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October 6, 2011 | 24 Pages

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LOOKING TO LEAD Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar has announced he will be running to succeed Jack Layton as the New Democratic Party leader.

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AGE AT ISSUE A city-hosted summit on seniors’ issues sought to establish a conversation about the problems facing Ottawa’s aging population.

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Photo by Kristy Wallace

HINTONBURG AUTHOR GETS BOOK AWARD NOD Hintonburg-area resident Tim Cook, who is also an historian for the Canada War Museum and curator of the First World War exhibit, is up for an Ottawa Book Award for his historical book The Madman and the Butcher. To read the full story, turn to page 10.

Emotions run high over Westboro tower plans KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

ELECTION NIGHT Log onto yourottawaregion.com tonight for live election coverage in your riding to find out who will represent you at Queen’s Park. Ottawa This Week will be posting regular updates throughout the evening on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Emotions ran high in a crammed room at the Churchill Seniors’ Recreation Centre on Sept. 27, where members of the public gathered to hear about a proposal that could see two new condo towers built in Westboro. The meeting to discuss the towers, one of 14 storeys, the other 16 storeys – had area residents fuming. The room got so hot at

one point that Yasir Naqvi, provincial Liberal candidate for Ottawa Centre, passed out bottles of water to residents. “You’re not going to sell this to us,” shouted one resident as Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Katherine Hobbs asked the developer, Uniform Urban Developments, to begin the presentation. Despite similar comments being made, Hobbs, who acted as the mediator for the evening, allowed the developer George Georga-

ras to begin his presentation to make sure the community knew all the details before the question and answer session. Georgaras, the developer’s general manager, introduced the idea of the towers, which could be built at the current 335 Roosevelt Ave., a site located north of Richmond Road along the Transitway. Planning consultant Kathleen Willis was also given the floor to give details of the development. See DEVELOPER on page 5

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Fiery Faces fundraiser benefits Boys and Girls Club KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

Lee Veary is inviting people out to get creative, carve some pumpkins and have a good time while at the same time helping to support the Boys and Girls Club. “I didn’t expect this much attention this quickly,” said Veary, referring to the amount of people who are offering to help him at the fundraiser taking place at the Boys and Girls Club’s Britannia location. Veary’s sister, Cheryl, started the fundraising idea in Sarnia in 2007 when she decided to light a bunch of pumpkins around her house. Getting friends and family to sponsor her and pay a certain amount per pumpkin that she could light up, she would take that money and give it to a charity. Veary liked the idea so much that he brought it to Ottawa last year and raised $311 for the Make a Wish Foundation. Veary, along with his wife Julia, three children Layla, Holly and Kieryn, as well as his friend Stacey Kirkpatrick, have been organizing this year’s fundraiser since mid-August and hope

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A wide variety of carved pumpkins featured in last year’s Fiery Faces fundraiser for Make a Wish Foundation, ranging from traditional to more creative and contemporary designs. to raise a significantly larger amount than last year. “I want to raise as much as possible - $2,000 if we can,” he said. Veary chose to host the event at the Britannia Boys and Girls

Club and give back to it because he wants to make a difference in a child’s life. Last year, he said he gave to a charity that helped children near the end of their lives, but giving to the Boys and Girls

Club this year was helping children who had their whole life ahead of them. “I have three kids of my own,” Veary said. “I want to do anything I can to make a kid feel welcome, or self-confident

or give them a better outlook.” Patrick Ciavaglia, spokesman for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, said the event will generate funds in support of programs, but will also celebrate the community and could attract new volunteers. “The funds raised will be used to support the club in its mission to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life,” Ciavaglia said. Veary said families are welcome to stop by the club house from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31 to check out the pumpkins, carve some, and give donations. The event will have a Family Fun Day on Oct. 29 when visitors can see Little Ray’s Reptiles from noon to 5 p.m., and enjoy face painting. The club house is located at 2825 Dumaurier Ave. “Our main focus now is just promoting it and getting people to come out,” Veary said. For more information on the Fiery Faces fundraiser, visit the website at www.fieryfaces. com .


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Dewar tosses hat in NDP leadership ring MATTHEW JAY matthew.jay@metroland.com

Vowing to build recent successes by continuing to advocate the same social democratic principles long held by the New Democratic Party, Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar added his name to the list of those vying for the vacant leadership position. “For me, this leadership campaign is our chance to build on our social democratic principles,” Dewar told a raucous crowd of several hundred supporters gathered at the Lord Elgin Hotel in downtown Ottawa on Sunday, Oct. 2. “It is our opportunity to work together with Canadians on the challenges we face together: to build a brighter economic future for working people and their families, to make Canada a leader and not a laggard when it comes to combating climate change.” Confirming rumours that had been circulating in the capital for some time, Dewar added his name to the list of candidates to replace the late Jack Layton as both leader of the party and the Opposition in the House of Commons. He joins former party president Brian Topp and MPs Romeo Saganash and Nathan Cullen on the March 2012 ballot at the NDP convention in Toronto. Dewar was brimming with confidence as he addressed those gathered, many of

whom had worked with the MP during recent campaigns and his time in office. He told them despite the record number of seats won in the May election, much work is left to be done. “So, if we strive to be government, to earn the confidence of Canadians, now is not the time for New Democrats to lean back,” he said. “Now is the time to move forward with energy and determination to build a better Canada riding by riding in every corner of this country.” The son of former Ottawa mayor Marion Dewar, the 48-year-old third-term MP was joined by his wife, Julia Sneyd, and sons Nathaniel and Jordan, who alongside caucus members were among those he consulted before making the decision to join the race. He said in the days before the announcement he’d been reflecting on not only his efforts at the grassroots level of the party and his role as foreign affairs critic, but also on his “love for people and my drive to bring them together, and to bring out the best in all of us.” “I got involved in politics to make a difference in my community and my country,” Dewar said. “I took the road from aid worker in Central America to constituency worker in central Ottawa to public school teacher to union vice president. These are my roots: helping people to build a better life for themselves and their

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Paul Dewar, New Democratic MP for Ottawa Centre, addresses a crowd of supporters at the Lord Elgin Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 2. With sons Jordan, left, and Nathaniel at his side, Dewar announced he would be running for party leader in March 2012. children.” Following the announcement, Dewar told the crowd was headed out to canvass alongside the Ontario NDP candidate for Ottawa Centre, Anil Naidoo, who was in attendance at the announcement. “For me and thousands like you, working hard and growing our party are the bedrock for electoral success,” he said.

