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Sharon Johnston and Gov. Gen. David Johnston give high fives to girls hockey players at the start of a March 11 event at Rideau Hall in advance of the women’s world ice hockey championships.

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EMC sports - Lord and Lady Stanley were big fans of pickup hockey games on the ice at Rideau Hall. On March 11, hockey returned, with Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon welcoming Hockey Canada in anticipation of the upcoming women’s world hockey championships. The Governor General said he has a soft spot for women’s hockey – all of his five daughters played growing up. “Each grew up with a hockey stick in their hands,” he said. “It’s so wonderful to see young girls taking such interest.” Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson said hockey has come a long was since the first women’s world championships. He encouraged the two girls hock-

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ey teams in attendance, the Ottawa Ice and Les Extrêmes de Gatineau, to come support the championships, which will be played at Scotiabank Place and the Nepean Sportsplex in April. Players from the two peewee level teams lined up and received high fives from the Johnstons and Nicholson as they entered, and cheered as they watched a short video recapping women’s Canadian hockey highlights. “It’s great that we’re coming back to Ottawa,” Nicholson said to the young fans. “You’ve got to get this team pumped up to go for the gold. Really, this is what it’s all about.” Former national team players Cheryl Pounder and Jennifer Botterill attended on behalf of Hockey Canada, recalling their own days wearing the maple leaf with stands packed full with fans. “There was that energy, the fueling

fire, and that was the crowd,” Pounder said. “I remember that feel of hair standing on edge and waiting to go out in the final game.” Westboro’s Megan Chalpeka, 11, who plays for the Ottawa Ice, said she plans to watch every one of the Canadian team’s games. “I really like hockey, so it’s really cool to watch the older players play,” she said. “The men are more aggressive, but the women, they play the puck more.” Before the girls were invited up for photos with the players, Johnston and his wife were presented with their own Team Canada jerseys as well as five more for their daughters. The championships start April 2, with games played in Kanata and Nepean. “This will really be the centre of girls hockey during that month,” Botterill said of Ottawa.

EMC news - It’s no surprise to hear that while Orléans is rich in schools, bilingualism and community, it lacks jobs. Businesses and the Orléans Chamber of Commerce are taking it seriously, recently meeting to discuss economic issues and how the city’s community improvement plan can best be implemented. There is already a CIP in place for St. Joseph Boulevard, which included incentives like tax breaks for property improvements. But a new CIP will be put in place for the entire Orléans area, formalized in late April or May, said Orléans Coun. Bob Monette. The overall consensus is that the recommendations have to be driven by the business community, and not decided politically. “If the business community doesn’t find it’s a good incentive, it won’t work,” said Jamie Kwong, executive director of the Orléans chamber. “Our next step is deciding what we are going to do to sell our community.” There has been development in Orléans, particularly down Innes Road, that has brought in jobs, mostly in retail. With the CIP, both councillors and the chamber hope to bring in higher-level employment that is a better fit for the educated workforce in Orléans – most of whom commute across the city every day. See TAX BREAKS, page 2

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EMC news – A somber mood fell over Ottawa as more than 800 police officers from across Canada gathered at Notre Dame Cathedral March 9 to mourn the death of Const. Steve DĂŠry. DĂŠry, a police officer who grew up in OrlĂŠans, attending Garneau high school, had his life and career cut short abruptly on March 2 when he was shot while on duty in Kuujjuaq, northen Quebec. The 27-year-old officer was working with the Kativik Regional Police Service about 1,400 kilometres north of Montreal, where he was shot when he and his partner responded to a domestic violence call in the community. A letter from DĂŠry’s father Gilles, read by a friend, described his son as a “hero and a great police officer.â€? “I’m so proud to have had you as a son. I will think of you until we meet again,â€? Gilles wrote. His death touched close to home for many in OrlĂŠans, who remembered DĂŠry from his hockey and lacrosse days as a teenager, and his early days growing up in Rockland. Mixed with the sadness and sense of loss, Kativik’s police chief, Aileen MacKinnon, told the gathering how she was the last person to say goodbye to Steve in the hospital before he died. “I lost one of my boys,â€? she said. DĂŠryÂ’s brother Benoit described

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More than 800 police officers from across the country including Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau, centre, march down Sussex Drive on March 9 for the funeral of slain officer Steve DĂŠry who many remembered as a role model and hero. him as a definition of a perfect brother and best friend. “I was always so damn proud to call him my brother,â€? said Benoit. “All I can say Steve – is thank you and I love you brother.â€? Other speakers included DĂŠryÂ’s best friend Greg DĂŠsirier. “We were inseparable and I can’t think of my best memories without thinking of Steve,â€? said DĂŠsirier. “He was my go to guy, best friend and a brother I never had.â€? DĂŠry had been a member of the Kativik Regional Police Force since 2009, starting his career

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in the community of Kangirsuk before being transferred to the community of Kuujjuaq in 2010. Tunu Napartuq, the mayor of Kuujjuaq said his community was mourning and trying to recover from the death of Steve. “It is something that you do not prepare for or plan. We appreciate the show of support we have been receiving from everyone, and we still need it,â€? said Napartuq. Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau said DĂŠry’s tragic death serves as a difficult reminder of the dangers officers face every day. “He exemplifies what a police officer is today,â€? said Bordeleau.

Identifying what makes OrlĂŠans stand out – like the high level of education – is going to be key in attracting businesses, said Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess. “Our people are our real strength here,â€? he said. “How do we develop an identity that says, ‘Hey, here’s OrlĂŠans’?â€? The business community will meet through chamber forums, which may include a public open house, to figure out what the next steps are in shaping a solid identity and attracting employers to OrlĂŠans. Recommendations will likely include reducing the red tape to get a business going, and tax breaks similar to the ones currently available for St. Joseph Boulevard. Bloess said this could include a policy that waives tax increases from property improvements for 10 years. This allows current businesses already in OrlĂŠans to think about expanding existing businesses to add more jobs. “We can do it at 15, 30, 50 jobs at a time,â€? said Monette. Bloess said previous plans to “chase huge projectsâ€? were a mistake. R0011951569

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then follow the link to “Meet the youngest fundraiser” for more on Luis-Eduardo’s story. Onley met the award recipients at Queen’s Park and presented each with a plaque. “You have showed your special gifts and abilities and given generously and creatively,” Onley said. “It can be humbling as adults to see all you have accomplished. On behalf of all of the people of Ontario, I want to thank you for your good work and the fine example you have set.”

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EMC news - After countless hours of hard work and caring for others, a dozen young Ontarians enjoyed a day all about them on March 8. Twelve kids travelled to Toronto to meet Ontario Lt.-Gov. David C. Onley at Queen’s Park, where the Queen’s representative presented each with an Ontario Junior Citizen Award. Luis-Eduardo Grijalva, 7, was among the youngest to step on stage. Luis-Eduardo has spent most of his life raising funds for Canadian athletes and para-athletes, so they can train and travel to international competitions. “We went on the train and I got to see movies, and we met new friends,” Luis-Eduardo said of the trip with his family from Orléans to Toronto for the awards ceremony. The day started with a sky-high reception for all the winners on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower in the city’s core. There the winners and their families were treated to lunch and each child received a silver lapel pin and a $400 cheque. Luis-Eduardo quickly added the pin to his pint-sized suit while his mother, Carmen Larsen-Grijalva, said the lion’s share of the money will be set aside for her son’s university tuition, somewhere around the year 2025. As might be expected of a boy as well organized as Luis-Eduardo, he has goals for the future. “I want to be a Canadian athlete at the Olympics,” he said, adding his favourite sports are soccer, swimming and running, although he has a clear preference for the latter and he has already participated in the Kids Ottawa Mara-


