WEST EDITION: Serving Britannia, Carlingwood, Westboro, Island Park and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 28
May 5, 2011, 2011 | 24 Pages
GET WELL SOON The owner of a Hintonburg shop is rallying the community to help one of her employees hurt in last week’s wind storm.
WALK FOR A CURE Despite relying on a wheelchair, an Island Park woman still participates in the MS Walkathon each year with her friends and family.
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The summer camps at the Rideau Canoe Club are about healthy lifestyles and fostering a love for water sports.
Baird keeps Ottawa West-Nepean riding KRISTY WALLACE
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Getting “tough on crime,” building more housing for seniors and improving the economy remain on John Baird’s to-do list as he returns as Ottawa West-Nepean’s member of Parliament. “We didn’t seek this election. We didn’t want this election,” said Baird on election night to a crowd of about 200 supporters. “But we’re overwhelmed by the confidence people have placed in Stephen
Harper.” Baird gathered with his supporters – who broke out into cheers when it was announced the Conservatives had won a majority government – in celebration at the Villa Marconi Centre on Baseline Road. With the New Democratic Party as the official opposition for the first time ever in Canadian history, Baird said the Conservatives will work well with their new official opposition. “I always had a fantastic working relationship with the NDP,” Baird said. “I may
disagree with Jack Layton on a lot of policies, but he’s a hell of a good guy.” Baird still has a few changes he would like to make in Ottawa West-Nepean including getting tough on crime, getting more housing for seniors, protecting the greenbelt and improving the economy. In addition, Baird hopes to continue working with Canada’s Economic Action Plan and focus on jobs and infrastructure spending – like recent renovations done at Algonquin College. See FOCUS on page 6
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On a dark and damp Election Day, pedestrians walk in off the street to Global Pet Food in Hintonburg and offer a buck or two, sign a â€œget wellâ€? card â€“ or even just offer words of kindness. The selfless acts are all for the storeâ€™s 26-year-old employee, Lauren Gerro, who was hit by a tree in last weekâ€™s windstorm that broke both of her legs. â€œSheâ€™s doing OK, but weâ€™ve been told that she canâ€™t put any weight on her legs for the next six to eight weeks,â€? said the storeâ€™s owner Karla Briones. â€œWeâ€™re all in shock.â€? As soon as she heard about the accident, Briones â€“ who was in Toronto at the time â€“ hopped on the first bus back to Ottawa and knew she had to do something to help. Even though Gerro had only been an employee with her for a month, Briones said the whole staff is like family to her. And as a mother of a three-year-old, she said she feels for Gerroâ€™s family. â€œThis is somebodyâ€™s daughter, somebodyâ€™s girlfriend, somebodyâ€™s sister,â€? Briones said. â€œYour life changes when you become a mom. You become more aware of other peopleâ€™s sensitivities. Lauren is someone elseâ€™s daughter.â€? Briones added that the feedback from the Hintonburg community has been fan-
tastic â€“ from The Elmdale Tavern to random strangers dropping by to donate. â€œWe were joking that thereâ€™s more donations than sales,â€? she said. â€œBut I donâ€™t care â€“ itâ€™s awesome.â€? She added that the power of social media has played a huge part in soliciting donations for Gerro. Before she was on her way back to Ottawa to raise money for Gerro, Briones said people were already pitching in thanks to Twitter and Facebook. â€œPeople have been amazing,â€? she said. So far the store has managed to raise $2,000 in only four days. Briones has a personal goal to raise $5,000. She said the accident has brought out the best in the community, but has also made staff members realize how quickly your life can change. â€œEveryone says this puts things in perspective,â€? Briones said. â€œMy issues are nothing compared to what sheâ€™s going through.â€? On May 14, there will be a fundraiser for Gerro at the Elmdale from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit the Hintonburg Community Associationâ€™s website at: www.hintonburg.com/ or Global Pet Food storeâ€™s website at: www.globalpetfoodscapital.ca . â€œIn past, weâ€™ve raised money for dogs in need,â€? said Briones. â€œNow this is our opportunity to raise funds for a human being â€“ and, fellow dog lover.â€?