“And, by the way, today that means after I’m finished here, we go out and help elect Anil Naidoo.” Absent from the rally, however, was former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, whom Dewar succeeded in Ottawa Centre and had referred to in the past as a mentor. Broadbent had previously come out in support of Topp’s leadership bid.

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Workshop lets students delve into War of 1812 KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

When Frank Ryan Senior Elementary School was approached by the United States Embassy to take part in a day that highlighted the War of 1812, Grade 7 teacher Sarah Hopewell couldn’t turn it down. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to experience something happened on Canadian soil,” Hopewell said. “It’s real, and not from a textbook.” Students from the west-end school, along with children from Fisher Park Public School, Blossom Park Public School and Dr. Wilbert Keon School from Chapeau, Que., had a chance to be the first to see parts of a new PBS documentary about the War of 1812. They were also able to see artifacts from the time period at the museum, learn about the war from military re-enactors and visit the War of 1812 section of the museum. The U.S. Embassy, which led the initiative, collaborated with the War Museum on the proj-

ect, which comes just before the 200th anniversary of the conflict. Susan Crystal, an official from the embassy, said the offer was made to schools on a first-come, first-serve basis to students in Grades 7 and 8, who are in the midst of learning about the war in their history classes. Crystal said she hopes students leave with a message of the special relationship between the United States and Canada. “Out of this war came two countries that are the best of friends, with a shared history in many respects,” Crystal said. “It also serves as a beacon of hope to other places in the world that also have war or endured problems with border issues. We were able to overcome this and become the biggest trading partnership in the world, a kind of family and colleagues across two great nations.” Hopewell said she hoped the day sparked some curiosity in her students, and hope it inspired them to ask more questions about that period in Canada’s history.

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Students from Frank Ryan Catholic Senior Elementary School learned how soldiers from the War of 1812 loaded their muskets at the Canada War Museum on Sept. 28. The students will be learning more about the War of 1812 near the end of the school year as part of the curriculum, and Hopewell said this day was a great introduction to what her students will learn. “There are so many different aspects that we need to dive

into,” Hopewell said. “Canada is something to celebrate, and the U.S. is a part of us.” As part of the War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations coming up next summer, Crystal said the U.S. Embassy is looking forward to collaborating with their Canadian partners.

“It’s hard to believe 200 years ago we were at war,” she said. “Maybe people don’t appreciate it that much, but we burned each others capitals and yet today, we’re in each other’s capitals all the time. There’s so much that goes on between our two countries.”

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Traffic main concern for Tweedsmuir development KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

The second floor of the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre was a bit calmer about a week after a heated meeting took place in the same room that dealt with two potential high-rise condominiums that could be built in Westboro. This time around, FoTenn Consultants were presenting their idea for a four-storey condominium they are looking to build at 405 Tweedsmuir Ave. About a dozen residents sat in the meeting to hear about the potential 16-unit development, which the presenters said generally fit in with the current zoning of allowing a low-rise, four-storey building to be constructed.

“We would be stepping back on the fourth floor that would make it look like three storeys,” said architect Gerry Conway. He added that the units would range from 67.5 square metres to 90 square metres, and there would be 12 parking spots. “We’re within 600 metres of transit, and not everybody has a car,” Conway said. “I’ve done projects where we tried to get rid of cars and have VRTUCAR (the car sharing service) on site.” Lorne Cutler, president of the Hampton Iona Community Group, asked about how less parking spaces on the development site would impact current traffic and parking around the site. “I’m just hoping there’s not an impact on the street,” Cutler said.

Conway said the parking impact would be comparable to a house that has multiple cars, while FoTenn’s senior planner Brian Casagrande said times are changing. “Half of the people in my office don’t have cars,” he said. “Times are changing slowly.” However, Casagrande encouraged anyone with concerns to make comments to the city’s planning staff. “We’ll be filing the site plan after we get comments, and if we feel we have the design moving in the right direction, we’ll submit a minor variance application,” said Casagrande. “If there are no concerns with the minor variance, and if we’re free from appeal, we’re looking at spring/summer (2012) construction.”

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Members of the community came out on Oct. 3 to hear about a fourstorey development potentially going up at 405 Tweedsmuir Ave.

LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Using salt on roads and hard surfaces leads to sodium and chloride runoff, which can impact our local water supply, according to the Smart About Salt Council. That’s especially an issue in rural areas, a city report notes, because of the close proximity of salt application to drinking water wells. Salt is also corrosive, so it slowly eats away at infrastructure, whether city-owned

or on private property. It also costs a lot to lay large amounts of salt onto roads and parking lots. Last year, the city spent $8 million on road salt. The city has already been tackling that problem with some high-tech resources: GPS data collection, electronic variable salt-rate controllers and infrared pavement temperature gauges. New measures will include working with the Smart About Salt Council, hosting a “smart salt summit” this fall to share best practices between

the public and private sectors, starting new staff training programs for salting city parking lots, phasing in smart-salt certifications for city contractors. Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches had the idea to include the Smart About Salt program as part of an initiative the city was already undertaking. He said it is a “unique opportunity” to co-operate with the private sector and building owners to reduce unnecessary salt use.

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Not looking to boost floor area: developer From TOWER on page 1 “Currently, the building cap (on the site) is 19 metres. What we’re proposing is to make it 53 metres,” said Willis, which was met with laughter from the community. Willis went on to say that the area is zoned for a 19,800 square metre development, and that building higher would be of more benefit to the community because the narrow towers would cast less shadow than lower, bulkier buildings. Those presenting added this would make the towers look nicer visually. “It’s very important to point out that there is no attempt to increase the floor area,” said Willis. “We’re meeting all the requirements.” Barry Hobin, the development’s architect, spoke after Willis and said the development had already been discussed with

the community in a couple open houses last year. Residents disagreed with the development’s transparency. “We have to speak up if what’s being said doesn’t reflect the truth. We need to set a relationship of trust,” one resident said. “People are pretty riled here, and so in interests of being constructive, please allow us to correct you when you make sweeping statements that don’t reflect reality.” When Hobbs was asked how she felt about the project, she was met with a series of boos. “From my perspective, I’m waiting to collect all the information,” she said. “There’s a lot of material to go through, and it’s important to look at all the issues.” However, Hobbs did agree with residents on the amount of traffic the 194 additional units would bring to the area. After

the meeting, she said the building would cast a shadow on houses in the Westboro Beach area, north of the development. But Hobbs added that she thinks the skinnier buildings would have a smaller footprint and create more green space. Residents voiced concerns over how the developments would “dominate the skyline,” create light pollution, create traffic that could be dangerous to their children and shadow their homes. “I would like it to be recorded that I’m opposed to the height,” said resident Gay Stinson. “We need to see if there’s a viable alternative (to doubling the height), and a plan that respects the current zoning bylaws.” Residents will have a chance to speak at Planning Committee when the file comes up for consideration sometime in the winter.

