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BUS ROUTE REBOOT Changes to OC Transpo bus routes were approved by the city’s tranist commission, with the redrawn map set to take effect just after Labour Day weekend.


THE GOOD OLD DAYS A new book by Hintonburg author Conrad Charbonneau takes a look at what life was like in the neighbourhood during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.




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To wrap up Oral Health Awareness Month, dental hygienist Julie Sabourin checked out six-year-old Hailey’s teeth as Devonshire Public School’s Grade 1 class got a dental screening as part of the Dental Screening Program and Healthy Smiles Ontario.


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women were removed from a Stephen Harper rally because they had photos linking them with the Liberals on their Facebook pages, has had an affect on the youth vote. “I don’t know about that,” he said, referring to a possible decline in youth support after those incidents, adding that he’s received no questions from youth about the incidents. “Not the high school (I’ve visited) or Algonquin College.” Baird said he had a debate at the college

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during the last election and finds he gets the best questions from youth. Liberal candidate Anita Vandenbeld also feels young people are more informed. In addition to using social media tools, she has also visited Algonquin College and makes an effort to talk to young people who answer the door when she visits constituents. She said young voters are just as concerned with issues like pensions – but they look at it through a different lens. See INSPIRE on page 6


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Dewar announces NDP plan to boost child care spaces EDDIE RWEMA

Ottawa Centre NDP candidate Paul Dewar touted his party’s plan to establish 100,000 subsidized child care spaces across the country over the next four years during a tour of the Glebe Parent’s Day Care on April 21. Currently, there are close to 9,000 families on the waiting list for licensed child care spaces in Ottawa, Dewar said. “Child care is our society’s signal that we really value children,” he said. “Without a strong commitment to child care we undermine, not only our children’s future, but our community’s strength.” Under their plan, Dewar said they would create a new public and non-profit child care spaces, improve community infrastructure to support quality and access in child care and establish integrated, community based, child-centred early learning and education centres that provide parents with a “one-stopshop” for families services.

“Our children’s early years can be a foundation for life long success,” he said. According to Dewar, only one in every five families can find the child care they need in a licensed regulated place. Any working parent knows top quality early learning child care can only give kids that headstart they deserve, he said. “The average child care cost is out of reach to many families,” Dewar noted. The NDP are pledging to commit $3.3 billion over the next four years to create new child care spaces as part of their fully-costed platform. “We need to fund existing facilities that need to expand and provide subsidies for those who cannot afford child care fees,” he said. “It is about establishing some norms, some standards for child care across the country working in partnership with provinces and municipalities making sure we have child care for everyone.” Richard Girard, chairman of the Glebe Parent’s Day Care

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Merryn Shaker-Gillies presents Ottawa Centre NDP candidate Paul Dewar with an Easter basket in her kindergarten class at the Glebe Parents Day Care on Thursday, April 21. board of directors, said it was important that child care was becoming an election issue. “It is one of those hidden issues that people can turn their back to once they don’t have young children anymore.” For so many Canadians it is the biggest stress of their lives, he said.


St. Paul HS holds mock vote KRISTY WALLACE

Even though they’re too young to vote, St. Paul High School students cast their votes for their preferred Ottawa West-Nepean candidate on April 27. The initiative was all part of Student Vote – a non-profit and non-partisan organization that encourages young Canadians to participate in democracy. Doug Mantha, who teaches at the school, registered to have just over 1,000 ballots delivered to the school for their “election day.” Mantha said he has the school participate in every election. “Sometimes it’s the New Democratic Party,” he said, referring to what way students usually vote. He said it’s great to see students vote, but admits that many students feel politics doesn’t speak to them.

“With youth, if it’s not going to happen in the next six months, it doesn’t affect them.” Mantha added that he tries to get across to his students that even though they might be 16 or 17 years old right now, the government getting elected will likely be in power when they’re of voting age. “I would assume some are (interested in politics), but it’s not a huge thing,” he said. “(To them), voting is not the most exciting of all things to go do.” However he said there’s a bit of excitement when it’s announced who won the mock election. Mantha said he uses the results to discuss in his history and world issues classes. He said the student council election will be taking place about two weeks after the mock vote – and this election gains a bit more interest, he said.

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Transit commission OKs sweeping route changes LAURA MUELLER

With a few last-minute tweaks, Ottawa’s transit commission unanimously approved sweeping changes that will rewrite the city’s transit map. The changes won’t take effect until Sept. 4, but after Labour Day weekend, transit users might be scrambling to find their way around the city on a completely reworked network of buses. The changes are aimed at saving $19.5

million by next year through eliminating duplication and creating a more straightforward system that is easier to understand, but that will also means longer walks, more transfers and less frequent service for some riders. However, 95 per cent of passenger trips won’t change drastically and could even improve, according to OC Transpo staff. More than 30 people lined up to speak at the six-plus-hour April 20 transit commission meeting in a last-ditch effort to tell the commission – including four new

public members for the first time – how the changes would impact them. Valerie Collicott of the City For All Women initiative said streamlining the express bus and Transitway systems is one thing, but reducing access to local routes can put women in danger. “I am puzzled and dismayed that they changes are being made on the backs of women, seniors and people with disabilities,” Collicott said. Barbara Caroll, the executive director of the Debora Dynes Family House, echoed Collicott’s comments about the transit cuts’ impact on marginalized transit users. She said 180 of the social housing complex’s 800 residents signed a petition aimed at reversing the cancellation of Route 3. Many of the residents are immigrants, refugees and single parents from traumatic situations, and the 3 has been their lifeline to get them to language classes and other essential services. “We are the black hole, it would seem, in the city,” Caroll said. “Between Hog’s Back and Fisher there is almost no service.” Caroll said these marginalized citizens may be hard for the city to reach and educate about the changes, a concern that was repeated by David Jeans of Transport Action Canada. “The timing of these changes will be very disruptive,” he said, because the week after Labour Day is when people return from vacation, start the new school year and perhaps new jobs. “And that will be the first day that most people hear about these changes.” Educating the public about the changes will be the next big step, said GloucesterSouthgate Coun. Diane Deans, who is also chairwoman of the transit commission. “This is the theme of the day,” added