Luis-Eduardo Grijalva of Orléans receives an Ontario Junior Citizen Award from Lt.Gov. David C. Onley at Queen’s Park on March 8. Luis-Eduardo was one of just 12 award recipients selected from more 150 nominees. He has raised money to support Canada’s Olympic athletes since he was three years old and one day hopes to join them on the world stage. thon. “Running is easy,” he said. “I’ve been running my whole life.” Larsen- Grijalva said the awards day was a “very emotional” day for her and the other parents. “It inspires kids to be better,” she said of the

junior citizen program. Luis-Eduardo continues to raise funds for athletes and is aiming to bring in a total of $20,000 in his current campaign. He has about $4,700 to go to meet that goal, Larsen- Grijalva said. Donations can be made at Click the “Donations” link and

The provincial Junior Citizen Award program is co-ordinated by the Ontario Community Newspaper Association, of which the Orléans News is one of the 310 members. Youths aged six to 17 can be nominated for their involvement in community service, for contributing to their community while living with a physical or psychological limitation or for performing acts of heroism or bravery. The program’s corporate sponsors – TD Bank Group and Direct Energy – both sent representatives to the awards presentation. Tina Murphy of TD thanked the winners’ parents for backing their children’s efforts. “Every young person should have the support to reach their potential,” Murphy said. Dave Walton of Direct Energy lamented that the word “inspiring” was being used frequently during the day’s presentations and speeches, but suggested that was for good reason. “Your dedication to your causes at such a young age is inspiring,” he told the award winners. The Junior Citizen Award program is in its 32nd year and there were 150 nominees across Ontario for the 2012 awards ceremony. By one estimate, the 12 award recipients raised about $440,000 for many different causes in 2012. Look for the opening of nominations for the 2013 program later this year in the Orléans News.

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EMC news - Hélène Campbell’s life would have been cut short if it wasn’t for the generosity of an organ donor. The double-lung transplant recipient was the keynote speaker at the annual International Women’s

I am breathing easier because of that person and I am so grateful for the gift I have. Hélène Campbell

Day breakfast hosted by Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans on March 8. “I can’t believe how much has happened since I received my lungs. I am now able to dance and breathe well,” Campbell said. Over the last two years, Campbell has shared her personal journey as an organ recipient with the public and has brought international awareness to the cause. “My experience was an eye opening,” she said. “When you speak out about something when you are actu-

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Organ donation champion Hélène Campbell dances with Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans at the annual International Women’s Day breakfast hosted by Deans at her condo building on March 8. ally suffering, people have the time to listen.” Deans said she invited Campbell with hopes that her message will inspire people to give the ultimate gift of life.

“It was a great opportunity for us to hear about her incredible journey,” she said. For 17 years, Gloucester-Southgate Deans has hosted the International Women’s Day annual break-

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“On this day, we recognize the impact that women have on the issues affecting our communities, as well as the important role they play in improving the lives of all. Campbell shot to fame when she successfully campaigned to get Justin Bieber to tweet in support of organ donation awareness. She said the campaign helped her get a second shot to life. “Honestly, it is just remarkable the chance I received and I am so grateful to the donor and that family,” she said. Campbell said she was humbled by the legacy left by the family that offered to donate their loved one’s lungs to her. “Being an organ donor they know they are not getting anything back by giving their loved one’s organ, except they feel better knowing that someone else can breathe easier,” said Campbell. “I am breathing easier because of that person and I am so grateful for the gift I have.” Deans said Campbell’s presence, her passion and her vitality for life are infectious and would lead her to new heights. “I can’t think of a better way to showcase the strength and courage that a woman can embody than through our guest speaker,” said Deans.


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City consulting on consulting New public engagement strategy in works Laura Mueller

EMC news - Online surveys? Twitter? Old-fashioned community meetings? The city wants to know how you’d like to be engaged in municipal issues. The city has never really updated its policy on how it consults with individuals and groups, said the city’s general manager of community and social services, Aaron Burry. The public consultation strategy was put together in 2004 after amalgamation. “There wasn’t a lot of work done to put that into practice or look at how we were going to do this,” Burry said. “Given everything that’s changed in terms of how our world works.” And now, technology and social media are changing the way people engage with the city. The consultation will look at how the city might be able to take advantage of those

opportunities when it asks for feedback on different municipal issues and proposals. “Going back 10 or 12 years ago at amalgamation, consultations were … at four locations in the city – east, west, south and one open house – and that was consultation,” Burry said. “I think we are moving beyond that and approaching it by trying different things.” The city wants to look at everything from the very beginning of the process, including what the city is hoping to achieve through consultations, how it lets residents know consultations are happening and how different city departments can use the various forms of consultations that this process will outline. Engaging the “silent majority” will be a big part of it, Burry said. Online engagement is part of that, but co-ordinating with community groups like the City for All Women Initiative helps, too. Initiative volunteers can follow the city’s consultation model and organize a smaller event that attracts residents who may not normally come out to a cityorganized meeting, especially if the session can be offered in

another language. “We’ve seen in some of those consultations a much broader and a much stronger response that covers all areas. Not just the usual suspects,” he said. Helping people understand when and how their feedback will make an impact will also be part of the process, Burry said. For instance, some people come to city committee meetings and don’t understand their speaking time will be limited to five minutes, or that they cannot ask questions to committee members. Ensuring residents have the info to make their participation meaningful is a priority, Burry said. The city will also be looking at how other governments consult the public and offering examples of what might work in Ottawa. A strategy and a “toolkit” for city staff to use when consulting with the public will be brought to city councillors for approval in the fall, Burry said. An online survey will be available from March 25 to April 16. For more information, go to and search “public engagement strategy.”

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Volunteering is one of the best ways to invest in the community. In the Ottawa-Orléans riding, we have about 300 organizations that rely on volunteers. To recognize those who give of themselves so selflessly, I am hosting the sixth annual Hearts of Gold Awards Gala on April 26 at 7 p.m. It falls during National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 21 to 27 this year. The Hearts of Gold Awards Gala is an opportunity to acknowledge the volunteers in Ottawa-Orléans who dedicate their time and energy to serving others. They are pillars in our community who build a better world for us all, where people help each other and stand together. Do you know a volunteer who is dedicated to making your community

a better place to live? If you do, I encourage you to nominate this individual for a Heart of Gold Award. Contact my office at 613995-1800 or My staff will be happy to explain the nomination process. Over the last five years, more than 400 volunteers have been honoured at the gala. Nine of them also received a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal at the ceremony I held in the House of Commons on Jan. 28. In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary. To commemorate this historic occasion, it is almost a certainty that Canadians who have left their mark will be honoured. Recipients of the Heart of Gold Award between 2013 and 2016 will be considered for this honour. Royal Galipeau MP for Ottawa-Orléans

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t’s good news when the city rethinks a process that’s been around for decades. Public consultations deserve a new look. Until now, the city has come to the public with a proposal and then asked people to react. It leaves residents with the impression that the city has already made up its mind about what it wants to do and is just going through the motions of consulting. Michael Powell from the Dalhousie Community Association has commented that city consultations are “like always being asked what you want on your hot dog, but never what you might like to eat.” There is also a sentiment among members of the public that consultations happen too late in the process to make a difference. Residents find out about a new city bylaw, p[olicy or program after it has been finessed with city staff and politicians behind the scenes. The city really needs to look at not just how it seeks input, but when. There is also value to tapping a diverse selection of people so that the true diversity of public opinion is captured. Too often, community-level

consultations, as well as public open houses at city hall, are like a reunion. The same people come out for everything. Mostly its because they’re engaged and they have time – retirees are one example – but it’s also because the processes, mechanisms and jargon are confusing and off-putting for outsiders and people who are new to civic engagement. The city needs to find a way to get all those voices into the process. Formal meetings alone don’t do the job. While on-the-street interviews may not capture opinions of people who have given an issue considerable thought, they are grassroots ways to find out how people who pass by a particular property feel about development plans. It would also be easy to phone people who live near a proposed building site, and then call them back after they’ve had a chance to consider the plans. To expand the circle of input even further, the city could involve students at local schools. After all, it’s the kids of today who will often have to live with the results of both good and bad planning deicions for decades to come.