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Seniors’ issues in focus as city plots policy course LAURA MUELLER

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Before he blows out the candles on his 65th birthday cake this weekend, Kanata resident Tom Flood wanted to learn more about the situation for seniors in the City of Ottawa. “I just wanted to see what’s ahead of me,” said Flood, who was among more than 200 participants who packed several rooms at city hall for the Mayor’s Seniors Summit on Oct. 3. The city wants to know how it can best align its services to be ready for a wave of aging population. The number of seniors in Ottawa is set to double in the next 20 years. By 2031, there will be more seniors than youth under age 15 for the first time ever, and the 65-plus crowd will make up 22 per cent of the city’s population. The city is trying to figure out how it will grapple with that demographic shift, and people at the Oct. 3 forum had many ideas. They ranged from broad concepts such as creating more partnerships with social service agencies to provide recreational opportunities, to small and specific ideas like making the “walk” light on a pedestrian signal a longer duration. The important thing is to get the creative juices flowing, said Bay Coun. Mark Taylor, who heads up the city’s community and protective services committee. “This is more of a collaboration than a consultation,” he said. The event kicked off two

• Friday, Oct. 14, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Carp Memorial Hall, 3739 Carp Rd., Carp

SESSIONS IN FRENCH • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Dr., Greely • Friday, Nov. 4, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Orléans Library Branch, 1705 Orléans Blvd. • Monday, Nov. 7, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunnyside Library Branch, 1049 Bank St.

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Peter van Boeschoten (front), chair of the city’s seniors advisory committee, joined (from right) Colin Brooker and Ted Smale at the Mayor’s Senior Summit at city hall on Oct. 3. months of consultations on the city’s older adult plan that will address everything from publichealth services to transportation. Getting around was the theme of the day during the seniors summit. While the city organized group discussions centered around eight different topics, the conversation often drifted back to transportation and transit issues. “In the sessions I went to, even though they didn’t deal with transportation, it came up,” said Peter van Boeschoten, the chairman of the city’s seniors advisory committee. “Seniors are homebound and they need to get out and participate and not get stuck.” Sweeping changes to the OC

Transpo route map that took place on Sept. 4 were the target of criticism for many seniors. John Husman urged the city to “undo the nonsense” that resulted from the recent bus changes. In a group discussion about transportation, Centretown resident Monica Cullum delivered an impassioned plea for the city to look at its road, bus, light rail, cycling and pedestrian networks as a whole. “The whole package of transportation for the future needs to be addressed very critically,” she said. But it wasn’t all criticism. Donna Bussiere-Finnigan, an Alta Vista resident who works in social services, applauded the city’s recent achievement of making its bus fleet 100 per cent

Police hope cell-block changes will foster trust LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

Ottawa’s police services board chairman said he hopes showing off new technology that has been added to the central cell block will increase the public’s trust in the police force. “It’s a measure (that) I’m hoping (when) we put it in place, at the end of the day, to regain that trust,” said West CarletonMarch Coun. Eli El-Chantiry, who heads up the board that oversees the Ottawa Police Service. The main change is the addition of high-definition video, in place of the grainy stop-action shots the old cameras showed. The board has been receiving monthly reports from the police service on cell block upgrades between December of last year

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and June, but El-Chantiry said he wasn’t satisfied with the level of media exposure the upgrades were getting. “I chose to show the presentation so people can see the quality,” El-Chantiry said. “I think it’s a great measure we took and I think now we are probably the best in the province, if not the country in the way we handle prisoners.” Some of the cell block cameras were almost 18 years old when the upgrades took place, long past their due date, the police said. The cameras now feature high-definition video, and there are 11 more of them. In addition, there is a rubber strip along the wall that sergeants can press to activate audio recording when officers experience distress with a prisoner. Special constables, who help

process prisoners arriving at the Elgin Street cell block, are now receiving more training, including on how to take better notes, on the obligations and restrictions involved with strip searches and how to recognize the signs of suicidal prisoners. According to the presentation, OPS began the process of making the changes before a judge’s decision in the Stacey Bonds case and before the release of a video of her allegedly being roughed up by officers in the cell block. Ottawa police have also added a new level of supervision at the central cell block late last year: Staff Sgt. Neil Preston. His team includes six sergeants and 18 special constables who among them can speak English, French, Spanish, Polish, Italian and Arabic.

• Saturday, Nov. 26, 1 to 3:30 p.m. City of Ottawa Central Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Nepean

• Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Orléans Library Branch, 1705 Orléans Blvd. • Monday, Nov. 14, 1 to 3:30 p.m. City of Ottawa Central Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr. Beginning Oct. 4, people will be able to complete an online survey at ottawa.ca/seniors. The survey will also be available at the city’s client service centres and can be completed over the phone by calling 613-234-4666, ext. 224.

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accessible. “Just being able to take the bus with someone who has a wheelchair – it’s great,” she said. Husman was encouraged by the city’s emphasis on building pedestrian and cycling bridges, since more and more seniors are choosing to live downtown and get around on foot. Others highlighted the need to review how Para Transpo service is operated to serve people with mobility difficulties, especially as more and more seniors will have trouble getting around in the future. Looking at the balance between regular transit service, Para service and other options such as the Para Transpo taxi voucher program are things the city will need to look at, Taylor said.

“It’s finding the right balance,” he said. The availability of recreational programs and social services was discussed in another group, where Billings Bridge resident Angelo Toffolo said that most programs are geared towards women and children. “The mentality with community centers is that they only focus on families,” he said. Others suggested more coordination is needed between non-profit agencies and the city when it comes to overlapping recreational programs or filling in the gaps where none exist. City council will vote on the completed plan next year, and funding pressures that come from the plan would be addressed in the budget in future years.