Alain Mercier, the head of OC Transpo. “It’s communicating right down at the community level.” At its next meeting on May 18, the transit commission will find out when it will be able to see a draft of the public education plan to inform riders of the changes. Deans said she was pleased with the amount of public engagement in the process. The city received approximately 6,500 comments in the first round of changes, and 375 comments after revisions to the plan were released on April 13. “(This has been) one of the best exercises in public engagement that the city has been through,” she said, but conceded that there may still be some tweaks to the transit map as the details of the routes are ironed out. “It’s possible that we didn’t get it all right,” Deans said. “As we move forward we’ll evaluate and make changes as needed.” Finalized schedules for the revised route system should be available by the end of the summer, before the changes take affect on Sept. 4. Innes Ward Coun. Rainer Bloess was the only member of the commission who voiced some opposition to the plan. He dissented on the section of changes in his east-end ward. Bloess said city council went about this process backwards when it decided to approve $22 million in cutbacks to OC Transpo before determining how those cuts would be made. He said transit planning staff did their best with the “tools we gave them.” “The lesson for us is that when you make a budget decision like that maybe you should know what some of those impacts are,” Bloess said.

Civic Hospital neighbourhood votes on traffic study cash KRISTY WALLACE

The Civic Hospital neighbourhood will put $30,000 given to them by developers for a traffic study in their neighbourhood – unless another traffic measure is needed in the next year or so. The decision comes as the neighbourhood prepares for the construction of two condominium sites at 125 Hickory St., a 12-storey building on Champagne Avenue and a pair of towers at 855 Carling Ave. Members of the community and the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association made the decision at the April 20 meeting that invited the community and Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs. “Members were concerned about the amount of time it would take to do a study,” said Katherine Steinhoff, vicepresident of the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association. “The CHNA was under the impression that it would take at least a couple of years to further fund and conduct a study.”

Steinhoff said city staff told the association that a traffic study would cost anywhere between $100,000 and $150,000. Hobbs said at the meeting that it could take as long as 10 years to fund and conduct the study, according to Steinhoff. Hobbs said it might take a couple more years to get money to fund the study, but there are still a lot of other things that need to happen, such as the approval of the study. “A lot of the issues the CHNA is discussing are for buildings that are not yet built,” said Hobbs. “It’s a difficult thing to address right now.” Steinhoff said overall, members of the community are concerned about the intensification. “The city wants to intensify our neighbourhood on a scale unknown anywhere else in Ottawa without having a real plan to support the intensification or deal with the traffic that comes with the development,” she said. “The association supports intensification but it should be planned and supported.”




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Teen jailed one year for role in Ghiasi killing KRISTY WALLACE

Zakara Dourhnou, 18, has been sentenced to one year in prison and three years probation for his role in the December shooting death of Notre Dame High School student Yazdan Ghiasvand Ghiasi.

Four members of Ghiasi’s family sat in the back of an Ottawa courtroom on April 21, one young woman dabbing her eyes with tissue, as Ontario Court Justice Celynne Dorval read out her decision. Dourhnou has previously pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and breach of probation.

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Dorval read out her decision, where she took into account his age and background. “He was born in Morocco and had a difficult childhood,” she read out. “His mother was sponsored to come to Canada, but he only immigrated here at age six.” Dorval said Dourhnou was act-

ing for a friend when he cleaned the blood out of the car during in the hours following the shooting. “It was obvious by the state of the vehicle that a serious altercation had taken place,” Dorval said. “In my view, this is more serious than harbouring a fugitive or encouraging another to clean up as those acts only indirectly interfere with an investigation.” Dourhnou was also on probation at the time, she said, and breached his probation by liv-

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From YOUTH on page 1 “(Youth) don’t censor their way of thinking,” Vandenbeld said. In order to engage youth who might not vote in elections, she said, it’s up to the candidates to listen to what young people are saying – through their poetry, music or art. “It’s important to take in that form of expression and making politics relevant.” New Democratic candidate Marlene Rivier believes she has an edge over her fellow candidates in Ottawa West-Nepean when it comes to youth votes. “The NDP has a natural appeal for youth,” Rivier said. “But we’re also very sensitive to our need to communicate to in ways that are meaningful to them.” She finds young voters are interested in environment issues, reducing poverty in communities as well as personal hardships they’re enduring as students, Rivier said, adding it’s important to not be critical of youth who aren’t voting, but rather understand the reasons why they’re choosing not to. “If it’s because they feel disempowered, we need to inspire them in some way.” Mark MacKenzie, Ottawa West-Nepean’s Green Party candidate, said he’s also visiting Algonquin College, and went to the school the day before advance polls to draw in green chalk the line from the college to the advance polls. When talking to young constituents, MacKenzie said the issues that mostly come up are tuition and transportation. “A lot of them are quite happy to see the Green Party candidate,” he said, adding he’s heard from many young voters how disappointed they were Green leader Elizabeth May wasn’t allowed to participate in the debates. Another issue he heard most about it the rising national debt. “Youth are concerned with how much money is being blown and they’re quite concerned with being stuck with that bill,” he said.


