a fully candle-lit ambience where you and your guests will savour an organic, local gourmet, six course meal introduced by the Château Laurier’s Executive Chef Alain Gobeil and Sous Chef Shane Colton. Each course will be paired with complementary wine from Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery, the first certified CarbonNeutral winery in the world. Mingle and dine with

our Clean Air Champions - Olympians, Paralympians and National Team athletes. There will also be a Live and Silent Auction— one of a kind items from Champions like a sport training day with an Olympian, and much more. There will be live entertainment with pianist David Irving. Tickets are limited. Individual tickets are $150 and for a table of six is $810. All tickets can be purchased online at: www.zeroenergydinners.co or call j/m/a Event Planning at 613.271.2713 Proceeds will go to Clean Air Champions’ school programs. Clean Air Champions is a national charity that engages high profile athletes (our Champions) to educate youth about air quality, climate change, and health, and inspire them to get active for the environment.

• APRIL 7-10 First Avenue Public School Book Sale, 73 First Ave. (at O’Connor in the Glebe). More than 35,000 gently-used books, DVDs and CDs priced to sell. Books are organized by author and category, and include fiction, children’s, mysteries, cooking, gardening, political and social sciences, religion, French language, biographies, and more. The sale will take place Thursday, April 7 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, contact firstavebook-

sale@gmail.com. Find out more at www.firstavebooksale.com.

• APRIL 9 “What’s your Story” Workshop with Ottawa author Nichole McGill. This half-day workshop follows a presentation McGill delivered at a recent meeting of Ottawa Independent Writers. It takes place on April 9, in Room 156 at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St. 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

• MAY 5 - 8 Ottawa Independent Writers Basic Training Memoir Writing Weekend and Retreat: May 5 to 8, 2011. Take part in memoir writing workshops led by Ottawa author Emily-Jane Hills Orford who will explain how to write a compelling family story or dedicate your time to writing in the privacy of your room or on the grounds at the Marguerite Centre in Pembroke. Cost (including meals and accommodations): Basic Training in Memoir Writing $383.25 for OIW members; $438.25 for non-members; Retreat: $283.25 for OIW members; $338.25 for non-members. For more information contact Carl Dow, (613) 233-6225 or carl.dow@sympatico. ca Attendance is limited to the first 15 people. Please mail your cheque to: Ottawa Independent Writers P.O. Box 23137 Ottawa, ON K2A 4E2. Bring a work in progress or your ideas for a story. Info: mikemontreuil@sympatico.ca or www.oiw.ca

Residents, businesses get ready to mark fifth annual Earth Hour COURTNEY SYMONS On March 26, Ottawa may face its darkest hour – in a good way. Earth Hour, the worldwide event that began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, asks individuals to turn off the lights and reduce their energy use for an hour on March 26, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Last year, an estimated 10 million Canadians participated in the effort to raise awareness about sustainability issues. Earth Hour has become the most successful voluntary event in the history of humankind, as Hydro Ottawa’s chief conservation officer Roger Marsh put it at City Hall’s unveiling of an Earth Hour banner on March 7. This is the fourth consecutive year that Ottawa will take part in the event. Hosted by the World Wildlife Federation, Earth Hour saw a record 128 countries participating in 2010. But there is always room for improvement, said Paulette Roberge, spokeswoman for the federation’s Ottawa bu-

reau. “The main focus this year is to try to get Canadians to think beyond the hour,” she said. “Yes, we’ve had a very successful campaign since 2007, but it’s not enough to have people do it for only one hour.” Canadians should think of ways to minimize carbon emissions and cut down on energy consumption every day, said Roberge. She also stressed the need to switch to cleaner types of energy, like solar and wind. “Although Earth Hour has been phenomenally successful, the reality is that we’re one of the top 10 nations contributing to climate change, and we don’t have to be,” she said. The Green Party will host a candlelit vigil on Parliament Hill on March 26, as they did last year. Over 400 people converged on the Hill in 2010, and this year there are 500 candles to be given away to participants. At the museum of Science and Technology, Earth Hour enthusiasts are invited to attend a free stargazing night and use

Canada’s largest refracting telescope to look at the stars. Guests can enjoy coffee and hot chocolate offered by Bridgehead, and learn about the constellations. Many other large businesses across the city will participate by turning off the lights in their buildings, Roberge said. Canadians at home can do the same, perhaps dusting off their board games and lighting some candles. Last year, Hydro Ottawa measured a six per cent decrease in electricity use, which is enough to power 58 homes for a month. The provincial average of energy consumption went down by four per cent, less of a drop than expected because of the colder than normal temperatures. To learn more about Earth Hour and how to participate, visit the World Wildlife Federation website at wwf.ca/earthhour. Users can find creative ways that fellow Canadians are participating, and download posters and tool kits for the event. Another initiative launched

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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson presents World Wildlife Federation spokeswoman Paulette Roberge with a proclamation declaring that Earth hour will be observed on March 26 by the city at a press conference on March 7. by the federation for Earth Hour this year is called Beyond the Hour, an online forum for peo-

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