Call city services now available in more than 170 languages LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

The City of Ottawa just launched a service that allows people to speak to staff in their first language, whether it is Mandarin, Arabic, Somali or a number of other languages. When residents call certain city-hall phone numbers, they will have the option to be placed in a three-way call with an independent translator and the city staff member they are trying to reach. The service provides access to translators who can speak more than 170 languages as they facilitate the call. Translation is available for city services such as the 311 city information line, information

lines for OC Transpo and public health, the tax and water customer service line and the social services intake line, as well as the offices of the mayor and city councillors. The service is provided by a company called Language Line and is expected to cost the city $12,000 a year at a rate of $2 per minute. In Ottawa, the most commonly spoken languages after English and French are Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Somali, Vietnamese, Spanish and Amharic. The city will be working with local agencies that serve immigrants, community and health centres and various worship centres to get the word out about the service.


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Taxi fares won’t be going up in Ottawa this year. City hall regulates the taxi industry and staff had originally suggested imposing a 2.5 per cent increase effective Oct. 1, but the taxi industry didn’t like that idea. Citing the effects of meager economic times, the taxi union asked city council to nix the increase. The most recent fare hike was in the summer of 2010, when rates went up eight per cent to reflect the new harmonized sales tax in Ontario. The taxi meter rate has gone up 42.5 per cent since 2003, although there were no increases in three of those years. Ottawa’s taxi rates compare favourably to Toronto and Mississauga, which both cost more than $21 to go 10 kilometres. Ottawa’s cabs charge $21.78. The highest rate for that distance listed in a city report is Vancouver at $22.13, while the cheapest 10-kilometre trip is in Winnipeg at $17.90.

Hobbs to hit dance floor for Easter Seals KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

Over the last few weeks, Katherine Hobbs has been practicing the fox trot and rumba in preparation for her big dancing debut as a guest “star” in the Easter Seals’ Dancing with the Stars fundraising event. “I’ve never danced, and I’ve never done anything like this before,” said the Kitchissippi Ward councillor, who has also been coping with a foot injury she sustained a couple weeks ago. “But when I got the invitation on Twitter, I said ‘yes’ immediately.” Easter Seals is hoping to raise about $40,000 at the Oct. 28 event, which will raise funds for disabled children in the Ottawa area. Hobbs said she’s taken part in fundraisers like Ride the Rideau and Biking for Bubbies, but always wanted to get involved in fundraisers that benefit children. However, she knew she was up for a challenge when she saw the television show Dancing with the Stars late one night. “I thought ‘Oh my goodness,

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Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Katherine Hobbs has been practicing for her dancing debut in the Easter Seals’ Dancing with the Stars fundraiser. this is really hard,’ ” she said, adding that her dance instructor Daniel Labelle from Fred Astaire Dance Studios has helped her with her dancing skills. Each “star” gets 10 dance lessons, and Hobbs said they will also get free dancing shoes from

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a Montreal company. She has to wear two different costumes as well she said, but will steer clear of the traditional rumba costume that shows a bit more skin. Hobbs said she’s also learned throughout the training how difficult dancing is.

“It’s quite physically taxing,” she said. “There are critical elements in dancing. You have to remember your arms, shoulders, hand position ... it’s that coordination that’s a challenge.” However, Hobbs said she’s also surprised at how enjoyable the experience has been. “I’m really thrilled. It’s a great idea for this charity and it’s fun, cheap entertainment,” said Hobbs. “It’s different than a 100 kilometre (bike) ride. It has elements of fun, but I also don’t want to be the laughingstock.” Rebecca Holtzman of the Easter Seals added that it was hard to find local celebrities who would agree to take part. “Some people weren’t so comfortable, but others responded right away,” Holtzman said. She added that Easter Seals hopes to make the event annual, but it will be based on how successful the fundraiser is. “It’s a great to bring the community together and raise funds for local kids,” she said. “It’s a really fun and unique event.” For more information on the Dancing with the Stars event, check out the Easter Seals website at www.easterseals.org .

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Recognizing our young leaders

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cross Ontario, and right here in Ottawa, young individuals are working hard to make a difference in their own communities and around the world. The Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA), through Ottawa This Week – West Edition, is currently accepting nominations for the 2011 Ontario Junior Citizens of the Year Awards. Founded in 1950, the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) is a non-profit industry association representing over 300 community newspapers, including this one. Coordinated by the OCNA since 1981, the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards Program has recognized the best of Ontario’s youth with the help of sponsorship from TD Canada and Direct Energy and support from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Do you know a young person who stands out from the rest? Nominate a special individual who goes above and beyond what is expected of someone their age, someone who invests their spare time in community service, someone who

looks past their own needs and inspires those around them. ‘Good kids’ can be found everywhere. They are our sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, students, team players and employees. Nominating these young leaders for a Junior Citizen award is a chance for them to stand in the spotlight, to be recognized for their dedication and selflessness. The Junior Citizen awards program is open to youths between the ages of six and 17. Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Up to 12 nominees will be selected as the final recipients for the 2011 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award and they will be recognized at a special ceremony in Spring 2011. Nomination forms and further information is available online at www.ocna.org/junior_citizen, or by calling the OCNA office at 905-639-8720, ext. 239. Remember, today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. There’s one in every crowd and we think they deserve some recognition and encouragement to continue making a difference.

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ne of those new roadside places along the 401 has a Starbucks in it. Across the room, facing it, is a Tim Hortons. Intrigued by this highway culture clash, I checked out the lineups at both and headed for the Starbucks. The lineup wasn’t long but ahead of me a European tourist was elaborately ordering for a large group. As he began asking detailed questions about the pastries, I wandered over to Tim’s, where the lineup was amazingly short and in no time at all I heard the words “Can I help who’s next?” A couple of hours on the 401 can do strange things to your mind, which may be why I began mulling over what she had just said. Not only mulling, but mulling grammatically. “Can I help who’s next?” Is that a sentence? Possibly, with the words “who’s next” functioning as an objective clause. It just sounds clunky, because of the words “can I help who.” But it would be wrong to say “Can I help whom is next?” because “whom” can’t be the subject of the objective clause. See what the 401 does to you? Now a language purist – and you read their letters to the editor all the time,

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town complaining about pronunciation on the CBC – would say that the proper form would be “May I help the person who is next?” But that’s clearly worse. It sounds like something that would be said upstairs on Upstairs, Downstairs. And simply to say “Next?” seems a bit abrupt. So when you come right down to it, “Can I help who’s next?” does the job pretty well. It’s polite, it’s informal and everybody understands it, which is maybe the most important function of language. It’s interesting to ponder where the expression came from – or at least it’s interesting if you are driving on the 401 with nothing to do except stay in your lane. Twenty years ago nobody said “Can