Japan relief, CHEO to gain from spring festival’s effort The Japanese Relief Fund and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario will be just a couple charities benefitting from Trailhead’s Spring Runoff Festival on April 30. “It’s a way we can give back to the community,” said Karen Fitzgibbons, retail manager of Trailhead in Westboro. “It’s hard to find a charity you can really, really give back to. We’re happy to help out.” The third annual festival will feature a silent auction that organizers hope will be able to raise as much as $5,000 for the Japanese Relief Fund. Among other events are Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Clinics to benefit CHEO. The charity Stand Up for CHEO will be presenting a one-hour introduction to stand up paddle boarding at the Westboro Beach. Leah Wyatt, the Spring Runoff Coordinator, said Trailhead has worked with CHEO before so the event seemed like a good fit. She said the Japanese Relief Fund was also an important initiative for organizers.

“It’s a current cause and has affected many people in the community,” Wyatt said. Fitzgibbons added that all of the organizers of the festival wanted to contribute to the Japanese Relief Fund. “The festival is about bringing the community together after a long winter and introducing new people to paddling,” said Fitzgibbons. “And it’s a fun way to raise money.” Wyatt said the festival will also raise money for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Ottawa Riverkeepers. A group of eight friends, who have called themselves Trans CanEAUda, will have a booth set up and are fundraising for the two charities. Trans CanEAUda is embarking on a cross-Canada canoe expedition during the spring, summer and fall of 2011. The two benefiting organizations help work towards improving the health of the country’s watersheds. CanEAUda will leave from Ottawa the first week of May heading northwest, paddling 7,000 kilometres to reach Inuvik, N.W.T.

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Karen Fitzgibbons, left, retail manager of Trailhead in Westboro and Leah Wyatt, Spring Runoff co-ordinator, are busy planning Trailhead’s Spring Runoff Festival on April 30 which will benefit charities in Ottawa and abroad. “It’s not just about paddling, but getting people to meet and greet,” said Fitzgibbons. She said the festival will be a great way to come out and talk to different clubs and also to enjoy some music and a barbecue. Wyatt said the festival will

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Federal vote a right, responsibility


he saying goes, you get the government you deserve. But not always. In our first-past-the-post election system, governments are chosen with surprisingly low voter support. And as voter turnout tumbles, people who truly care fall victim to the sad sector of citizens who don’t vote because they’ve given up hope and allow Canada’s future to be directed by a fractured few. As tough as it may be to muster enthusiasm for this federal election, we must, if only out of respect for a democracy Canadians say they care about so much. On the world stage, Canada is a very young country, and the battles fought for the right to vote are not so very old. At the time of Confederation in 1867, only a small minority of the population could vote. Only males over the age of 21 who met certain property qualifications were eligible to vote and run as federal candidates. Women, registered Indians and members of certain religious denominations were excluded. And with provincial legislation governing federal politics, some groups, such as immigrants from Japan, China and India, were not allowed to vote

in some provinces. In 1885 a complex property-based system applied differently from town to town and province to province, but some Aboriginal people gained the right to vote depending where they lived. During the First World War, the vote was given to all British subjects, male and female, who were active or retired members of the armed forces, including Aboriginals and those under 21. In December 1917, about 2,000 military nurses became the first Canadian women granted the right to vote in a federal election. One year later, the vote was extended to all Canadian women of voting age who were native-born and satisfied any relevant property qualifications. Today, with the right to vote firmly secured, far too many people simply give it a pass. Don’t be one of them. Take, or make, the time to vote on May 2. In a world of pressures from every direction, from peers to polls to political propaganda, the secrecy of the voting booth still offers the one place where you, and you alone, can show what you truly stand for. And if you stand for nothing, then you’ll surely fall for anything.


A nation in a frenzy, except for most of it


n the space of three days we have an election and a royal wedding. Could it get any better than this? And was that a sarcastic question? Not really. There are people for whom a royal wedding is the biggest thing going. I have relatives who, back in 1981, listened to the Charles-Diana wedding on the radio. That’s serious. And there are people for whom a federal election is Christmas, Valentine’s Day and the opening of the duck hunting season all rolled into one. I may be one of those people, except for the duck hunting. Elections are exciting, full of surprises, with good things happening to people you like and bad things happening to people you don’t. And, unfortunately, vice versa. Plus, elections are good for you. Voting makes you a useful citizen, it’s easy to do and you feel virtuous afterwards. You may not be quite as useful to your country watching a royal wedding on TV, although you probably aren’t doing it any harm. The intriguing question is how many of you there really are. Because when you think of it this way, it’s not really all that relevant to us: two young people who don’t spend much of

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town any time here and won’t have any influence over us even if William becomes king some day. By the way, Elton John is on the record as hoping that William will become king. It was in one of those magazines. In fact, there is no royal wedding fact too insignificant to make it into the media. Details of the guest list have been breathlessly revealed as if they were the latest revelations from Wikileaks. The CBC spent some of our valuable taxpayer money the other day looking up people called Middleton and asking them what they thought about that. Of course, the CBC also spent some of our money finding non-political people who were called Jack Layton or Elizabeth May, so there’s a journalistic consistency there.