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ou’re probably familiar with the term “first world problem.” It refers to the kinds of things people living in a privileged country like ours worry about. Not having enough room in the garage for the second car would be an example. If you look for people with first world problems you find them all around you – in the letters to the editor, on the phone-in shows, at parties, in politics. There are people whose wi-fi is too slow, who don’t get enough cable channels, who don’t get a tax break for their private school fees. Canada as a whole is beset with first world problems. Anyone who travels to less privileged countries is always struck by this on returning. You have just come from a place where people are not free and don’t have enough to eat and you pick up the Canadian newspaper and find that our politicians are arguing about the constitution. That’s a first world problem. Some places don’t have constitutions. In some places, arguing about the constitution gets you locked up. All of this is by way of introduction to the fact that I don’t like the new money. Those new polymer 50s and 20s are too shiny, not to mention slippery. Mind you, W.L. Mackenzie

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CHARLES GORDON Funny Town King, who is on the 50, was pretty slippery himself. They don’t feel like money. They don’t even smell like money. There have been questions about the authenticity of the maple leaf. And so on and so on. First world problem: many people in the world would like to have new Canadian 50s and 20s. Still ... you can see right through the new money if you hold it up to the light. Does that seem like money to you, something you can see through? What it seems like is play money. The kids see these shiny pieces of not-exactly-paper lying around that they can see through and they want to play with them. They are more fun to play with than the Published weekly by:

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Canadian Tire money which, by comparison, now seems more like real money. So does Monopoly money, come to think of it. First world problem: Canadian kids play with money. Not too much was heard of all this until fairly recently. That’s because the first new plastic – well, polymer – bills issued in 2011 were 100s and 50s. The plastic 20 didn’t hit until last November, which is when ordinary people began to notice that the new bills stuck together, didn’t always work in vending machines and smelled wrong. In a related development, a poll reported in the Globe and Mail says that the people most likely to be happy with the new money are people with high income and education. Seventy-three per cent of people earning more that $100,000 a year were happy with the new money. And why not? If you had lots of 100s and 50s, you’d be happy too. Somehow your displeasure over bills sticking together would vanish if the bills sticking together were 100s. The Bank of Canada’s official explanation for the use of shiny money is that it will last longer (not that many of us will have it around long enough to notice) and that it is harder to counterfeit. That, you can understand.

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Also, the new 20 depicts the Vimy Memorial, which is a worthy thing to do. However, this could have been done without converting everything to plastic. Printing it up on good old paper would have done the trick. (By the way, do you remember when the previous version of the paper bill was introduced? That was 2004. It was durable, had cotton in it, and hard to counterfeit.) More is to come. By the end of the year, new polymer 5s and 10s will be issued. Then the complaining will begin all over again. As Canadians know, it’s tough living in the first world.

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EMC lifestyle - Specialized summer camps are now allowing young artists to develop their passion on an intensive basis. Summer art camps offer classes which are both educational and lots of fun. Children can develop their skills and broaden their interests while being supervised by competent instructors, all in an entertaining atmosphere. There aremany different facets to the world of visual arts. At summer camp, young people can learn about kinds of media that they have fewer opportunities to explore at home or school, such as China

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ink, pastels, charcoal, oil paint, and clay. They acquire theoretical notions and draw inspiration from the great masters of the art world. Some art camps even organize an exhibit at the end of the camp so that friends and family can see all the creations. Theatre is a great way to break out of one’s shell. At summer camp, children will be able to set aside their shyness and learn to express themselves in public. They will improve their memorization skills and they will also be able to study different actingmethods. Dramatic art includes many

behind-the-scenes activities, and during theatre camp children will be introduced to many of them, including lights and sound, costumes, makeup, and stage design. The performing arts are also a great way for children to discover their talents, develop a work ethic, and build selfesteem. All branches of the performing arts teach students about teamwork. At a performing arts camp, children are given the opportunity to work on a project throughout their stay and then have the very rewarding experience of presenting it in front of family and friends.


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• How are different age groups divided? Are boys and girls divided? Can my child be in the same group as his/her friend? • What if my child doesn’t like the camp? Do you offer a guarantee? What is your cancellation policy? • Where can I find more information about your camp? Do you have a website? Can I register online? Can I pay by credit card? • Can you accomodate children with special needs? lifethreatening allergies? • Which weeks of camp are still available? • How and when will I receive confirmation of my registration? – courtesy Camps Canada


EMC lifestyle - Here is a list of questions to ask any camp director before you register. Pick and choose the ones that are relevant to you and your child. • Who do you hire as counsellors? Are they experienced? How old are they? Are they certified in CPR and first aid? Have they undergone a criminal record check? • What are your hours of operation and for pre- and post-camp care? Is there an additional cost for extended hours? • What is the ratio of campers to counsellors? Ratios of 8:1 are common. A ratio of 10:1 is probably the most you

would want. • Are snacks or a lunch provided? Is the lunch program optional or mandatory? • What do you do on rainy days? Are your facilities airconditioned? • Do the children swim every day? What are your rules for supervision at the pool? Is there a wading pool for young campers? • What is included in the price of camp? Do you take any field trips? Do you offer any discounts for multiple registration, multiple weeks? • Can you provide a list of references or testimonials? Word of mouth is the best reference. Ask around and find out where other parents are sending their children.


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Schedule: Half Days – Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am One Hour Evening Program – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm or 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Fees: Half Days: $50/morning One Hour Evening Program: 8 – 1 hour classes $270, 12 – 1 hour classes $375 Full Summer (July & August) $540 Assessment and Registration Fee -$45

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EMC lifestyle - While it may seem like spring has just sprung, summer will be here before you know it. According to the education experts at Oxford Learning, that means that it’s time to start thinking about summer learning plans. “Summer learning is a critical – and often overlooked – part of students’ learning. By planning for summer learning now, parents will help their children avoid the summer learning brain drain,” says Nick Whitehead, founder and CEO of Oxford Learning. He offers these five reasons why planning for summer learning this spring is so important: 1. Summer is going to be here soon. Spring may have just begun, but before long, students will be studying for exams and handing in their final term projects, which means that it’s not too early to think about what kids are going to be doing this summer. 2. Summer can undo what children are learning right now.  Without maintaining learning momentum and study skills over the summer break, students easily forget everything they’re working hard to learn right now, which means that next year, students need to repeat the same workbooks and materials they are learning right now. 3. Summer can have an impact on how children learn next year. After a summer off, it can take kids up to three months to get back into the swing of learning. That represents a huge amount of wasted learning opportunities, and it means that students are not up to their potential from as early as the first day back to class.

Summer can have an impact on how children learn next year. 4. Kids want to learn in the summer.  Research in summer learning studies shows that 56 per cent of students want to be involved in a summer program that helps them keep up with summer schoolwork or prepare for the next grade. 5. Summer programs fill

up fast. Most programs are already accepting applications and taking reservations for summer enrolment.  Schools, camps, and supplemental tutoring facilities such as Oxford Learning are no exception.