I help who’s next?” Now everybody says it, except in airport lineups where nobody is ever next because the line never moves. Only a conspiracy theorist would think that this came about by decree. It is highly improbable that there is a manual given out to all employees of Tim Hortons and every other place where people stand in line ordering employees to say “Can I help who’s next?” More likely somebody somewhere said “Can I help who’s next?” Maybe they said it by mistake. Someone else heard, and said to himself “Hey, that will work in my coffee shop!” And he was so relieved that he no longer had to say: “Whoever is next in line it’s your turn,” or something like that. And then somebody else heard that and within a matter of months, probably, we arrived at the place we are now, where we all stand in line waiting to be Who’s Next. A similar thing happened even more recently with “Have a nice day.” For a long time, you heard it everywhere, to the point that the phrase became meaningless, but lately there has been a shift. Now people say “Have a nice rest of your day,” which is at least more precise.

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It suggests that the speaker has no idea how the first part of your day went, but is wishing you well for the remainder of it. These are but two of many examples of how adaptable our language is, and while the language snobs complain about people using “like” instead of “as” and “that” instead of “which” – not to mention dropping the last comma in a series – the net effect of change is to make the language easier to understand, if not more elegant. Not everybody likes that, but this is a free society and there is nothing to stop people from speaking as elegantly as they want, just so long as it doesn’t confuse anyone standing in line.

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• RULE #1 – PAY DOWN YOUR DEBT Pay off the debt subject to the highest interest rates first. If you have debt on credit cards, well, this is just bad financial sense. Store credit cards charge up to 30 per cent in annual interest; Visa and MasterCard charge up to 19 per cent. If you can get yourself a bank loan and consolidate these debts, please do it now. And cut up your cards. And never use them again. Car loans are also positively prime evil, in my opinion, and should rarely, if ever, be used. At our place we only pay cash for cars and we never buy brand new. Why? Because a car is a liability. It’s going to cost you money. You should never borrow money to pay for a liability. (The same rule applies, unfortunately, to those knee-high fashion boots you were planning to “invest in” for winter.) • RULE #2 – SAVE FOR EMERGENCIES An emergency fund is absolutely essential in today’s economy. Ideally, you would have enough to cover a minimum three months’ worth of expenses. If this seems like a pipe dream, start by having 10 per cent of your paycheque automatically debited from your account each month to “get you into the savings habit,” and drop it into a high-interest e-savings account. You’re not going to earn much on it, but it doesn’t matter. This account has to be liquid, which

• RULE #4 – SAVE FOR THE FUTURE I know what you’re thinking: What about my RRSPs and my RESPs and all the other RSPs that are being touted all the time? Well, saving is a great idea, and if you can get into the habit, who am I to deter you? That said, be prepared to lose some money over the next 10 years, depending on how aggressively you’re investing. Rock bottom interest rates equal good for mortgage repayment; bad for earnings. If you have kids and you’re not in desperate need of a tax shelter, RESPs are going to give you the single biggest return on your investment. The government contributes an additional 20 per cent to the fund per year, up to $2,500 per child. There’s hardly a savings fund anywhere that’s going to give you those kinds of returns. Depending on your age and your need for a tax shelter, RRSPs can be a good idea. But if you have the luxury of time, you may be better off paying down your mortgage while the rates are low. Once you’re mortgage-free, start funnelling your monthly mortgage payments into an RRSP. If reading this column gives you a bad feeling in your gut, let me try and clear things up: Pay down your debt; get into the savings habit; start investing for the future. It’s that simple. And if you really want to hang onto your piggy bank, it’s a great mechanism to save for a rainy day.

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• RULE #3 – PAY DOWN YOUR MORTGAGE If you are lucky enough to own a house right now, now’s the time to take advantage of historically low interest rates. If you’re otherwise debt-free and have some money in savings (see rules 1 and 2, above), making a single extra payment each year can save you thousands over the lifetime of your mortgage. Banks also offer the “anniversary payment” option, which allows you to pay up to 10 per cent on the principal of your mortgage each year.

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Three authors from Ottawa’s west end have been recognized for their creativity and story-telling talent as part of the 2011

Ottawa Book Awards. The awards, which recognize the top English and French books published by local authors in the categories of fiction and non-fiction, will be handed out to recipients at an awards ceremony held Oct. 27. Three of the finalists include Hintonburg-area resident Tim Cook, and Wellington West’s Sandra Ridley and Elisabeth Harvor. TIM COOK Cook is a history professor at Carleton University who also works as a historian at the Canada War Museum. He was curator of the First World War exhibit at the museum, and specializes in military history. Cook is a finalist in the English non-fiction category for his book The Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars of Sam Hughes and General Arthur Currie. “Sam Hughes was minister of militia and defence, and he was an incredible figure,” Cook said. “He had this insane ego, was deeply bigoted, hated the French and Catholics, but he was a force, and when he spoke in the House of Commons, people listened to him.” For his book, Cook researched countless letters and documents detailing Hughes and Gen. Arthur Currie. He looks into who’s to blame for the 60,000 Canadians who died during the First World War, a staggering number since Cook

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Wellington West writer and poet Sandra Ridley is a finalist in the English fiction category for her book Fallout. Her book is a series of poems where Ridley focuses on the coming of the nuclear age and growing up with it in the prairies. “I wanted to know more about the fallout of radiation resulting from atomic weapons tests in the United States,” Ridley said. “Cancer rates had skyrocketed as a result of the fallout, affecting those living and working downwind, and I thought that particular part of history needed cultural attention.” It was important for her to balance her poems with lightness and hope since the subject matter is dark, she said. Ridley was at her cottage when she found out she was a finalist for the book awards. “I didn’t expect it to be on the list at all,” she said. “The news was a

very welcome surprise.” Ridley’s advice to budding authors who might also want to win awards is to read work that you love, and work that “irks” you. Among many bits of advice, Ridley said practice is key. “Make writing a practice, so that you’re present and ready to recognize the rare moment when the right words come,” she said. ELISABETH HARVOR Elisabeth Harvor, also from Wellington West, is a finalist in the English fiction category for her book An Open Door in the Landscape, also a collection of poetry. But she said don’t let the serene cover fool you. Inside are poems that contain deep topics including sex, paranoia, fear and love affairs gone wrong. “There’s material in it that isn’t conveyed by the cover,” said Harvor. “Although it’s a beautiful cover and I do like it.” Harvor’s been up for awards in the past, including the Governor General’s Award. She said the key to being a successful, award-winning writer is to write because you’re compelled to – and don’t go in it wanting to be famous. “When you’re writing, you should have an authentic relationship with your material,” Harvor said. She also attributed her success to her rigorous revision process. “If I put it away and read it again two or three months later, I can see where I didn’t push myself hard enough,” Harvor said. “That’s one of the reasons I like revision. You can visit something again and again and see new facets of it.” The winners of the 2011 Book Awards will be announced at a ceremony held on Oct. 27 at Library and Archives Canada. Finalists received $1,000 and each winner will receive a $7,500 prize.