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Wellington West community design plan gets committee approval KRISTY WALLACE firstname.lastname@example.org
From Island Park Drive to Breezehill Avenue, the Wellington West community now has a plan to restrict building heights along its main street. The Wellington West Community Design Plan was approved by city’s planning committee at a meeting on April 26. The CDP is a document that will guide any future development happening in that community. Sites that aren’t subject to the six-storey rule include 345 Carleton Ave., 1451 Wellington St. and 369 Island Park Dr. On these sites, a developer can use section 37 of the Planning Act which allows them to add more storeys in exchange for a community benefit. Three members of the Hintonburg Community Association were also at the meeting to give their opinions of the plan, which they generally supported. “Our work and consultation with city staff is excellent,” said Paulette Dozois, vice-president of the association. “It’s been interesting and lively and the planner and committee have great flexibility.” However she said the association would like city staff to consult with them a bit more about section 37 and community benefit policies. “It needs to be clear,” Dozois said, adding that some of the wording in the document makes it a bit confusing. Pat O’Brien, president of the association, said he hopes green space is maintained in the CDP. “This plan recognizes the importance of protecting and enhancing the green space character,” he said. Randy Kemp of the Wellington West Business Improvement Area also voiced his support for the plan and also of fur-
ther extension of shared parking to the main street area. “By having (shared parking), we as an organization can provide services to our members,” Kemp said. Ted Fobert on behalf of Clardige Homes, and Lloyd Phillips and Carlos DaSilva from Tega Developments were in opposition to the plan. Fobert said he would be looking at the plan more carefully because there are inconsistencies. Phillips and DaSilva, who are developers of two properties at 233 Armstrong St. and 3 Hamilton Ave., argued they would need to build more than the eight storeys allowed for their sites since the sites sit on contaminated property. It would be economically feasible, they said, adding that if they had increased residents they could build underground parking which could eliminate most of the contaminated soil. “So you want to go higher so you can solve an environmental problem?” planning committee chair and Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume asked, which was met with some laughter. The planning committee decided to let staff handle that issue separately. In addition, committee asked staff to review amendments made by the Hintonburg Community Association, Metcalfe Realty who was also present, and Wellington West BIA’s shared parking request. The matter will be brought back to city council on May 25. DESIGNATION OF 7 HINTON AVE. At the meeting on April 26, planning committee also approved of 7 Hinton Ave. to be designated as a heritage building. The site is the former Capital Wire Cloth Company Factory.
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Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Katherine Hobbs listens to Hintonburg Community Association members give their opinions on the Wellington West Community Design Plan, which was approved by city council’s planning committee on April 26.
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Community members and the Police Services Board concluded education and community teamwork is vital when it comes to preventing youth crime in Ottawa. â€œWe have heard you loud and clear. We will be making it out priority to work as a team to prevent youth crime,â€? said Eli El-Chantiry, chairman of the Police Services Board, at an open dialogue with the community on the subject of preventing youth crime as part of their community outreach and engagement strategy. At the event, held at City Hall on April 26, El-Chantiry explained the board wanted to hear from the communities to help build policies that work and reflect the needs of the communities. Guest speaker Hawa Mohamed, from the Canadian Somali Mothers Association of Ottawa, told those gathered about how important education and the role of the community play in making a
child stay away from crime. â€œChildren have two places to rely on learning what is right and what is wrong â€“their parents and their school. And right now, there are no expectations in school for children to do better or work hard,â€? Mohamed said, adding she would like the gaps she feels exists in the school systems in low-income neighbourhoods to be addressed. â€œWhen there are no expectations, they canâ€™t achieve to do better.â€? Mohamed also felt organized crime appeals to youth because it offers them acceptance and money. â€œCrime gives them things and lets them feel apart of things.â€? She said she would like education to reflect the needs of the community in which the schools are based. â€œWhen they donâ€™t see anything good around where they live and there are no expectations in their schools, they can slip out of your hands,â€? Mohamed added. Amran Ali, another mother in the Canadian Somali Mothers Association of Ottawa spoke about how for their children, the school sys-
Eli El-Chantiry, Police Services Board chairman, pledged to help work with the community to address youth crime issues at a public meeting on the subject at City Hall April 26. tem seems to be failing them. â€œA community who is black, a community who is Somali, who is Muslim, who is poor â€“ the school system is failing us,â€? Ali said. She added there are kids in Grade 8 who can not read past a Grade 2 level and believes this is an issue that falls onto the shoulders of the school system. â€œMy core fundamental learning happened in the classroom and I want the police board to advocate for us.â€?