Summer camps offer something for everyone EMC lifestyle - Winter still holds us in its icy grip, but it’s already time to start planning for summer camp. Sleep-away camp is a character-building experience for children who are ready for it. If you want your child to attend camp when it’s convenient for your summer schedule, you’ll need to get busy now and reserve a space early. Because summer camps are increasingly in demand, take the time to do some research and see what kind of camp will best suit your child. There is a lot to choose from, so you don’t want to end up sending him or her to just any camp simply because it’s one where they still have some places left. It is essential to take into account the interests of your children in order for them to have an enjoyable and enriching experience. There are conventional camps, which offer a wide range of outdoor activities and group games.

Other camps offer special interest activities, such as specific sports, visual arts, music, cooking, or even the sciences, including astronomy. The length of stay can also vary. Some parents prefer to stick with day camps or short stays so their children won’t get homesick. Others opt to send their children for a week or more to develop their independence. Children living with a physical or mental disability can also benefit greatly from a stay at a summer camp. Some camps are specifically adapted to meet such needs and have qualified personnel trained to care for them 24 hours a day. Whatever type of camp a family is looking for, it is always advisable to visit it first or speak with camp staff on the phone – this will help you be sure their priority is the well-being of the children and their focus suits the needs and interests of your children.

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Five things that make camp different EMC lifestyle - People who have attended or worked at a camp know that it is a very special place. Powerful and positive things happen in the camp environment that don’t happen anyplace else. The camp community and culture produce changes in people that are unique and long-lasting. It would be hard to make a complete list of all of the factors that make camp different. Here are five examples: 1 - Camp leads the way in using the best methods to help children learn and grow. Camp is a lot more than “something fun for the kids to do when they are out of school.” Actually, camps are outstanding places for children to learn and grow. Why? For over 125 years, camps have been the leader in using the number one key secret to teaching: children learn most from doing. They learn most from hands-on discovery and practice, especially in small groups. The fancy name for this is experiential learning. When children are actively involved in high-participation activities, they not only learn much more, but their levels of attention, enjoyment, and motivation really blast off. In fact, camp is such a terrific community for learning that schools are now following the lead of camps as they look for ways to reach students. Parents have surely noticed that their children are spending much more time in school now

that comes even close to the range of recreational, dramatic, musical, artistic, environmental, and other interest areas that are offered to boys and girls at camp.

live on the very same block or not much farther. Campers may have a special friend or two in their group, but at most camps the group assignments encourage building new relationships and provide lots of practice in cooperation and compromise.

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The camp community and culture produce changes in people that are long-lasting. working with “manipulatives” (hands-on materials to learn concepts) and “real-world” situations. Kids do stuff like that at camp every five minutes. 2 - Camp communities remove the typical pressures from school, and support children in a positive atmosphere that cherishes effort and persistence. One fast way to explain the incredible power of camping is in two words: no grades. It is amazing how children blossom when the burdens of constant evaluation and a permanent record are taken off their backs. Achievement is rewarded at camp just like it is at school. But what makes camp a special community is its focus on celebrating effort. It provides

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recognition when children try their best even if they don’t succeed right away. In this low-pressure atmosphere, children learn more readily what positive things to say and do when they make mistakes or face challenges. At camp, children learn to be persistent and positive. These values build stronger children. 3 - Camp has distinctive value in preparing children for future success. How do we prepare children for life in a modern world? Key current buzzwords in the workplace are teamwork and greater responsibility for independent problem-solving. There are higher expectations for employees to get along with others and to think


for themselves. Again, camp has been leading the way by creating communities where kids make daily decisions about activities. They are put into situations every hour where how they act and meet their responsibilities will affect everyone else in their groups. It’s important to teach our children to get along with others, especially in an increasingly diverse world. Camps make a unique contribution here. Camps are communities where children are put into groups with many children that they may not know. This is often not true at school, for example, where children may move from grade to grade with many children from prior classes who may

5 - Camp combats youth isolation by offering positive and accepting communities. Camp is about belonging; belonging to a group that respects and values each member. The traditions and customs of each different camp are like a secret code that allows those who know it to feel embraced by something unique and very special. Adult camp alumni often return many years later to camp still thrilled by the inside knowledge of camp legends and rituals that continue to inspire loyalty and a sense of connection. Camp is, at its core, about learning how to make positive connections. The directors and staff of camps work hard to create a community that is enormously positive and accepting. Campers are urged to include, not exclude, others. They are praised for choosing new partners and not always the same ones. They are encouraged to respect the differences between people. In an increasingly sarcastic world, camps aim to be an oasis of personal safety where demeaning comments and disrespectful behaviour are not tolerated and children are taught responsible and positive ways to resolve conflicts. * excerpts extracted from Michael Brandwein/ - courtesy Camps Canada

4 - Camp offers an unequalled variety of opportunities to develop well-rounded children. Camps cut like a laser through the negative expectations and beliefs that can stick to children and hold them back. Each year of a child’s life, he or she finds new things they can accomplish. It’s a tragedy that children often decide what they are good at and not good at when they very young. These early, limiting selfassessments may last through adulthood. When children get more recognition for abilities in, for example, math and athletics than they get for reading and music, then their choice of future activities and how they spend their time will naturally tend to gravitate toward areas in which they have had the greatest success in the past. Like most parents, I want my children to be well-rounded. One of the big reasons my wife and I have sent our children to camps is because they encourage dabbling. Children can participate in, learn about, and enjoy a wide variety of activities without any need to be an expert in all of them. Camps offer a fantastic variety of different opportunities throughout every day. I cannot identify any other institution

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Ragout a real vegetarian treat EMC lifestyle - Serve a green salad and crusty bread with this one-pot vegetarian dish – perfect for a fast meal or as a side dish with grilled meat or fish. Orzo is tiny riceshaped pasta. Preparation time: 12 minutes. Cooking time: 20 minutes. Ingredients

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Turtle time While he’s not old enough to get a March Break, one-and a-half year old Zachary Washburn was able to participate in the March Break events at the Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre on March 11, getting up close with a turtle from Little Ray’s Reptiles. The shopping centre ran different activities through each day of the March Break.

• 1 leek • 25 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil • 3 garlic cloves, minced • 500 g (1 lb) small fresh mushrooms, halved • 796 ml can (28 oz) Italian flavoured tomatoes* • 250 ml (1 cup) water • 150 ml (2/3 cup) orzo pasta • 125 ml (1/2 cup) fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced • grated Parmesan cheese (optional) • salt and pepper, to taste Directions

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t an early age, I developed an ability I thought at the time saved me from many a disappointment, worry and even heartache, and put me in another world. It took a lot of patience, a great deal of practice and much trial and error, but when I had perfected the exercise, it gave me great satisfaction and peace of mind. Through deep concentration and forcing my mind away from an unpleasant situation, I was able to move my thoughts from the source of my anguish and into a more pleasant place. This time of year, there were many occasions for me to put into practice this talent I had developed. The ice was gone from the Bonnechere, the current was fast and the mud pout could be seen from the shore. The three brothers had been watching the spring breakup for weeks, and now the time had finally come for them to do some fishing. I hated the very thought of the method used by the brothers to catch the fish. Using spears, some of which were made from a pitchfork

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories from the barn, they straddled an old tree that had fallen across the river at a narrow point and stabbed them without mercy. When the mud pout became part of our supper, Mother, aware of my squeamish stomach, would put a slice of meat on my plate, or let me have scrambled eggs. Then, as I sat at the supper table, I would put into place my talent. I would picture in my mind pieces of bologna, my very favourite treat, sitting on the platter of mud pout in front of me. Even when my tormentor of a brother Emerson would smack his lips for my benefit, I was able to change, in my mind, the picture of the mud pout and turn it into bologna. This talent was put to good use at the Northcote School on more than one occasion too. If my rival