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Much like the building that houses the Enriched Bread Artists was back in July, the collective studio’s latest exhibit was shaken, but not stirred. The same storm that brought down the main stage at the Ottawa Bluesfest also tore part of the roof off the Enriched Bread studios, located at 951 Gladstone Ave. Featuring 38 works created by 20 artists, the Oct. 1-2 exhibit collected together photos and photography-inspired pieces that reflected both the turbulence of nature and rawness of emotion. Among the works was a piece by Joyce Westrop, one of the Enriched Bread artists featured in the exhibition who also serves as the collective’s spokeswoman. It used a triple-exposed photograph to show live and dead peonies as well as clouds, calling on themes of nature and the lapse of time in a single frame. The “Shaken, but not stirred” exhibition took place as part of the nationwide Culture Days, a series of events aimed at raising the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement with the arts and culture across Canada. For Enriched Bread, it was a chance to include a number of artists from outside the studio, such as Sharon VanStarkenburg from the nearby Stables Art Studios, who contributed a number of painted works, and Gavin McClintock,



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Ottawa artist says ‘obsession’ keeps her painting KRISTY WALLACE kristy.wallace@metroland.com

Vanessa Coplan works on her art surrounded by dozens and dozens of unfinished paintings on the third floor of the building at 951 Gladstone Ave. The brown tile floors are dusty, and sprinkled with blotches of multi-coloured paint. The room, which was the top floor of a bread factory in the 1920s, has now become a sort of art factory. It’s a space where artists create their work before showing it to the world. “I’m not one of those stories of artistic geniuses,” Coplan said. “Let’s be straight – artists aren’t in it to make a living and if you are, you’re on the street. The truth of the matter is, you’re doing it because you can’t not do it. There ain’t much that’s going to stop you.” Coplan is one of the artists whose work is being displayed at the Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery’s exhibit, I Killed the Group of Seven. As part of the exhibit, Coplan said her latest work is being featured – including a pair of two by four wood pieces that resemble canoe paddles and spears that welcome visitors into the doorway of the gallery. This boat paddle-spear theme is also reflected in two drawings she has featured at the exhibit. For Coplan, the subjects she paints become an obsession, and there’s a psy-

chological component that she can’t describe. “I get interested either in certain materials, certain forms, ideas, or concrete images like animals or boats. They grab a hold of me, for some reason or another,” she said. “I get obsessed and start working them out in drawings.” Coplan comes from a family of artists, and said she learned to appreciate it first. After receiving an undergraduate degree in anthropology from McGill University, she started sketching in her early 20s. “I was into things that young 21-yearolds are into,” she said. “I was looking for meaning. So I tried my hand at sketching, and I was hooked.” As she attended art schools across the country – including the Toronto School of Art and the Emily Carr School of Art and Design in British Columbia – she focused on subjects like girlhood, memory, nostalgia and even her dreams. Coplan finished her four-year diploma at the Ontario College of Art and design, moved to Ottawa and pursued a master’s degree in art history. She currently teaches painting as she juggles her life as a wife and mother, which can have its challenges. “There are periods I go through with being a mom, and I don’t paint or draw for a while. And I go nuts in my head,” Coplan said. “(I see creating art as) a little bit like breathing and brushing your teeth.” Coplan is particularly proud of her lat-

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Old Ottawa South resident Vanessa Coplan spends her time creating art in shared artist studio space at 951 Gladstone Ave. People can also see her work at the Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in Hintonburg this month as part of the exhibit I Killed the Group of Seven. est achievement – selling one of her works to a New York art collector. “For a New York person to do that, that’s pretty alright,” she said. “That’s not to say that we’re so behind places like New York, but Ottawa ain’t New York.” While she’s happy about her recent success, Coplan said she’s also had to deal

with tough blows of some critics rejecting her work. “It’s just part of the process,” she said. “Welcome to being an artist. You have to build up resilience and develop a thicker skin. There’s no choice.” For more information on Coplan, visit her website at www.vcoplan.ca/ .

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A boulevard in Central Park is getting beautified – the right way. It takes a bit more wrangling with city hall, but the Central Park gardening group is doing the right thing by asking city council for its permission to landscape a boulevard situated on Celebration Street before it goes ahead with

planting, according to River Coun. Maria McRae. Other community groups who have had similar goals of beautifying their communities are sometimes shocked when city maintenance crews raze the shrubs that have been planted without city permission, McRae said.

The Corporation of the Town of Smiths Falls is a progressive separated municipality with the population of approximately 8,800 within the County of Lanark in eastern Ontario. Located at the Heart of the Rideau Canal the Province of Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, Sensational Smiths Falls is just a short distance from Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, Ontario as well as the United States, Canada border. The Town provides a mix of urban and recreational lifestyles offering a high quality of life for its residents. We have the following exciting opportunity for a dedicated, customer service, and results oriented person.