And, as anyone could have predicted, there have been literally hundreds of stories about how Britain is in a state of anticipatory frenzy and how Canada is too. Lacking hard evidence one way or the other, you wonder whether this is a case of rerunning an old story well past its due date. I may travel in the wrong circles, but the only time I see anyone frenzied over the royal wedding is when I turn on the television hoping to find a CBC item about someone who has the same name as Sir Wilfrid Laurier. There are, to be sure, people who are frenzied about just about anything but the fact that one of them shows up on TV doesn’t say anything about the rest of us. It’s just a reliable old formula story, as stories about royalty always are. You interview the girl who gave the flower to the Queen. What did she say to you? She said “Thank you.” You interview the senior citizen who stood in line for three hours and wore her best hat. How thrilled were you? Did she wave? You don’t interview the people who ignored the whole thing, the bulk of the population, because indifference doesn’t make good television.

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Which brings us back to the election, where, on the contrary, indifference does seem to make good television. You know this from the number of potential non-voters who are interviewed and tell the camera that the parties are not saying anything to them so they’re staying home on May 2. You want to say to them: “Suck it up, kid, and make the effort.” None of us are totally in love with a leader or a party either, but we go out and vote for one anyway, because it might make a difference. It fact, you could argue that it might make even more of a difference than someone getting married in England.

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’ll say it, I’m not afraid of it: Coalition. Coalition, coalition, coalition. As a voter who frequently sits on the fence until the eleventh hour, I’m secretly hoping for another minority government after May 2. More than that, I’m hoping for a coalition. But the coalition may not look the way the media and party leaders have led you to believe. Nobody’s talked much, for example, about the possibility of a Conservative-led coalition. For those of you who find this hard to fathom, look across the pond to the Motherland. This happened in the U.K. last spring. The Conservative Party won the most seats, but not enough for a majority. Rather than choose the volatile minority government route, as Liberals and Conservatives have in Canada for the last seven years, the U.K. Tories partnered with their ideological opposites, the third party in the House, the Liberal Democrats. The equivalent in Canada would be Stephen Harper and Jack Layton forming a coalition, with Layton as the deputy prime minister. And I, for one, like the idea. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a Liberal-led coalition with Harper as deputy PM as well or a New Democrat coalition with Michael Ignatieff as deputy PM. I’m up for just about any combination that excludes the Bloc Quebecois. There are many reasons to support the stability that a coalition government may offer. In the absence of a proportional representation system, our multi-party system has seen parties unable to articulate their ideological differences effectively. This has contributed to a vote split on all sides, resulting in successive minority governments. It’s also meant an exhausting number of expensive elections – four in Canada since 2004.

And a coalition may actually better reflect the will of the majority of voters. The smaller party in the coalition can actually wield a lot of influence, holding the prime minister and his party to account. Imagine Layton’s socialism combined with small-c fiscal conservatism. It could be every Canadian’s dream. A coalition also addresses the complaint made frequently by smaller parties that their popular support does not translate into seats in the House. In 2008, for example, the NDP garnered 18.2 per cent of the popular vote, but won just 37 of the 308 seats (about 12 percent) in the House. The Bloc Quebecois earned just 9.97 per cent of votes, but translated that into 48 seats (about 15 per cent). Some believe this is unfair, but I think every small party should look to the Bloc as a role model. The Bloc has legitimately and strategically found a way to work within the current political system to punch above its weight. How? By building up concentrated support. The Reform Party did the same. Both went from zero to Official Opposition within a handful of years in the nineties. The Green Party, in contrast, stretches itself thin, attempting to run candidates in 308 ridings, yet never successfully winning any influence in the corridors of power. And once you get elected, you can steer the future course of Canada’s political system, which may or may not include a coalition with another party. The Reform Party – after morphing into various things – first outgrew, then eventually merged with the old Progressive Conservatives. It was a coalition of sorts, despite the Tories newfound disdain for the word. I, for one, love the idea. It forces people to put aside ideological differences and meaningless wedge politics in order to work together. If we want our politicians to work hard for us, it’s worth giving a coalition government our nod of approval. After all, if two opposing sides are able to negotiate and compromise, the resulting policies will be well thought-out, balanced, and more reflective of our collective interests. We’re paying $300 million for this election. Let’s make sure it’s an investment, rather than a liability.


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I haven’t been a “hospital insider” long. When I joined the hospital in 2008, my health care learning curve was steep, and I was lucky to benefit from the help of many leaders. Among those I relied on most is Paula Doering, our Senior Vice President, Clinical Programs, and Regional Vice-President, Cancer Care Ontario. Paula is leading the transformation of our Cancer Program. Today, she’s your columnist, telling you what you need to know about the project. We’re enhancing the quality of cancer services in all parts of our region by adopting a new way to provide cancer care to patients who have completed their active treatment. Until now, patients were followed for many years by their oncologist(s) – either at The Ottawa Hospital or in one of our regional cancer clinics. Today, in keeping with best practices in other international and provincial cancer programs, patients will be referred back to their family doctors, when appropriate. We’ll provide patients and their family doctor with recommendations for their