Marguirite was getting on my nerves, which happened at least once a day, I would picture her in my mind with homemade flour bag underwear under her skirt. She made sure every girl at the Northcote School knew that her underpinnings came from Walker’s Store in Renfrew. I got so good at this trick of imagination, that I could even see Pride of the Valley written across her seat. Emerson often said I was scared of my own shadow and that wasn’t all that far from the truth. In the dark of night, in my bed, the sounds in the country terrified me. The whippoorwills in the distance making their eerie cries, the wolves howling as they skirted the barnyard looking for their next meal, and the old house cracking from the frost in the dead of winter were all sounds that kept

sleep at bay. Then I would call on this special talent I had developed over time. When these sounds surrounded me in my bed, I would force my mind’s eye to a street corner in Renfrew, to see the Salvation Army band playing and singing their rousing hymns. I would be able to block out the frightening sounds around me and sleep would come. This escape talent came to good use on Sundays too. We sat in the front pew at church. Our minister, a giant of a man, would come swooping down the aisle and climb into the little cubicle raised above the floor, scanning the congregation before he said a word. I was sure he was singling me out with his eyes, and knew every sin I had committed since the Sunday before. His thundering voice shook the rafters, and his enormous surplus billowed out as he waved his arms, looking for all the world like a large black bird. That’s when I would look over his head to a spot on the blue painted wall. I would pretend I was an angel, and my mission in life, in my mind, was to help the starv-

ing Armenians. These were the people Mother always said we took the food right out of their mouths if we didn’t eat everything on our plates. I thought they lived in Arnprior. So when I took on the role in my mind’s eye of this little floating angel high in our church, I pictured myself doing good deeds. The fear of the minister vanished. Every Friday afternoon

of Miss Crosby’s sweet voice as she read from the book. She read with such inflection, you could picture yourself right inside the story. It was then I would again transport my mind to another place. I would picture myself all grown up, far away from Northcote and the one-room schoolhouse. In my mind’s eye I would be standing before great crowds of

I would picture in my mind pieces of bologna, my very favourite treat, sitting on the platter of mud pout in front of me. Even when my tormentor of a brother Emerson would smack his lips for my benefit, I was able to change, in my mind, the picture of the mud pout and turn it into bologna. without fail, Miss Crosby read from a storybook she would bring to the Northcote School. There was no such thing as a library at the one-room schoolhouse back in the 1930s. I would sit enthralled, not so much with the story, but from the sound

people and I would be telling stories. The stories wouldn’t come from a book but would be of my own creation. Such were the unachievable dreams of a young child of the Depression. All made possible through the simple act of imagination.

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The passing of a music legend Stompin’Tom Connors never forgot the Ottawa Valley and its role in his rise Paul Rellinger and Derek Dunn

EMC news - Canada has lost a national icon. The Ottawa Valley has lost a grateful friend. Stompin’ Tom Connors, the plywood-thumping, chainsmoking singer-songwriter whose music struck a distinctly Canadian chord, died March 6 at his Halton Hills, Ont. home. He was 77 years old. Immediately upon word of Connors’ death, reported to be from natural causes, tributes began piling up via traditional media and social media platforms, All last week, that trend continued and intensified. It seems every region in the country can claim a connection to Stompin’ Tom. He was born in New Brunswick and spent his formative years in Skinner’s Pond, P.E.I. before taking to the road. The Ottawa Valley’s connection starts in 1967 with his first hit, Big Joe Mufferaw, that mentions towns from Renfrew and Arnprior to Kemptville and beyond. Lyle Dillabough recalls the time Stompin’ Tom helped save the former Mississippi Hotel in Carleton Place from demolition in 1990. Dillabough penned a letter asking

for his support. “Tom made a plea to the public to ‘Save the Grand Ole Lady,’” Dillabough recalls. “In 1990 Tom was still quite a bit in his reclusive period so when he made that public statement the nation’s media went into a bit of a frenzy. And that had everything to do with why the Grand Ole Lady still stands at the corner of Bridge Street and Lake Avenue in Carleton Place today.” It was in Peterborough that Connors’ trademark habit of stomping the heel of his left boot to keep rhythm earned him the nickname “that stompin’ guy” or “Stomper.” However, the name Stompin’ Tom Connors was first coined when Boyd MacDonald, a waiter at the King George Tavern in Peterborough, introduced him as such on stage. The name stuck as Connors went on to produce a bevy of hit songs, including Bud The Spud, Sudbury Saturday Night, The Bug Song and, of course, The Hockey Song, the ultimate music tribute to Canada’s game. In past interviews, former hockey superstar Bobby Orr has said that for all the many honours he received for his on-ice excellence, being ref-


Canadian folk legend Stompin’ Tom Connors, who died last week, credits the Ottawa Valley and a legendary logger named Big Joe Mufferaw for his first break in the music business. erenced in that song’s lyrics – “Someone roars, Bobby scores” – tops the list. No one knows that better than Brian Edwards, whose Peterborough-based Rocklands Talent and Management Inc. first promoted Connors in the late 1980s, reviving his music career after a lengthy

hiatus. “He stood up for every Canadian through his music, his

words and his actions,” notes Edwards regarding what has prompted the outpouring of condolences. Edwards planned the March 13 memorial, noting he and Connors discussed such an event in advance. “When we looked at a venue, there’s Toronto, there’s Charlottetown where he grew up, there’s Saint John where he was born but it kept coming back to Peterborough. “He didn’t forget the support shown him in the early years and since. When he started hearing from others about Peterborough, he made up his mind he wanted it here.” Among the confirmed speakers, besides himself, were former Canadiens goalkeeper and national politician Ken Dryden, former governorgeneral Adrienne Clarkson and former BMI Records executive Dean Cameron. There was also a live music component and videos highlighting Connors’ career. It was just before 5 p.m. Wednesday that Edwards was notified of Connors’ passing by one of his four children. The singer is also survived by wife Lena. “I knew it was coming. Tom

and I had talked the past few weeks,” says Edwards. Last words

On the evening of March 6, the family of Stompin’ Tom Connors released the following statement penned by Connors: “Hello friends. I want all my fans, past, present or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin’ Tom. “It was a long, hard, bumpy road but this great country kept me inspired with its beauty, character and spirit, driving me to keep marching on, and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world. I must now pass the torch to all of you to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the patriot Canada needs now and in the future.” “I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes. I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done.” With files from Peterborough This Week

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Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury discuss changes to how the city deals with derelict properties in front of two examples in Vanier: 84 and 86 Beechwood Ave., owned by the Claude Lauzon Group. track whether those properties were vacant or occupied. The city contracted $130,330 in repairs for 85 properties last year. “These are not unreasonable demands. It’s just common sense for any property owners,” the mayor said. “Show some pride in your city

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going to make our city a better place.” Fleury’s ward, Rideau-Vanier, is home to a concentration of rundown buildings, including the school at 287 Cumberland St., so he has taken a particular interest in fixing the issue. “You might own commercial, residential or institutional buildings that are vacant, but from street level, they shouldn’t (look) vacant,” Fleury said. Hume said the issue spans the entire city, and it’s not just about properties that have a heritage designation. “This is an issue that communities face whether you’re on Bank Street in Old Ottawa South or you’re in my community on Faircrest Heights that has a building that was damaged by fire,” Hume said. The city wants to see vibrant, “complete” streets and it’s looking at a number of options to ensure the upkeep of buildings is part of that. On April 18, city staff will present options for addressing derelict buildings at the community and protective services committee. Possible options include denying property owners vacancy discounts on their taxes, requiring a vacancy permit if a building remains unoccupied – something that’s done in Winnipeg, or requiring fire-safety plans.