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Waiting breathlessly in their seats aboard a plane set to whisk them off to a magic kingdom in a land far away, more than 100 children giggled and cheered as the pilot asked them to begin the countdown for take off. Thirty, 29, and then the engines roared to life, moments later lifting the plane into the air. The children cheered and hollered for joy. Their magical day had just begun. It was 4 a.m. when parents came to the airport to drop off their child for a 20hour trip with the Dreams Take Flight team to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 28. More than 90 volunteers, all wearing the same light blue t-shirt, were there with huge smiles on their faces to greet their team members and get them ready to board the donated Air Canada plane. All the children were given a red hat, white shirt and black pair of pants. Red Crocs went on every child’s feet. “I wish I had this type of opportunity when I was young,” Sally Debassige said. Her daughter was one of the children chosen for the trip. Some parents were nervous about leaving their children with almost complete strangers for the day, like Mike Alexander, who bid farewell to his son, six-yearold Connor. “He has never been away from us for that long,” Alexander said. Like the rest of the children, Connor was full of mixed emotions that erupted the minute they saw the Disney World castle from the ferry. The first ride for most of the teams was Splash Mountain. Although it’s a ride that sends riders down a 15-metre drop into a pool of water, no child seemed to be afraid – adrenaline and excitement overcame any fears the children may have had. With almost eight hours of free time in the park, teams bounced from one ride to the next, sometimes even going on the same ride, like Space Mountain which shoots riders through the inside of a mountain in complete darkness, time and

time again. “That was so awesome,” eight-year-old Lindsay MacMillan said. Lindsay seemed especially fearless; she took the front car on most rides and was determined to drive at the Tomorrowland Speedway – even when her feet could barely touch the pedal. Dreams Take Flight raised enough money for the 2011 trip to take underprivileged children and handicapped children on the one-day adventure to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The children are selected on a case-bycase basis, keeping one very important factor in mind – they have not been to a Disney theme park before. The entire group received their clothing from sponsors Mark’s Work Warehouse and Crocs. The trip’s itinerary is simple - hours of fun in the park and money to purchase a memento at the end of the day. And when it came to purchasing their memento, some children were quick, grabbing a Mickey Mouse stuffed character – others ran from toy to toy trying to decide. And unlike the trip to Florida, the plane was completely silent on the way home. Children leaned on one another as they fell fast asleep, some clutching the toy they had just bought. Once the plane touched down in Ottawa, children clapped and cheered. Rounds of thanks were given to the flight crew, pilot and the many volunteers. Parents waited in anticipation to see their children. Each child received a Bentley donated backpack filled with more gifts to mark their trip. Alexander was overjoyed to see his son and hugged him tightly. Daphne Johnson said it was hard to work all day, knowing her son was thousands of miles away – but could not be more proud of her son and the organizers for making this happen for her family. “It is such an awesome opportunity they had and this is something they will remember forever and stay with them for a long time,” Johnson said. “I am happy that he has had this experience.”

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Ottawa on track despite stadium delays: FIFA official EDDIE RWEMA eddie.rwema@metroland.com

Despite ongoing legal challenges to the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, a visiting delegation from soccer’s world governing body remains confident Ottawa will be able to play host to a pair of high-profile international women’s events in 2014 and 2015. A delegation from the Federation International Football Association (FIFA) and the Canadian Soccer Association toured the city on Sept. 28 to evaluate Ottawa’s readiness to host the FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup in 2014 and the Women’s World Cup in 2015. Though the delegation didn’t get a chance to visit Lansdowne Park, which will host the event, city officials and engineers gave a presentation on the plans to renovate Frank Clair Stadium as well as providing details of the construction schedule. Presentations on accommodation and the transport system were also made before they visited the soccer pitches at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa that will be used for training during the tournaments. “We have seen magnificent development plans on the new stadium, some training sites and we have met wonderful, very dedicated and enthusiastic people which I think is the key to organizing a successful event,” said Tatjana Haenn, a FIFA representative. Ottawa Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches said he was confident Lansdowne Park would be

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Tatjana Haenni, right, FIFA’s head of women’s competitions, chats with Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches during a tour of the city by the world soccer body as part of Ottawa’s 2015 Women’s World Cup bid. ready by December 2013. “The city of Ottawa is very excited about the opportunity to host the World Cup in 2015 and I am pleased you had the opportunity today to see what a great city we live in,” said Desroches. Ottawa is among seven Ca-

nadian cities vying to become one of six host cities for the two competitions. If Ottawa is chosen to stage matches for the two tournaments, more than 20,000 soccer fans are expected to visit the nation’s capital from around the world. Haenn said Canada will face

a tough task to reach the new standard set at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany this past summer. “The bar has been set high,” she said. Peter Montopoli, the CSA general secretary said the delegation had been impressed with

Friends of Lansdowne appeal to be heard before new year LAURA MUELLER laura.mueller@metroland.com

The Friends of Lansdowne want the court of appeal to ask itself the “right question” and overturn a decision that threw out their case against the city and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group redeveloping Lansdowne Park. The Friends announced they would appeal Justice Charles Hackland’s July 28 decision at the end of August, and the papers were filed in the court on Sept. 27. The appeal, which is a 30-page factum, is accompanied by more than 7,000 pages of evidence. “The centre point of our appeal is that the judge went about considering the issues before him the wrong way,” said Steven Shrybman, the Friends’ lawyer.

The discrepancy is a bit confusing. Shrybman said Hackland considered the issues as complaints about city policy, whereas the Friends are trying to argue that Hackland should have looked at the case a complaint about the lawfulness of the city’s conduct. The other issue is the standard by which Hackland judged the case. The judge should have looked at whether city council’s decision was correct, not just whether it was reasonable, Shrybman said. “The judge isn’t there to judge whether the city acted reasonably ... A ‘reasonable’ standard test would allow an incorrect decision to stand, if it was a reasonable decision,” he said. At the end of the day, Shrybman said Hackland simply yielded too much of the decision-mak-

ing power to city council while considering the Friends’ case. The case involved a question of law, which is the judge’s domain to rule on – not city council’s, Shrybman said. “The judge got it wrong because he asked himself the wrong question,” Shrybman said. “If he had asked himself the right question, he would have concluded that these were unlawful bonuses and that the city violated the requirement to maintain a procurement bylaw.” Last week, the court of appeal told the city it would speed up the Friends’ appeal. The case will be heard before the end of the year, likely in November or December (a date has not been set). The decision would be released after that. Shrybman said he estimates the appeal hearing will take

two and a half days, but the city thinks it will be less than that. Meanwhile, the Lansdowne Park Conservancy, a non-profit headed by Glebe resident John Martin, has until Jan. 31, 2012 to file final documentation from its own legal case against the city. The Conservancy has long begged the city to look at its alternate proposal to redevelop Lansdowne. Martin’s case is a judicial review that is expected to be heard by a panel of three judges at the divisional court level. Martin will be representing himself at the case, which could be heard in Ottawa in April, unless it is moved to an earlier date in Toronto or bumped up to the superior court level, Martin said. Martin is “very confidant” that his case is strong, and he said he has already informed the

what was presented to them by the city of Ottawa. “We are very comfortable. They delivered an excellent presentation today,” Montopoli said. “Knowing that it will be completed on time in December 2013, we are very comfortable with where it is currently.” Despite legal challenges to the Lansdowne Park redevelopment, the city maintains that a new stadium will be ready by the end of 2013. Montopoli brushed aside questions about the legal challenges, only saying “it is not really for us to comment on.” Haenn said she too was confident of Ottawa’s plans to reconstruct the stadium. “It is my understanding that it is going to be a brand new stadium, we were able to see some maps of how the stadium is going to look like and based on those maps, it is absolutely fine,” said Haenn After their cross-country tour, which includes visits to Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver, the CSA and FIFA will review their findings and announce the host cities early next year. “We hope that in the first six months of 2012 we will be able to announce the official host cities and then in the final six months of the same year with the official host cities, work through the actual competition schedules for both tournaments,” said Montopoli. The 2015 Women’s World Cup will be the first to feature teams from 24 countries, an increase from the 16 that featured at this year’s finals in Germany.