The evening also included two other guest speakers, Imam Zijad Delic who spoke about the importance of engaging youth and Staff Sgt. Steven Bell from the Youth Intervention and Diversion Section. Delic said he also felt education needed to play a key role in prevention. â€œBesides parents, it is very much important to get engaged with the schools.â€? However, Delic felt the only way to combat youth crime was to work as a team and make the changes as a community. â€œIf kids are ending up in jail, then we, as a community have missed an opportunity to do better for them.â€? Mohamed Sofa, a community health worker from PinecrestQueensway Community Health Centre, said to solve the problem of youth crime, dialogue is the most important piece to the puzzle. â€œI think there are issues happening on the ground in communities that are not being talked about,â€? said Sofa. â€œWe have got to reach out to the communities and work together and then we will see success which can be duplicated across the city.â€?
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Women new to Canada who are in abusive relationships or at risk of abuse are set to benefit from a public education campaign provided by an Ottawabased organization, the province announced last Friday. Immigrant Women Services Ottawa will receive $50,000 from the provincial government to provide culturally and linguistically sensitive training over the next 18 months to better reach immigrant and refugee populations in the Ottawa area. â€œThis funding is aimed at helping curb domestic violence among members of our community, especially Muslim communities,â€? said Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. The program is part of the provincial governmentâ€™s Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign that aims to raise awareness about women abuse to new Canadians in Ottawa. The campaign helps people recognize the signs of violence against women, and know what actions to take in response. The campaign is part of Ontarioâ€™s domestic violence action plan, which focuses on prevention and better community support for abused woman and their children. â€œThis campaign aims to empower people in our community to take action against domestic violence,â€? said Naqvi. â€œWe need to work together to end woman abuse.â€? In a statement Laurel Broten, Ontario minister responsible for womenâ€™s issues, said the campaign is an important part of her governmentâ€™s domestic violence action plan to prevent violence against women. â€œAll women have the right to feel and be safe in their homes, communities and workplaces,â€? her statement said. The Ontario government is investing more than $668,000 to expand the Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign into immigrant and refugee communities across Ontario. It is currently delivered in over 200 communities across the province. â€œThis project will create opportunities for us to train individuals to work with their community and develop partnerships to eliminate all forms of abuse against women,â€? Lucya Spencer, Executive Director Immigrant Women Services Ottawa said in a statement.
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Sandra Duff was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis almost 20 years ago, but being confined to a wheelchair doesn’t stop her from taking part in the MS Walkathon every year. “Gosh, I don’t know what got me involved in the first place,” said Duff of the beginning of her involvement in the walk. “There’s just a community of people in the city who have MS and hope there’s a cure one day.” Duff was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1992 shortly after she gave birth to her third daughter. When she started having double vision and a numbness in her feet, she went to the doctor to find out what was wrong. “It was a relief in a way to find out what it was. They were weird symptoms and I didn’t know what it could be,” she said, adding the diagnosis was quite a shock. “It really is a disease that affects the whole family.” Duff said her husband has been a great support to her over the years, and her children have
Sandra Duff, pictured second from right along with her Team Power at last year’s event, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1992. She’s now in a wheelchair, but makes sure to take part in the annual MS Walkathon. grown up with her having MS. Every year since 1996, the family has been part of her walking team called Team Power. “Our three girls walk with
us and so do their boyfriends,” Duff said. She remembers a time before she was diagnosed when she would walk and run everywhere
along the trails that surround Island Park Drive. When she first started the walk, Duff was able to complete it. Then, she started to use
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a cane and now her daughter pushes her in her wheelchair. But even though she can no longer complete the event on foot, Duff makes sure she still makes a difference in the lives of those who have MS. “It’s the single largest fundraiser for the local MS society,” she said. “Most of the money stays in the community and goes for outreach programs. There are people who don’t have insurance, aren’t working and don’t have a regular income. They rely on good will.” Every year since 1996 Duff said she has managed to raise anywhere between $600 and $700 – and, she even volunteers at the Ottawa chapter of the MS society once a week. This year is no different, and Duff hopes to raise about $600 again. The 2011 Ottawa MS Walk will take place May 15 starting and ending at the Jean Talon Building located at 170 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway. Check-in time is at 8 a.m. For more information on the walk visit the website at mssociety.ca/ottawa or call the Ottawa chapter at 613-728-1583.