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Ottawa SSouth h United i d SSoccer C Club celebrates 10th anniversary Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been 10 years since members of South Nepean United and the Osgoode-Rideau Soccer Association approved the merger that gave life to Ottawa South United Soccer Club, and set out on an ambitious quest to become the best youth club in Ottawa and amongst the best in Ontario and Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought if we followed the principles and vision we setup, that it would realistically take more than 15 years,â&#x20AC;? recalls OSU Founding President Bill Michalopulos, who remains President of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now the only Ottawa based club to: earn a top position in the provincial soccer club Terra rankings, a Gold Level Club Excellence Award from the Ontario Soccer Association and win a couple of gold medals in North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious showcase tournament; the Disney showcase, while helping to place scores of soccer players in universities and colleges on soccer scholarships in North America. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By any tangible measurement, I think, thanks to our volunteers and full time operating staff, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve exceeded our vision in record time,â&#x20AC;? Michalopulos adds. OSU hit many key milestones along the way to its 10th anniversary, including establishing strategic alliances with leading clubs in the U.S. and Europe â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Dallas Texans and Everton FC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and providing a dedicated and qualified staff approach to running a club in order to provide better programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still depend on our volunteers who are a key link to our community, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very thankful we have our volunteers to carry most of the load,â&#x20AC;? Michalopulos notes, adding that those same people recognize the indispensable value of having full-time staff such as Jim Lianos, Club General Manager since almost Day 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew that a completely volunteer-based club was not a sustainable model if one really wanted to improve the delivery of soccer and be efficient,â&#x20AC;? Michalopulos emphasizes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew we had to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;professionalizeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; some aspects of the club while retaining the right type of genuinely soccer-loving and experienced volunteer Board of Directors in order to maximize resource efficiency, maintain value for money and to make sure that our soccer playing youth could be the best they could be. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were able to put together a sustainable environment for excellence. On a grand level, we have simply pushed soccer forward in Ottawa and significantly improved the level of play of our youth. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our biggest accomplishment.â&#x20AC;? A major project â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which now stands as a physical symbol of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress â&#x20AC;&#x201C; was the construction of six playing fields in Manotick to accommodate a growing membership base thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now reached 6,500 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from youth recreational/developmental soccer to competitive/elite, through to adult & sr. levels. Within two years, a home clubhouse will be built at George Nelms Sports Park, a further signal of the bright future that lies ahead for OSU. Also playing a key role in ongoing success will be UEFA â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Licence Coach Paul Harris â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a recent groundbreaking addition as OSU Club Head Coach via Evertonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed youth academy. Moving top players onto the next level is an OSU trademark, with over 80 players receiving scholarships to play university and college soccer in Canada and the U.S., and others recruited into pro team academies. Without discounting the tremendous success OSU has achieved in becoming a force locally, provincially and throughout North America, perhaps the biggest source of pride is seeing the deeper impact the club has made on membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives over 10 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a huge part of the community. You walk around in the summer and every field is being used by the club and you see soccer players all over the place,â&#x20AC;? observes founding board member Rene Braendli. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a fantastic journey, but this is not the end. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still pushing ahead and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve still got to do better. We cannot stand still.â&#x20AC;? 0314.R0011980218

EMC news - People young and old will have activities to enjoy at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vanier Maple Sugar Festival which promises to get you moving, laughing and eating lots of sticky syrup. The Maple Sugar Festival runs until March 24 at Richelieu Park. The annual festival has a number of Easter Ad:Layout 1 3/13/13 4:18 PM Page 1 all-ages activities this year, including the return of the Lumberjack competition and storytelling at the sugar shack. All of the activities will be taking place at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, Richelieu Park, and the sugar shack located in the park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I was trying to do this year was to have activities that fit every demographic,â&#x20AC;? said organizer Heidi Duhaime. New events include a night of maple-inspired tales, a dinner/dance with the Disco Inferno Band, a seniors dance at the Centre PaulineMichelle Nash/Metroland March 23-24 weekend. A full schedule of events is availCharon and a free improv night with Heidi Duhaime is working around website at Yo the University of Ottawa Improvisa- the clock to make this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maple able on MusĂŠoparcâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ur l for a full list of urche tion League which will encourage Sugar Festival a success. A long ocalPMAng Easter Ad:Layout 1 3/13/13 4:18 Page invtimes. activities and audience participation. time event organizer, Duhaime lican1 ch ster i a te y â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty cool about this has expanded the activities this ou to celebrate E EMCfree,â&#x20AC;? ad 2 year to ensure the week-long fesactivity is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely Duhaime said. tival will be fun for all ages. Stittsville/Richmond EMC Patrons are encouraged to bring packaged toilet paper donations as EMC 3 fast, the Lumberjackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Challenge a form of admission for&the event, and the seventh annual edition of which the festival will give to PartOrleans EMC the Soup Splash, where local chefs age Vanier. When organizing this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s create maple-flavoured soups. inches xMembers 2 col (3.3125 of the community are events, Duhaime said Size: the 6 main goal was to attract a wide variety getting involved too, with the Vanier inches) Community Association participating in the Lumberjackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Challenge. Church of St.Board Barnabas members Geoff Derry and David Bateman will be leading two Apostle & Martyr teams of association members. The only urban one of its kind in Yo e Canada, Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maple sugar shack ur l Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty cool about rch u o has been burning the midnight oil h inv cal Anglican c ter this activity is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s since mid-February to make oodles ite y Eas e o t of syrup for all the pancakes and u a t r o c b e e l completely free. sugar taffy prepared for the festival. Heidi Duhaime Duhaime said this festival is a Maple Sugar Festival organizer true community festival and credits Church of St. Barnabas A & M both the events partners and volun70 James St. Ottawa (corner of Kent) teers for making it so.   sWWWSTBARNABASOTTAWACOM â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have over 700 trees tapped, Monday, March 25 Good Friday, March 29 all by volunteers,â&#x20AC;? Duhaime said. 10:00 am-ASS 12 pm 3OLEMN,ITURGY â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of which would not have been 6ENERATIONOFTHE#ROSSAND Tuesday, March 26 -ASSOFTHE0RESANCTIlED possible without all the volunteers 10:00 am-ASS 8:00 pm4ENEBRAE Holy Saturday, March 30 of people by creating events geared who help.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 pm'REAT6IGILOF%ASTER Throughout the week, schools towards people of all ages. The Wednesday, March 27 &IRST-ASSOF%ASTER 5:15 pm-ASS improv night is free, for example, will be taking guided tours of the Easter Sunday, March 31 something Duhaime said should sugar bush, visitng MusĂŠoparc, enMaundy Thursday, March 28 8:00 am -ORNING0RAYER 7:30 pm3OLEMN-ASS encourage teenagers and university joying a maple tasting, as well as 8:30 am,OW-ASS FOLLOWEDBY3TRIPPINGOFTHE participating in storytelling and 10:30 am0ROCESSIONAND students to attend. !LTARSANDTHE7ATCHOF0RAYER 3OLEMN(IGH-ASS â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to keep the costs pro- craft workshops. R0011979018_0321 More than 1,100 students will atportionate to the demographic the tend this year, Duhaime said. activities are aimed for,â&#x20AC;? she said. Families and residents can enBack this year is the second annual Maple Race, the pancake break- joy these same activities during the OrlĂŠans News EMC - Thursday, March 21, 2013





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three-packs of bonus tickets. Those who purchase by midnight on May 10 will be entered into another early bird draw for $75,000. “The We All Win lottery is really aptly named,” said Matthew Sachs, with Urbandale Construction. “There is no better cause. “It benefits everyone in the community.” millions of patients

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EMC news - Marie Binelli feels so strongly about CHEO’s good work that she took the time to speak at the launch of the We All Win lottery while her son was undergoing surgery at the children’s hospital. Her son Jacob was in surgery for a hernia on Friday, March 8, during the kickoff of the Ottawa Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario lottery in Kanata Lakes. “Our son is currently receiving treatment at CHEO today,” said Binelli, adding she was able to be at the launch because she knew he was in capable hands. Jacob was due to be born on March 8 this year, but instead was born prematurely. “Our son was very young and sick in his early days,” said Binelli. “We are grateful for all the support … for all the difference they have made in our lives,” she said. Binelli was given a CHEO bear for Jacob as she stepped away from the podium during the launch of the lottery.