city that he will seek legal costs if he wins. However, keeping in mind that money from the city comes from taxpayers’ pockets, Martin said he would only ask for one dollar as more of a symbolic gesture. Even with these two legal challenges, the city expects to be done major stadium work in time to fulfill its contracts with sports teams. “Currently we are not anticipating any additional delays to the schedule as a result of the application for judicial review submitted by the Lansdowne Conservancy,” wrote city spokesperson Michael Fitzpatrick in an email. “Under the current project schedule the project team is confident that the change in schedule will not impact the ability to fully operate the 2014 CFL (Canadian Football League) or NASL (North American Soccer League) seasons,” Fitzpatrick wrote.


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Comeback secures third-place finish for Capital City FC DAN PLOUFFE Capital City FC’s final game of a spectacular debut regular season mirrored the rest of the franchise’s inaugural campaign in the Canadian Soccer League. With no chance of moving up or down in the standings, not many would have predicted a second-half comeback from a 20 deficit against Brampton this past weekend, similar to what was expected of the club overall in its first season. But with leading scorer Sullivan Silva taking the pitch to deposit the tying and winning goals, Capital City extended its unbeaten streak to eight games and put the wraps on a 15-4-7 regular season. “The guys have worked really hard and they definitely deserve to be where they’re at,” says Capital City head coach Shaun Harris, acknowledging the team surpassed everyone’s expectations. “I think we had some trials and tribulations this year, some things haven’t

gone our way, but for a firstyear team, not a single player’s been a professional, they’re all on their first professional contract, I think it’s been terrific.” With an average of 800 fans coming out to watch games at Terry Fox Athletic Facility, owner Neil Malholtra was also pleasantly surprised at how quickly the club developed into a successful operation from all angles. “On-field has been a huge success,” Malholtra says, crediting Harris for the work he did to assemble a quality squad in a short timeframe. “Off the field’s been good too. Crowds have been growing. We rarely hear bad things. People keep wanting to come back after they come the first time and they bringing more and more people with them each time. Everything’s been pretty good.” The team’s first goal this season was to make the playoffs by placing in the top eight of the 14-team league. Once that was achieved, the goal changed to

securing home-field advantage for the post-season, which the third-place club managed relatively easily with a six-point edge over the Serbian White Eagles in fourth spot. With a run where they allowed just one goal in seven matches prior to the regular season finale, Capital City finished the year with the league’ second-best defensive record – just one goal behind Toronto Croatia – and a red-hot streak to carry them into the post-season. Silva was the offensive star for the Ottawa soccer boys, registering his 11th and 12th goals of the year to preserve the club’s unbeaten record. With a post-season home-andhome total aggregate series against the Montreal Impact Academy that will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Terry Fox, Silva believes there’s only one reasonable goal left for the firstyear club to shoot for. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to win this league,” Silva smiles. “I’m really excited.”

Photo by Dan Plouffe

Capital City FC leapt its way up the Canadian Soccer League standings with an eight-game unbeaten streak to close its first regular season in third place.

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

• OCTOBER 7 The Glebe High School Reunion – Class of 1981 (give or take a few years) takes place at 7 p.m. at Tucsons on Bank Street at Hunt Club. For more information please find us on Facebook at Glebe Reunion, or email us for information at: glebe1981@hotmail.com . We hope to see you there!

• OCTOBER 8-10 At this time of year, many Canadian farms are harvesting the food crops

that will sustain us throughout the year. More and more, these same farms are also producing energy from sources such as the sun, wind, or crops. Come to the Canada Agriculture Museum this Thanksgiving weekend and explore how energy is harvested. Participate in special demonstrations and activities, and make a unique craft! See renewable energy in action at the Museum’s newest exhibition, Energy Park: Nature at Work. Friends of the Farm are hosting a Fine Art Exhibition and Sale with amazing pieces of art by nine artists working in a variety of mediums in an event called For the Love of the

Farm - Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. The event is juried and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will also take place in Building 72, Central Experimental Farm, east off Prince of Wales traffic circle. For more information call 613-230-3276 or visit: www.friendsofthefarm.ca .

outerwear, puzzles, games, ride-ontoys, strollers, bikes, baby gear, and more. Contact us for more details and to obtain a vendor number at elmdalesale@gmail.com . Sale proceeds are shared 50:50 between the vendors and school council to support extracurricular programs.

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Looking for quality, gently used items for your child at fantastic prices? Elmdale Public School invites you to its annual Fall Sale of clothing, toys, and equipment from 9 a.m. to noon (cash only) in the school gym, 49 Iona St. (access from Java Street). This sale includes gently used children’s clothes, shoes, hats,

Heritage Ottawa Walking Tour of the Village of Hintonburg starts at 2 p.m. and admission is $10. The group will meet at St-François d’Assise Church, Wellington at Fairmont Named for Joseph Hinton, a shopkeeper and civic official, the village of Hintonburg was incorporated in 1893. The tour will take you through the

heart of this interesting, eclectic and socially varied neighbourhood, rich in heritage. The guides are Linda Hoad and Paulette Dozois, community leaders. More information is available bh calling 613-230-8841 or visit: www.heritageottawa.org .

• OCTOBER 17 The Glabar Park Community Alliance (GPCA) is holding its annual general meeting from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the library of D. Roy Kennedy School (Woodroffe and Lenester). Glabar Park is a community of over 1,100 residences bounded by Woodroffe in the east, Carling Avenue on the north, Maitland Avenue on the east and the Queensway on the south.

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