ongoing monitoring and care. If at any time patients have questions or concerns about symptoms or their plan of care, they’ll be rapidly assessed by their oncologist at our cancer centre. Family physicians, too, will have the chance to consult oncologists when necessary. Some patients don’t have family doctors. We’ll now flag patients who are admitted to our program without a family doctor, and work to link them to a family doctor. What does this mean for patients or their families? The new strategy ensures that follow-up is provided through the family doctor who knows them best, while newly diagnosed patients benefit from faster access to oncologists, at the time of diagnosis and during active treatment. Our oncologists will still be front and centre in the follow-up care patients receive. We are developing tools to actively support patients and family doctors. This includes providing survivorship care plans that summarize the cancer care received and document the plan for follow-up care. It means strengthening partnerships and links with the community resources best positioned to meet the diverse needs of cancer survivors. Finally, it means improved access to quality cancer care across our region. Not only will we continue providing world class care in our cancer centres and clinics. We will also expand the use of telemedicine. No matter where they reside, patients will have access to the same high standard of care thanks to easy remote access to The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Program. We’re listening to our patients, and working towards better care, closer to home, when they need it. 464439



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Iris Street resident Garry Bradley is worried he’ll lose sleep if a digital messaging sign proposed for the nearby Ikea

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ing a sofa with exposed decorative legs that lets you see underneath it as opposed to one with a skirted base. What about for a very small space? “Make a small space feel as large as possible with a sofa under 38–inches deep and 80–inches long,” concludes Lohnes.

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“First, look at the window space itself, then the area surrounding it and, finally, the room in its entirety,” says Rainville. “If you coordinate the window fashions with the wall colour it will help visually expand the room because low contrasts keep the eye moving around the room. To make the window or room appear smaller and cozier, use dark, warm colours and high contrast between the window and wall.”

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Artwork and TVs: “Never hang artwork in relationship to the height of the ceiling,” says Lohnes. “It should be hung in relation to the anchor you’re hanging it above or the floor. In a low–ceilinged room, this means you should hang your artwork about 8 inches above the anchor. In a room with high ceilings, hang pieces 12 inches above the anchor.” According to Lohnes, when hanging artwork without an anchor, the basic rule is to measure 66 inches from the floor – the middle of your artwork should be at this height. This brings the artwork at approximate “eye level” – the normal qualification for hanging art. What about the plasma televisions? Advises Lohnes: They should be hung about 40 to 42 inches from the floor to the television’s center. When hanging art or a flat–screen television over a mantel, it should be placed three to six inches above the top

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There is absolutely no reason to pay more than what I charge in commission rates regardless of who tries to tell you different says Barry Humphrey of Flat Fee Realty Ottawa. Barry offers Sellers options with huge savings of many thousands of dollars in commission fees. Take a look at his web site, property sales, and testimonials. Don’t let anyone kid you on why you should pay more for what I offer he says. Humphrey says he still offers the EXACT same Full Service he has always provided his clients over the last 26 years. Some sales representatives may charge less but, Humphrey says he does not cut corners, just cuts his commission fees. He lists all properties on the MLS® System of the Ottawa Real Estate Board, gives sellers preparation advice, price analysis, creates web pages, advertises, negotiates offers, holds open houses, etc. He’s there every step of the way with the experience and knowledge sellers need. You hire Barry and you get Barry One-on-One service. Humphrey, a sales representative with FLAT FEE REALTY OTTAWA is a very experienced and knowledgeable 26 year veteran Ottawa real estate agent.Humphrey has worked in the past for Canada Trust Realty which became Coldwell Banker franchises in the early 90’s, and then Royal LePage for 12 years. Humphrey knows the real estate industry inside-out and uses his wealth of experience to offer the best service any seller can find. Humphrey doesn’t say he is the best, but he says he is one of the best. Humphrey says it’s a known fact that 20% of the Realtors® do 80% of the business. Humphrey has been in that 20% group since he started over 26 years ago. Actually, mostly in the 5% to 10% group which is incredible seeing he did not operate as part of a team but an individual agent. Humphrey prides himself on being experienced, trustworthy, honest, hard working, and anal about doing things right. Humphrey says, “When you hire me you get me” from the signing of the listing to the signing of the sale and after service if necessary. Humphrey also says, “With me you get what you pay for”, the top guy all the way through your sale. Humphrey also says he is reachable anytime of the day direct on his cell. Most people tell him that they are surprised how easy they reach him morning, evening, and weekends, and how quick he replies to their calls and needs. Humphrey says, fast efficient reliable service is very important to clients in his business. Humphrey says he was looking for a company like Flat Fee Realty for over a year-and-a-half and in July 2009 he made the switch from Royal LePage. I could not have the flexibility that I have now if I stayed with other companies due to their policies. Humphrey says he markets himself by saying, ‘I’m the person to hire if you don’t want unnecessary high commission costs but you still want the best in real estate service available. His slogan says it all “Great Service Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive”. On the flip side, for any buyer who works with him, Humphrey says they get Cash Back from the commission he earns. That’s basically unheard of, but buyers love the Cash Back and it sure can help them with their costs. One client used that Cash Back to buy appliances. Flat Fee Realty’s company policy says that any buyer using their service to purchase any listed home will receive 15% of the commission earned on the purchase side of the agreement regardless of what company the home is listed with. That can be hundreds or thousands of dollars in a buyers pocket. Why Pay More ? Call Barry and you decide. *Not intended to solicit Sellers/Buyers currently under contract with another Broker.