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Cheryl Hammond, Danielle St-Aubin, Kevin Keohane, Matthew Sachs and Natalie Larocque show off a living space in one of the four grand-prize homes up for grabs in the We All Win lottery in support of CHEO and the Ottawa Hospital.

format this year, introducing a “Wild Week of Winning.” And instead of giving away one grand prize home – the lottery will make four winners homeowners in Kanata Lakes. “We have a lot of exciting changes,” said Danielle StAubin, vice-president of donor relations with the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

From June 17 to 21, there will be daily draws for: * Five $10,000 prizes * Five $5,000 travel vouchers from Sears Travel * A new vehicle from Myers Automotive Group And on June 21, there will be four grand-prize draws for award-winning Horizon townhomes from Urbandale Con-

struction. “Now that really is a wild week of winning,” said Cheryl Hammond, vice-president of corporate events for the CHEO foundation. Every grand-prize home – located at 252, 254, 256 and 258 Keyrock Dr. – comes completely furnished with appliances and furniture, thanks

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Doctors, nurses and staff at CHEO and the Ottawa Hospital see more than two million patients every year. “They are here in our community when we need them,” said Vanessa Lee, a reporter and anchor with a local television station. “All these reasons (are) why everyone in the community should be supporting (these hospitals).” Funds raised through the We All Win lottery help equip the staff with up-to-date equipment and supports lifesaving research to find cures for diseases. “For me, CHEO will always have a special place,” said Natalie Larocque, Sears regional vice-president of eastern Ontario. Her son was diagnosed with diabetes at a young age. “As a parent you have so many worries,” she said, adding the hospitals help provide peace of mind, knowing patients are getting the best possible care. “We all have a story.” Tickets are $100 each or three for $250. They can be ordered online at, at any major bank, the grandprize townhomes, by mail or by phone at 613-737-4946 or 1-877-730-4946.



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Special needs hockey team lets kids live out their dreams on the ice for some time. He worked with coaching staff over the season, and one day let go of the chair, skating on his own from the blue line to the red line. “He said, ‘Isn’t this awesome? Look at me, I’m awesome,’” Kelly

Program offers players with no other team a home Brier Dodge

EMC news - To live the Canadian dream is most kid’s fantasy, growing up playing hockey to eventually make it to the big leagues and play for their favourite NHL team. For some kids and families, the dream is a bit more modest. The Canadian dream for some parents is to just sit in the arena stands on a Saturday, sipping Tim Hortons, while the kids skate around the rink playing a game. And up until a few years ago, for families of many disabled children in the region, that’s all it was: a dream. But for the last year and a half, parents of 17 disabled youth have been able to get up on Saturday mornings and drive to a rink in Rockland so their kids can take to the ice with the Capital City Condors, an organization founded five years ago in Kanata by Jim and Shana Perkins. “We don’t understand how much it brings to the family,” Jim Perkins said. “It’s part of our culture as a country. Even if it’s a special needs group, the kids love it.” The qualifying details to get on the team are fairly simple. If kids can’t qualify to play for any of the other teams in the city, they can join the Condors. “Hockey is Canada’s sport and every child growing up has dreamt of playing hockey and playing in the

There’s something magical that happens every Saturday. Jeff Kelly Condors east coach


A Capital City Condors player makes a save while playing in net. The east Condors play on Saturdays in Rockland. NHL. It’s no different for these kids,” said Condors East head coach Jeff Kelly. “Up until this program came around, they couldn’t even participate in a regular hockey program.” Jim went to help his father-in-law with special hockey while visiting in Cambridge, Ont. and the family decided to find an equivalent organization in Ottawa to get involved with back home. Problem was, there wasn’t one. The program in Kanata has grown so much, that last year an east-end

Condors group started up at Canadian International Hockey Academy Arena in Rockland, though most players come from Orléans and east Ottawa. The league is home to 17 players and 17 individual stories, said coach Kelly, a retired police officer from Orléans. “I could tell you a story on each and every one of them, and that’s the thing – every week they continue to do things that amaze me.” One player came to the league unable to skate without grasping a chair

said. “So now he’s known as Mr. Awesome, and he has not stepped on ice with a chair ever since.” Mr. Awesome is just one of the kids who have had their dreams come true. “We have little guys that think they’re going to make the Senators,” Perkins said. “They have the same dreams as every other kid.” Perkins said many of the children on the team have spent years watching classmates and siblings off to hockey tournaments and practices, unable to do the same. One player’s parents were even told that he would never walk. And now, when jersey day rolls around at school, the kids can don their Condors jerseys. This year, players were able to do the same thing as many of their classmates during a busy hockey weekend and participate in the Bell Capital Cup, which ran a special hockey di-

vision this year. There is a wide range of ages and abilities stepping on the ice every Saturday. Some kids have physical disabilities, like one player who was born without a hip socket, while others have developmental disabilities. It’s taught coaches to roll with the punches. Two kids want to play goalie? Five kids all want the number of their hero, regular volunteer Kyle Turris? It’s all ok. “What determines success for us, it’s that they’re still smiling,” Perkins said. The current challenge is balancing players who are getting too old to play with some of the younger children, but don’t want to leave their Condors family. They’ve split the groups up in Kanata, but a separate league for older players and adults is the next step for the growing organization. Kelly would like to see the east Condors move to a more central location in the future, but also grow in player numbers as Kanata has. “There are a number of families who probably aren’t aware of this amazing program that’s out there,” he said. Kelly said any parents interested in signing up their kids should visit and contact Perkins and himself to see if it’s a good fit. “They have their health issues and their challenges, but for the hour and a half they’re at the hockey rink, it’s like their NHL,” Kelly said. “There’s something magical that happens every Saturday.”

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Steven Morrison Steven, a 17-year-old Condors player, is this week’s player of the week. He wears number 33 on the ice, and plays forward. ‘I love being on a real team, with new friends,’ he said.


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Grassroots festival expands this year

EMC entertainment - Centretown’s Grassroots festival is returning this year and promises to be bursting with free, fun family activities spread across what is now a two-day event. The Grassroots Festival announced its lineup at Pressed Gourmet Sandwich Bar in Centretown on March 6. After a successful inaugural year, organizer Robert Nesbitt decided to expand the festival’s programming to make it a two-day event taking place on April 27-28 at the Legion Hall located at 330 Kent St. “Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this event,” he said at the launch. Nesbitt said the incredible support he had with the inaugural event last year provided him with the opportunity to expand the festival. “The success of the festival is due in large part to the volunteers, some 65 of them,” he said. “Everyone associated with the festival is a volunteer, except the performers.”