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Jobs, economy will be Tories’ primary focus From BAIRD on page 1 “Our first priority is to get the budget passed, focus on jobs and the economy,” he said. Prior to Monday night’s event, however, the media were informed via an email that they weren’t allowed to speak to supporters at the event held on election night. “It has been that way in previous elections,” Baird’s director of communications, Chris McCluskey, told Ottawa This Week, adding that “media interviews are with John Baird tonight.” When asked about the future of transparency in his Ottawa West-Nepean riding, Baird said the media had put an “unusual focus” on restrictions placed on the media by the Conservative party and that Canadians are more concerned with things like health care and the economy than they are about such issues. Marlene Rivier, the riding’s NDP candidate whom Baird referred to as an “extraordinary woman,” was thrilled Monday night at the results. She admitted that a Conservative majority wasn’t what the party wanted to see, but that the NDP respects the voters and what they’ve chosen. “We’re just dancing here,” she said, referring to the NDP becoming the official opposition. “We’re absolutely delighted and Jack Layton will be a fantastic opposition leader. It’s very exciting.” Rivier added that she will continue to be president of the Ottawa West-Nepean NDP riding association. Supporters for Anita Vandenbeld, the Liberal candidate for Ottawa West-Nepean, gathered at the Ukrainian Hall on Byron Avenue and watched the results in disappointment. However one of her supporters and volunteers, Mary Turnbull, said she ran a great campaign. “This is the first time I’ve ever supported any party,” Turnbull
NDP candidate Marlene Rivier was thrilled with her party’s result despite losing her race to Baird.
Liberal Anita Vandenbeld, like many of her party’s candidates, didn’t fare well in the 2011 federal election. She finished about 7,000 votes behind Baird. said. Vandenbeld could not be reached for comment on election night. Baird was first elected as the riding’s member of Parliament in 2006, after which he served as environment minister. When he was re-elected in the 2008 election, he was named minister of transport, infrastructure and communities. He was named leader of the government in the House of Commons in August 2010, and took on additional duties in November, once again as minister of the environment.
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Anita Vandenbeld, Liberal Party
Marlene Rivier, New Democratic Party
Mark McKenzie, Green Party
Source: Elections Canada, 257 of 257 polls reporting.
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Ottawa Centre’s Green Party candidate Jen Hunter, left, celebrates the election in British Columbia of party leader Elizabeth May with Ottawa-Vanier Green candidate Caroline Rioux.
Ottawa’s Green candidates celebrate historic moment as May wins west coast riding NEVIL HUNT firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth May has been elected as the Green Party’s first Canadian MP. The party’s percentage of the national vote dropped somewhat – including here in Ottawa – but May hopes her election will blaze a trail for Greens in future elections. Ottawa-Vanier Green candidate Caroline Rioux called May “the beacon” other Greens will follow. Rioux and Ottawa Centre Green candidate Jen Hunter gathered at Maxwell’s Bistro on Elgin Street to watch the results roll in. Both said their vote softened as the NDP surged. “Absolutely,” Rioux said of the progressive vote transfer to the New Democrats. “It was a national wave.”
Rioux added that the timing of the election – just days or weeks after university students left the city en masse for the summer – also cooled the Green vote. She said Elections Canada originally planed six polling stations on the University of Ottawa campus, but ended up only needing one. Hunter said May’s win in Saanich-Gulf Islands in British Columbia is important for the party, but added that keeping the
Greens’ national vote above five per cent is critical as well. “We’ve been a growing party,” Hunter said. “I thought (May) would win. We were very strategic in investing to make that happen.” During the 2008 election in Ottawa Centre, Hunter came close to capturing 10 per cent of the votes. “If I don’t get 10 per cent, I’m going to be pissed,” she said.