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(NC)—During the summer months, your backyard can provide additional living space – for lounging, eating or entertaining. And like interior design, the same priorities make for great rooms outside – think mood, furniture, colour, lighting and accessories. Before getting started, determine your personal design style – urban, cottage or zen? Frank Turco,Senior Manager of Trend and Design, The Home Depot Canada provides the following tips to create a beautiful room beyond the back door – whatever your design style: Urban: To achieve an eclectic, yet homey look, go exotic with Persian–style rugs, lanterns and cushions or more classically chic with wrought iron candle lamps, striped carpets and a black and white theme. Add tailored metal or light wood furniture with cheery graphics from the Martha Stewart Living collection, and you have the makings of a great dinner party.

Cottage: If you favour country flair, think airy wicker chairs on a wooden deck. For a casual look, consider Muskoka or butterfly chairs and simple wooden or woven side tables. Driftwood accents, lanterns and hurricane lamps add a beachy touch. Add metal café tables with matching chairs or bistro–inspired seats and a trellis to complete this look, rich in Old World charm. Zen: The minimalists among us might design their ideal outdoor lounge with a pergola and dark rattan sectional or low, modern lounge chairs with cream cushions. Add Japanese–inspired planters, lush with grasses or sculptural twigs and discrete deck lights which cast a serene glow. To create a calm zone in even the smallest space, set up a sleek metal lounge chair or string a hammock in a secluded corner. For more home décor tips visit ca/designcentre and check out the spring issue of The Home Depot’s DreamBook.

multifunctional furniture. Look for coffee tables that double as beverage coolers or deck boxes that keep clutter at bay and act as a convenient place to store outdoor must–haves.

Invest in lighting. Make the warm, spring evenings last even longer with outdoor lighting. Look for lights with dimmers for a muted effect. Solar lighting is another great option – they require no wires and are easy to install.

Include flowers. Container gardens are a good way to grow fresh, organic herbs and vegetables in a limited space. Planters can be coordinated with patio furnishings and go a long way in creating a vibrant look without the commitment typically involved with keeping up a garden.

Add privacy. Create a secluded feeling by adding beautiful outdoor fabric panels, movable screens, or solid wood fencing. Choose durable goods. All–weather patio furnishings are essential for outdoor living. They hold up to the elements, but still look good. Look for sets that feature hand brushed finishes, rust–free frames and UV–protected fabric. Add comfort. Decorate your outdoor space to make it as comfortable as your indoor spaces. Look for colorful outdoor rugs and durable all–weather fabrics.

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Show off. Highlight your yard’s best features. If you have a beautiful garden or great views, arrange seating so you can enjoy the landscape.

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(NC)—3–D is all the hype in the entertainment industry today with more consumers demanding, or at least showing interest in, the technology. TV manufacturers and filmmakers have responded by introducing more 3–D TVs to the market, and now more than one hundred 3–D movies, which have been released in theatres and on DVD in the past couple of years.

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There is also the added cost of 3–D glasses. Most 3–D TVs require viewers to wear active 3–D glasses, which have a built–in power source and can cost

anywhere from $100 to $200 per pair. Passive 3–D technology is beginning to emerge, but is not standard on most sets. Passive 3–D glasses are quite a bit cheaper because they don’t require an internal power source. Viewing angle problems Viewing angle caveats may very well be the deciding factor for many consumers when determining whether or not to purchase a 3–D TV. If you’ve ever tried to watch TV from an angle, meaning, from a location anywhere other than directly in front of the set, you’ve probably noticed a loss in picture colour and clarity. It’s a common problem that plagues most LCD and LED TV watchers. 3–D TVs aren’t immune to the viewing angle dilemma. In fact, “industry experts argue 3–D technology actually increases the viewing angle problem,” says Jim Wohlford, vice president of Sanus, makers of TV mounts and accessories. “Early 3–D reviews indicate a ghosting effect around objects on the screen when viewed from an angle.” Luckily for consumers, viewing angle problems on LCD, LED and 3–D TVs can easily be solved by mounting the TV on a full–motion wall mount. Full–motion mounts allow you to move the TV in any direction, so the optimal viewing angle can always be achieved. And, don’t overlook the fact that mounted TVs just look impressive. A mounted TV adds valuable space to a room, and, by securing it to the wall, a mounted TV may even be a safer alternative than setting the display on top of furniture where it could easily tip. More information on TV mounting can be found online at


(MS) — Highlighting, or up lighting, is a landscaping technique in which light from below is used to accent certain focal points in a landscape. In many instances, the light is used to illuminate a particularly impressive or unique plant. When highlighting, two or more spot light fixtures are placed at the base of a landscape component and pointed upward. While highlighting is most commonly used to illuminate plants, it can be used to draw attention to other focal points of a landscape as well, including sculptures or other garden structures. Light fixtures are aimed away from observers as a means to preventing glare, and oftentimes the fixtures themselves are camouflaged to maintain the natural beauty of the landscape.

Choosing a contractor for your next home or commercial improvement is an important decision. Victoria Home Renovation & Construction makes that decision easier, by providing prompt and reliable estimates, design services and professionalism every step of the way. • We provide free In-home estimates • We offer free design services provided by our licensed Interior Decorator • You deal with one project leader who will monitor your renovation from estimate to completion. • We shop with you to select fixtures and materials

for your renovation • We offer two-year warranty on every job • Your personal satisfaction is guaranteed on every job • We supply customer references. Feel free to contact us for more information regarding our products and services. Phone: 613-698 8629 E-mail: Visit us at:

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fighters. They deal with specific mills that meet their rigid requirement for Western Red Cedar and other wood. This year marks a new era as Perkins welcomes the Home Building Centre name to their long established tradition of quality and service. This will offer their clients another range of products to help in all their building supply needs. As always, when you have questions, you can get expert advice from their friendly staff, so you can focus on your project.

Being community minded, Howard served on the local volunteer fire department

Howard’s traditions have continued since his death in 1982 with his son Lyle, and now grandson Mark keeping the business focused on providing the best products available for your building project; and yes they both serve as volunteer fire

Perkins Lumber in beautiful downtown North Gower. Ready for another 75 years of quality and service.

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Perkins Lumber in North Gower was started in 1936 by Howard Perkins. During the early years, they supplied wood for houses and barns being constructed in the area and soon became one of the main hardware and wood suppliers in the area. Eventually, they even made their own windows and doors right at the store in North Gower. Being community minded, Howard served on the local volunteer fire department and always helped out worthy causes.

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The lagging economy has many people questioning how they can cut costs. A big hit to the home budget comes in maintaining a lush landscape. It is a great irony that keeping up green spaces can take a heavy toll on wallets as well as the environment. Expenditures in the war on weeds are often high in time and money. Nobody wants weeds poking up their ugly heads up in the yard. Something has to be done! The battle often turns to an expensive and deadly assault with chemical weapons. The herbicides may knock out weeds, but they also punch the pocketbook and introduce damaging elements to the environment. There is a less expensive, more efficient, eco-friendly method for maintaining landscapes. Use landscape fabric. It is the secret to lowmaintenance, chemical-free shrub and flower beds. Breathable fabrics like new Commercial WeedBlock(R) Recycled block sunlight and prevent seed germination. If the weeds can’t germinate, they can’t grow. Then gardeners don’t have to squander time pulling


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Did You Know Question: Is it true that my eyes need sun block as much as my skin? How can I protect myself with my everyday eye wear?

It takes 27 bottles to make one roll, so using this fabric reduces waste by keeping plastic out of overflowing landfills.

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A landscape fabric like Commercial WeedBlock Recycled also helps conserve water. The thin layer of pervious fabric slows surface evaporation and safeguards soil moisture.

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Using landscape fabric is easy. Simply prepare the landscape bed, roll out fabric and spread over plants, cut an X shape in the fabric above plants, and pull the fabric down. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch over the fabric, and it will provide weed protection for years to come.

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Answer: Yes it is true. The UV rays that can burn your skin or cause skin cancer can also cause long-term damage to your eyes. This may lead to serious conditions like cataracts or macular degeneration. For everyday eye wear consider having transitions lenses which block 100% of UVA and UVB rays to help protect your eyes and preserve your sight. Transitions lenses quickly adapt between indoor and outdoor conditions, changing from clear to tinted, offering a distinct advantage over ordinary clear lenses, giving you comfort, convenience and protection from the harmful UV rays. If you don’t wear prescription glasses, see us for a pair of proper protecting sunglasses. 446146

Switching from chemical weed control to a landscape fabric made from recycled bottles may seem like a small change, but it makes a large impact in the long run. Your grandmother’s “Waste not. Want not” mentality just may be the best way to weather the latest economic downturn and protect the planet.


In the early 20th century, conservation and waste minimization were not social movements. They were necessities. Ten years into the 21st century, the wisdom and benefit of conservation is back in the forefront of American thought.


Commercial WeedBlock(R) Recycled landscape fabric made from recycled 2 liter bottles blocks weed growth for years in landscaped areas.

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hen Virginia was on her own, she lost touch with people. Aside from the holidays and occasional outings with her family, she spent a lot of time at home alone.

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Lifelease, Harmer House. Seniors bldg, Bells Corners. Quiet 2 bdrm/1.5 bath corner suite. S/W exposure, top floor, concrete bldg. New appliances, paint, carpet, windows. Eat-in kitchen, ensuite W/D, A/C, ample storage. Monthly fee. $154,900. Call Esther Roberts, Executive Director, 613726-8882, ext. 222.




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As a couple, you will both be responsible for leasing, administration, customer service, cleaning, minor repairs, and maintenance of the interior and exterior of a residential property in Ottawa. Related experience and good communication and computer abilities are a must. A competitive salary and benefits package including on-site accommodation await you!! Please send your resumes (one from each partner) to: fax (613) 788-2758

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New book a snapshot everyday life in Hintonburg’s past KRISTY WALLACE

More than 60 years ago, Hintonburg had its own swimming hole for neighbourhood children. Today’s Tunney’s Pasture bus stop was actually a pasture – complete with a green field and cows. A Mechanicsville resident used to show movies through projectors on the side of his house for the whole neighbourhood to enjoy. Hintonburg resident Conrad Charbonneau documented these stories and photos in his new book Mechanicsville and Hintonburg Backyard Memories. “I’ve been wanting to do this for years, and it took me over one year to finish,” said Charbonneau. He was born at the Grace Hospital in 1945 and lived on Parkdale Avenue in Mechanicsville until 1967. Charbonneau returned to the area in 1991 where he has lived ever since.