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Dewar seizes day for NDP in Ottawa Centre EDDIE RWEMA email@example.com
After a day on which Canadian voters handed the Conservatives a new majority government, Ottawa Centre residents gave New Democratic Party incumbent Paul Dewar an easy third victory on Monday night. Dewar claimed a majority of votes cast and held a comfortable lead over his competitors with about 52 per cent of the riding’s votes. “I am just ecstatic this is my third election, but this win obviously is different from all the rest,” Dewar told a cheering crowd at the Sala San Marco banquet centre on Preston Street. “Today the people of Ottawa Centre have spoken and they have given their confidence to us to represent them.” Since first being elected to the House of Commons in 2006, Dewar’s priorities have been affordable housing, strengthening the public service, environment issues and supporting new Canadians The 48-year-old candidate was the clear front runner since the onset of this year’s campaign. Addressing close to 200 avid supporters on election night, Dewar said he was honoured to be representing the Ottawa Centre community again. “I am looking forward to getting to work and having some things done in this community and to return to parliament with a positive message and program because we need to get back to making parliament work and getting results for our country.” Former NDP leader and Ottawa Centre MP Ed Broadbent was on hand to introduce Dewar and hailed the both his successor’s victory and a historic evening for the party. “This is a great night for Ottawa Centre, great night for Jack Layton and the New Democratic Party and most of all it is a wonderful night for the people of Canada,” said Broadbent. Dewar paid tribute to Broadbent for having opened the doors for NDP in Ottawa Centre and called him his mentor. “He is someone I am deeply indebted to and I am very lucky to have him as a friend and advisor,” Dewar said, adding that Broadbent has shown how politics can be done in a respectful way. Dewar said he plans to use his new mandate to push for better public health care and for all Ca-
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Paul Dewar, the New Democratic Party incumbent in Ottawa Centre, will remain as the riding’s member of parliament. Dewar celebrated with his family Monday night at Sala San Marco on Preston Street. There was also more to celebrate for Dewar on election night when the New Democratic Party became the official opposition party for the first time in Canadian history. nadians to have access to family doctors. “We will work together to make sure no one is left without appropriate housing and that our children get the child care they need,” he said. As the official opposition party, the NDP will work towards doing politics differently by listening and solving problems not engaging in hard rhetoric and accusations. “Let us not demonize people, let’s find common cause for the issues that have been left unattended and propose solutions together,” Dewar urged. “Let’s work for people and not the other way rounding.” Liberal candidate Scott Bradley, Conservative candidate Damian Konstantinakos and Green candidate Jen Hunter all congratulated Dewar on his victory. Liberal Scott Bradley faced a difficult battle against incumbent Paul Dewar, and his party’s fortunes across the country did him no favours. “It’s disappointing how this campaign turned out,” Bradley told supporters gathered at the Heart and Crown pub on Preston Street. As he spoke, Bradley became
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Paul Dewar, New Democratic Party
Damian Konstantinakos, Conservative Party
Scott Bradley, Liberal Party
Jen Hunter, Green Party
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Romeo Bellai, Independent
Source: Elections Canada, 269 of 269 polls reporting.
more emotional, eventually pausing as trears welled in his eyes. He told the volunteers that he lost a close friend in the past year and it still weighs on him. “It was about chasing your dream,” he said of the campaign. “I really wanted to win it for him.” Despite the Liberal Party’s
worst ever result, Bradley said there are positive signs right in Ottawa Centre. “If the Liberal party looks like this room – young people, old people and all the diversity – that’s a good thing,” he said. “We did everything possible we could to win this riding and I’m 100 per cent content with that tonight.”
Speaking with Ottawa This Week following his concession speech, Bradley said the Liberal party had a difficult time nationally. “We’re paying for it,” he said. “We failed to connect with Canadians.” He said the Liberals will need to rebuild because Canadians need a centrist party as an option. “Many Canadians didn’t want to see a Harper majority,” he said, “and we split the vote (with the NDP) in a number of ridings across the country.” Meanwhile, Konstantinakos said he had a lot of respect for Dewar and thanked him for running a respectful campaign. “I congratulated him on running such a great campaign and I am looking forward to meeting him again in four years,” said Konstantinakos. Though he lost in Ottawa Centre, Konstantinakos was proud of the gains made by his party nationally. “The campaign has been fantastic nationally, this country has made a clear decision for a stable and clear strong leadership,” he said. With files from Nevil Hunt
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Tories must allow for compromise
tephen Harper’s appeal to the voters to deliver him a majority government did not fall on deaf ears. The Conservatives picked up 167 seats, an increase of 24 seats. The Tory tide once again swept across Ottawa, with only David McGuinty and Mauril Belanger holding on to Liberal seats in Ottawa South and Ottawa-Vanier. In Ottawa Centre, Paul Dewar secured his seat for the NDP. The anticipated surge of NDP support did not hurt the Tories, except in a few ridings in Quebec, where most of the seats picked up by the party were taken from the Liberals. During the campaign, the prime minister warned Canadians that a minority Tory government couldn’t hold on to power and would fall prey to a coalition of the Liberals, NDP or potentially the Bloc Quebecois. Harper’s predictions were alarming with warnings of hits to the financial markets, deficit spending and possibly reopening the Constitution for another divisive debate that nobody wanted. Canadians obviously listened, and Harper no
longer faces the spectre of having to compromise or work to achieve consensus with the opposition. But is that necessarily a good thing? Yes, a majority government will give the Tories the tools to pass legislation that could have been delayed by a united opposition. And as Tory MP Gordon O’Connor pointed out, a majority will allow the Conservatives to stand down from continuous election preparation, and focus on governing. But when they were a minority government, the Tories were forced to listen to the ideas of other parties and to compromise. The politics of consensus forces a leader to sift through the ideas of competing parties and incorporate the best parts within his or her own policies. We hope winning a majority won’t go Harper’s head. The Tories often use the word “arrogance” to explain the federal Liberals fall in fortune, they might want to avoid a similar accusation over the next four years. Be a good prime minister, Harper. Listen to other ideas, use the best ones. Remember, in a democracy we elect a prime minister, we don’t anoint a king.
A winter game for all seasons
any factors go into making Canada the unique country it is, as recent political events have shown. On a non-political level, we have Tim Hortons and the Group of Seven and a large group of comedians located in the United States. We have football with three downs. We have three coasts and at least two seasons. We have many languages and very few species of deadly snakes. We have movie theatres that don’t show Canadian movies. Oh, wait, other countries have those too. One of the other non-political things that has been commented upon lately is the fact that our hockey season, the season for a winter game played on ice, now lasts into June. In fact, one estimate puts the last possible Stanley Cup final game as late as June 18. This has consequences that go far beyond sport. Coupled with daylight saving time, it means that many Canadians will be indoors in the air-conditioning watching television while the sun is still shining and they could be outside playing games and getting fit. It also means that a goodly percentage of Canadians, those who avidly follow playoff games played on the west coasts
CHARLES GORDON Funny Town of Canada and the U.S., show up for work tired and grouchy, or not show up at all. Productivity, a major concern of newspaper columnists, declines. Furthermore, children of permissive parents who avidly follow games played on the west coast will be difficult in class unless, mercifully, they fall asleep. This may explain why our children are constantly outperformed by children who come from countries where there is no hockey. These are some of the important social and economic consequences of our obsession with hockey and the hockey owners’ obsession with dragging out the season as long as possible in order to make more money. As we see from the world news, in most other countries, spring is a time for getting the crops in, playing baseball and
staging insurrections. Not here. Which just goes to show that there is more to the Canadian identity than an unelected Senate and the notwithstanding clause. If the hockey nuttiness ended here, you could put it down to a mild case of national eccentricity – people staying up too late, watching TV when they could be strolling in the spring evening air when it’s not raining. But, unfortunately, there is more to it. For at the same time as the rest of the world is having revolutions, spring planting and baseball games, those Canadians who venture outdoors, are playing hockey. But they’re not playing hockey with ice and a puck. They’re playing hockey with pavement and a ball. Ball hockey interest peaks in the spring because all those boys and girls and their parents want to try out the moves they see on television, except for the hitting from behind and elbows to the head. So out they go onto the street, between televised games, just as the professional hockey season is winding down and many hockey players, in fact, are out on the golf course. This typically Canadian scene causes cars to be inconvenienced and the more fussy neighbours to be upset, leading in turn to another uniquely
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’m writing this column before the ballots have been counted. Despite the wildly inconsistent polling numbers in the final week of the campaign, I’m going to presume the further decline of the already-deflated Liberal Party of Canada. The Liberal Party, after all, has failed to be relevant to voters in the wake of successive majorities under Jean Chretien. And as three leaders in five years proves, this is not merely a leadership issue, but a party-wide issue. After years of infighting, which turned party loyalists against each other and their own party, Paul Martin finally took the helm, only to lose the party’s majority in the 2004 general election, and then losing the government in 2006. The party had an opportunity at that time to shake off its sense of entitlement. It failed. The surprise election of Stephane Dion to the leadership further demonstrated how out of touch the party faithful are with the Canadian public, especially in vote-rich Quebec. Dion is an intellectual, capable politician. He is also uncharismatic, an emotional ideologue and one who was and remains widely disliked in la Belle Province. He was, after all, the author of the Clarity Act. The final nail in his leadership coffin came in the 2008 election when he failed to sell his green shift policy and reduced the Liberals to just 26 per cent of the popular vote. In the most recent campaign, many Canadian commentators have blamed Conservative attack ads for Michael Ignatieff ’s uphill battle to gain popularity. Certainly, it was a challenge to overcome. And the leader did well in his cross-country town halls over the past five weeks, and last summer, winning over pockets of voters with his apparent openness and