He said the book is about what life was like growing up in Mechanicsville and Hintonburg during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Using one-page stories, photographs and newspaper clippings, Charbonneau paints a picture of what the area was like to those who weren’t around during that time – and, to those who remember. “(I wanted) to share photos and stories with folks from the area who had forgotten the faces of friends they once knew, and all the wonderful memories,” Charbonneau explained. “(The book is about) what life was like during those years, growing up in Mechanicsville and how the poor families were. But we were like one big family helping each other when in need.” He got his material from archives, friends, families and relatives who grew up in the area. Out of the 22 stories in the book, he said people would be most surprised by the houses that are no longer there. Hintonburg resident Cheryl Parrott said the book offers a

glimpse of what life was like in the mid-20th century. For example, Parrott said she was surprised that a business in the area that sold big chunks of ice for ice boxes – which were used to keep food cold before the electrical refrigerator. Growing up in Saskatchewan, she said she only heard stories of what Hintonburg was like in the past by word-of-mouth. But she said this book gave those stories a face. “It lays it all out and gives you the pictures,” Parrott said. “It’s just great. It shows you what life was really like.” She said she was surprised to read about Mechanicsville man and his movie projector. The Hintonburg Community Association now does the same type of movie night every summer on the side of a Hintonburg business. “Sixty years later, here we are going back to the same thing,” Parrott said. “We’ve come full circle.” Charbonneau said he has sold more than 45 books recently to people interested in reading up

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Conrad Charbonneau recently published a book about what life was like in Mechanicsville/Hintonburg during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. on the history of the neighbourhood. “I’m very satisfied and happy that I did this project,” Charbonneau said. “And I must admit that I am very proud of myself.” While writing it throughout the last year, he said he learned a lot about himself in the process. “I learned that I really am a nostalgic and sentimental in-

dividual, and just loved going back in that wonderful time. And, putting smiles on people’s faces.” Charbonneau is currently putting together another book, when he’s not spending time performing with his jazz trio, C’est Si Bon. For more information on the book and how to purchase it, contact Charbonneau at .

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Notre Dame girls rugby team revel in wild western road trip BY DAN PLOUFFE What sport involves barn dancing, horseback riding and cowboy hats? Well, if you ask a select group of 19 students from Notre Dame High School, the answer isn’t rodeo, it’s rugby. A little bit of old-fashioned stampeding was just one part of an incredible experience for members of the Eagles girls’ rugby team when they traveled to Fort MacLeod, Alta. for a week earlier this month. “It takes a lot of planning, but it’s definitely worth it in the end,” says Eagles coach Keely Manion, whose players are now hosting 28 girls from F.P. Walshe High School for the return portion of the schools’ exchange. “It’s a great opportunity.” The trip was organized through the YMCA’s youth exchange program, which covered the costs of their travel. The Notre Dame girls stayed with host families in Alberta, and now they’re returning the favour when their guests are in town April 26-May 3. “Financially, with how the exchange works, it’s something anyone can do,” notes Manion, whose team sold chocolate bars and worked at the canteen to cover some additional expenses.

“The point of the exchange is to learn more about different cultures within Canada and they were definitely able to take that away from it.” One of those cultural lessons came as the students encountered a true sense of community in the town of 3,000 about 170 kilometres south of Calgary. One man volunteered his time to drive the team’s bus and play tour guide throughout their stay, and wherever they went, everyone knew about the exchange and took care of them. “They were so welcoming,” recounts Nancy Ninh, a Grade 11 player of two years who came to rugby from cheerleading. “Right when you met them, you felt like family.” Visiting a Hutterite colony – a community similar to the Amish who trace their roots to Austria – was another unforgettable cultural experience that stuck out for the Notre Dame girls. “They made all their profits themselves,” explains rookie Grade 11 player Leigh Lindhe, noting they’d butcher their own animals to eat, make their own clothes, and roll their hair. “It was like the ’50s, with newer cars.” Aside from providing a nice


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The Notre Dame Eagles haven’t had much of a chance to get outside on grass since they started practicing in February, but a recent exchange trip to Alberta offered the rugby girls some great pre-season practice. example to her athletes about what can be accomplished when working together, Manion also enjoyed watching the seamless interaction between her players and the Hutterite girls of the same age who showed them around the village. “The dialogue was non-stop for three hours,” Manion recalls. “They wanted to ask each other questions, and it was two ways. They both learned a lot from each other.”

There were also trips to museums, Waterton Lakes National Park and a “haunted theatre” – the oldest cinema west of Winnipeg, the Ottawans were told – where “Jungle” Jim Hunter, one of the Crazy Canuck skiers, was a guest speaker. And of course there was the western fun. Several Notre Dame “cowgirls” rode horses at a local ranch, they enjoyed a homemade buffet in a barn and then went upstairs to learn how

to line dance. And there was even some rugby mixed in. The Eagles tested themselves against their hosts – one of the top teams in Alberta – as well as three other schools of similar calibre from Calgary and Lethbridge, which is about 50 kilometres to the east of Fort MacLeod. “We don’t compare,” smiles Ninh, noting she and her teammates did pick up plenty of pointers during joint practices. “But it was a great experience and really good for learning.” The Eagles’ first league game was scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at Woodroffe. The team is expecting some better results this year since they dropped back down to the larger Tier 2 league after a rough 0-5 season in the city’s top division last campaign. “I think we should fare well considering the experience we had the past few weeks,” says Manion, who’s hoping the steep learning curve of the four-week spring season will be evened out a bit. “There’s a lot of rookies on the team, and now they’ve got experience that they otherwise wouldn’t have had. And it’s great that we did it before our season for team bonding as well.”



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