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his obvious intellect. But those in the party who thought Ignatieff had a chance to turn things around forgot two important things: First, there are still card-carrying Liberals who have refused to accept the legitimacy of Ignatieff ’s leadership. His leadership has never been contested within the party. And although his position was ratified by 97 per cent of delegates at the party’s 2009 convention, it’s thought many voted for the acclamation, but held their noses in the absence of alternatives. Second, Ignatieff has the most appalling attendance record for votes in the House of Commons. Only a handful of Toronto-area Liberals come close to matching his abhorrent attendance record. This left him wide open to criticism from NDP leader Jack Layton in the English leaders debate that if Ignatieff wanted to be prime minister, he had to learn to be a parliamentarian first. It also undermined Ignatieff ’s own criticism of Harper for disrespecting Parliament. Nothing says disrespect like truancy. And while the numbers, alone, don’t tell the entire truth – party leaders, cabinet ministers and critics do have important work outside of the Commons – Ignatieff ’s record demonstrated extreme truancy. And for Canadian voters, it was enough to turn away from the “Big Red Tent.” And on that note, the “Big Red Tent” is, I would wager, the biggest failure of this and past campaigns. The Liberals need to go back and read marketing 101 materials. The first thing any organization must do is differentiate itself from the competition. The sprawling big red tent is anything but niche and Canadian voters looking for a place to park their votes were conscious of this fact. The party did nothing to call on its own unique and rich history as the creators and protectors of bilingualism, multiculturalism, multilateral trade, and public healthcare, and they failed to offer a vision of the future based on their past success. Instead, they offered carrots to as many voters as they could, costed for just a few years to try and get people into the big tent. And as I write this on May 2, I think the Canadian voters will best determine the success of Liberal marketing methods.
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An iPhone app that connects visitors to the Wellington West Business Improvement Area has been awarded for its outstanding marketing and communications for customers and business owners. “Across the board, we got the highest marks because it captures all the things that we need to do: keep people updated on businesses and allow businesses to have more information out there,” said Annie Hillis, executive director of the Wellington West BIA. “And it’s really fast if you want to change information, it’s beautifully presented and is easy to read.” Wellington West was awarded the 2011 Marketing and Communications Award at an Ontario-wide BIA conference held recently in London, Ont. The app, which is called mo.b.i.a., can
be downloaded for free from iTunes and allows customers and visitors to Wellington West explore the different businesses. It also helps them get a sense of the character of the neighbourhood, directs users to the BIA in addition to its boundaries, and provides information on parking and public transit. Customers are also able to access an up-to-date list of the different businesses that includes information, store hours, contact information and website through the app. “What’s nice is you can find out about different areas, but also understand you’re supporting that local economy and local culture,” said Susan Gardiner Bourlier who does product design development for Attibo. Attibo is the Ottawa-based company that developed the app in partnership
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with the West Wellington BIA. The application was initially created for Apps4Ottawa, the city’s open data competition. Hillis said it was exciting to receive the award – especially since the BIA is only about three years old. “Honestly, we’ve been focused on reconstruction and there’s no awards in that one – unless there’s a perseverance award,” she laughed. “But it’s great to be recognized by our peers. And I’m excited by how to propel the app a bit forward, and to have businesses jointly entering a communal thing like this.” Hillis added that as the app is embraced by the younger generation, it will help encourage the older generations to use it too. “This is a very walkable neighbourhood and you have that app as you’re walking along as an exploratory tool. It’s very suited to here,” she said. “As more people know about it the more the older people will feel more comfortable with it too.” Gardiner Boulier said even though the app is only available on iPhones right now, Attibo has plans to expand it to the BlackBerrys and Android smartphones. She added that the app will only keep evolving as technology evolves too, and that she is open to suggestions from the community for how to improve it. “We don’t see this as a final product
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At left, Wellington West Business Improvement Area (BIA) Executive Director Annie Hillis, shows off an award given to the BIA recently for its new iPhone app. At right, Susan Gardiner Bourlier of Attibo helped develop it. – like a community will never be a final product,” she said. Gardiner Boulier said the app will always have the same purpose in supporting the community and its objectives. “We want to stay on top of it,” she said. “It’s not just about using technology – but also making sure it’s being used for a good purpose.”
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Wally Parsons remembers when his father left went off to serve in the Second World War. The Ottawa man, now 73, was sent to his grandparents farm where he lived while his father was overseas. “The cows and chickens and horses and pigs – for a little boy during the war, it was huge,” said Parsons. “It’s very simple. It’s a thrill to see the animals.” Other aspects of farm life including the open fields and the gardening are fond memories And more than 60 years later, Parsons has a wealth of stories to share and it’s because of those memories that he wanted to give back to less fortunate youth who might not have an opportunity to visit a farm. About five years ago, Parsons created an event called Baskets with Panache – a charity that helps less fortunate youth go to the Canada Agriculture Museum for free. Approaching its fifth year this June, Parsons, the chairman of the event’s planning committee, said he has already raised enough money to allow 10,000 less fortunate youth visit the museum. “I’m very proud. It’s been my dream to do this,” he said. “And I managed to get other people caught up in the dream.” Parsons said contributors to the live silent auctions, participants who donate and the event hosts all contribute to the evening fundraiser, which takes place in the sheep barn at the museum. “People decorate it, and you’d never
guess it’s a farm,” he said. “It’s a wonderful evening.” The evening, which also includes wine, entertainment and music, is fun a night for all participants, Parsons said. He added that the event raised $43,000 last year – and this year’s goal is to raise $45,000. The money pays for transportation for students in Ottawa and surrounding area, and pays their admission. Parsons said the experience of going to the agriculture museum also gives children education they might not get in schools. “It gives them a chance to really learn more about agriculture, better eating and a better diet,” he said. “And it really lets them see that food comes from a farm – not the third aisle at the grocery store.” In addition, Parsons said students also have a chance to learn about the history of certain machines around the farm, like tractors. At the end of the day, he said Baskets with Panache is for a good cause and is worth all the work it takes putting the event together. “I can be a bit of a nag, but it’s all for a good cause,” Parsons laughed. “I consider myself very fortunate. You’re creating today the memories of tomorrow.” Baskets with Panache will take place at the Canada Agriculture Museum on June 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Parsons said tickets are still available and people can still donate to the silent auction. For more information visit the website at www.agriculture.technomuses.ca .
Ottawa Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying several males in regards to a stabbing in the early morning hours on April 2, 2011. The stabbing resulted in serious injuries to both victims. The incident occurred at about 12:40 a.m. as two men, both 19 years old, were walking on Booth Street. As they
neared the intersection at Wellington Street, they were approached by several unknown males. A verbal altercation escalated and both victims were stabbed several times. Anyone with information is asked to contact central district investigations at 613-236-1222 extension 5166 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.
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David Darwin and the Carlington Community Association want to make sure the community has a say in any redevelopment of a stretch of Merivale Road from between Caldwell and Carling Avenue. That’s why association president Darwin and other members created an online survey for neighbours asking them what they would like to see in the future for the area’s main street. “The bottom line is that Carlington is a community ripe for re-development,” said Darwin. “By building a vibrant, attractive and pedestrian-friendly main street, Carlington can grow and prosper.” He said members of the community association felt the area has great potential. And, they wanted a community-led initiative to gather ideas. “Since we don’t have a Business Improvement Area (BIA) in Carlington, we took it upon ourselves to see what we could do,” Darwin said. He added that the survey has a few main goals. First, he and the community association would like to hear from the community about the pros and cons of the current businesses that occupy the strip, such as convenience stores. It also lets residents indicate what kind of businesses they would like to see in the future along Carlington’s main street. “Some say they want to see more specialty stores, or a coffee shop,” Darwin said. “Some are also saying that there’s nothing in the community that’s a focal
point on the street and it’s just a smattering of businesses. They’re looking for some type of shopping experience.” Darwin said another goal of the survey would be for residents to give ideas of what sort of identity they would like to shape for the Carlington community. Hintonburg for example has a strong arts community, he said. “We’ve been inspired by that.” One interesting idea that came up at a recently Carlington Community Association meeting was to have the area known for buying locally and with an emphasis on a farm life theme. Since the community is close to the Central Experimental Farm, he said it seems like a natural fit. “It would be nice if we could focus on local foods, farm products and farmers’ markets,” Darwin said. He said the community association members will promote what they find on the survey once the final results are collected on May 31. “If it shows some strong tendencies, we’ll be making the broader public and businesses aware of particular things we’d like to do,” said Darwin, adding they will want to approach the city with the ideas they’ve collected. He hopes to have about 100 responses collected, and noted that it’s about halfway there. “About 100 would give us a good sense of what’s desired within the community,” Darwin said. Carlington residents can take part in the survey by visiting the community association website at www.carlingtoncommunity.org/ and clicking on the “news” index.
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