This year Nesbitt said there will be more than 65 volunteers helping with the festival. For music lovers or learners, there is more than 34 hours of free entertainment during the daytime with multiple opportunities to learn a thing or two from some local Ottawa musicians at any of the free workshops and performances during the weekend. In total, there will be 120 musical performances, including a pint-sized choir led by Chris White. “The Sparrows are a group of home-schooled children who wanted to start a choir,” White explained. “One parent called another, and then another, and eventually I was asked to do it.” Michelle Nash/Metroland White, a local musician Anna Chandler-Marlo, Lindsay Groleau and Caitlyn Groleau sing a few songs for the crowd who co-founded the Ottawa at Pressed Gourmet Sandwich Bar on March 7. The girls are part of a new children’s choir, Folk Festival and teaches Sparrows who will be performing at the Grassroots Festival this April 27-28. singing at Algonquin College, said he jumped at the chance kids who are singing a lot of home school parents, who day night are Wendell Ferto work with the choir. guson and Suzie Vinnick, “The neat thing is, is those same songs,” he said. coordinates the group. Six of the Sparrows choir with openers Ana Miura and that my dad actually ran a “It’s a lot of fun.” The choir has 20 members members performed at the Amanda Rheaume. children’s choir when I was On Sunday night the headyoung, which I was a part of, from across the city. White launch. The headliners for Satur- liner is Big Soul Project with and now I am teaching these has help from one of the

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Some of the festival performers attended the March 7 launch, including Missy Burgess and Amanda Bon and the Outskirts. “To be apart of this festival is amazing,” Bon said. Nesbitt, asked many times what a grassroots festival is, explained what he feels this concert and the music associated with it is. “Grassroots means an organization with a voice, members supporting each other and it means family and friends, much like those who are here today,” Nesbitt said. “It means doing something for the community.” Ticket prices are $25 for Saturday night, $15 for Sunday night, and $35 for a weekend pass. More information about the festival is available at

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Grants available for sports for people with a disability EMC news - The Canadian Paralympic Committee invites Canadian sport organizations and clubs to apply for the 2013-14 granting round of both the Para-Equipment Fund and the Recruitment Program Fund. The Para-Equipment Fund delivers grants of up to $5,000 to national and provincial sport organizations as well

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Very few carmakers can look back on a history as long and as storied as Ford’s. With 2013 marking the 150th birthday of its founder, Henry Ford, this global manufacturer will certainly not rest on its laurels as it plans to earn each customer’s loyalty, one experience at a time. A recent interview with Ford of Canada President, Dianne Craig revealed what’s ahead on Ford’s road for 2013. Dianne is looking forward with three main areas of focus: The first is trucks. “Ford will strongly defend our leadership role in the truck market”, stated Ms Craig. Ford’s leadership role in this market segment is unprecedented. Their F-series trucks have not only dominated the competition but in recent history outsold all other passenger cars and light trucks. The CUV/SUV (compact and sport utility vehicles) arena is the next area of focus as Ford enters the first full year with the all-new Escape. This technologically advanced and fuel efficient mover has already won its

share of consumer conquests and the iconic magazine Popular Mechanics recently chose the Escape for their first-ever vehicle of the year award for 2013. Passenger cars are the third ring in Dianne Craig’s target. She notes that January saw a 21% improvement in sales and her team is dedicated to see this trend continue. A lot of help will come from the Lincoln division as it launches new models to challenge the competition in the luxury vehicle market. Overall, Dianne feels that fuel economy will continue to be a major consumer driver in 2013 and she’s very excited that Ford has brought technology to the streets to put them at the top of this crucial yardstick. Their new line of EcoBoost engines along with expanded gasoline/electric hybrids, and all electric vehicles have proved that you don’t have to sacrifice performance and utility while going green. And while on the topic of performance, while other automakers price their personal performance coupes out of the reach of most buyers,

Ford’s Mustang remains true of its legacy of affordable fun. One of Ford’s biggest assets, according to Dianne is their dealer network. Ford’s 433 Canadian retailers represent the most established group in the industry with many stores being family owned and a good number of them under management from the third generation of those families. She proudly states that continued positive consumer experiences with Ford retailers will be one of the biggest differentiators over the competition. And Ford doesn’t rest on this mark of success; they provide the industry’s most extensive and comprehensive training support to dealership owners and employees to keep them ahead of the curve when it comes to customer satisfaction. If all this seems heavily centered on consumers, it is, and it shouldn’t be a surprise given Dianne Craig’s


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EMC news - The Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation was the lucky recipient of $25,000 from the hugely successful HOPE Volleyball Summerfest held last July in Ottawa. Fifty foundation volunteers from across the valley including members of the Manotick Kiwanis Club worked hard on the hottest day of the summer to help make the event run smoothly. The HOPE trees will be planted as seedlings in April 2013 on a large parcel of land in the headwaters of the Jock River in Beckwith Township and will gradually take their place in a new forest of the future. The HOPE Forest will cover just more than six hectares. Every one of those 12,500 trees is a little environmental cleaning ma-

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The plantation provides habitat for wildlife and birds. The new forest itself is a major filter and cleansing system for water that soaks into the ground and feeds our wells and underground water systems. “This huge gift to the people of the Rideau Valley is very much appreciated,” said foundation chair Jason Kelly. “At a time when we seem to be losing trees to agriculture, residential development and disease, the careful planting and tending of these valuable trees is doubly important.”

Les Chatelaines, a Chateauguay, Que. synchronized skating team competes for a medal standing in the pre-novice level at the 2013 Eastern Ontario SynchroSkate Competition at the Nepean Sportsplex on March 2. Three Ottawa skating clubs participated in the event, including the National Ice Caps, March Kanata and Gloucester.

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Ontario’s doctors: junk food tax makes sense

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Building on the break Jeremy Leung, 10, shows off the beginnings of a model log cabin. He was one of the participants in the March Break programming at the Blackburn Hamlet branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The March 12 session had the kids working with staff from Billings Estate to build log cabins and learn about life for kids in the 1800s.

EMC news - The Ontario Medical Association has renewed calls for increased taxes on junk foods and drinks, and for decreased taxes on healthier items. In the fall of 2012, the OMA outlined several recommendations to combat obesity which included putting health warnings on high calorie – low nutrition foods, restricting advertising to children and reducing junk foods in kids’ sports and recreation facilities. Since that time the OMA has been working with government, food and restaurant industry representatives to try to find collaborative ways to improve healthier food policies. The OMA recommended revisiting how foods are taxed because price increases through taxation are proven to have a significant impact on demand, and Ontario’s doctors believe this will help the obesity epidemic. Some criticism of healthbased taxing mechanisms, by the junk food industry and taxpayers’ groups, do not tell the whole story.

The failed Danish “fat tax” often cited as evidence that an obesity prevention tax won’t work, was focused on saturated fat content in foods, not directly on obesity prevention. It was in fact successful at reducing demand and purchase volumes of these products in Denmark, confirming the OMA position that price plays a part. It was not politically sustainable and lessons can be learned from Denmark’s experience. denmark

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EMC news - For four days members of youth centres and organizations from across Canada will gather in Ottawa to celebrate their past and plan for their future. The Unite and Ignite conference will take place at the Travelodge Hotel and Conference Centre, on Carling Avenue, from March 21 to 25. All 10 provinces and the territories will be represented by youth centres from inner cities, rural areas and remote Northern communities, says Les Voakes, executive director for Youth Centres Canada, the conference host. Voakes, who expects about 250 people representing 60 organizations to be present, has been with Youth Centres Canada since it began as a project under Canada’s Drug Strategy 20 years ago. Since then the Youth Centres Canada has grown from a local project to a nationwide organization, with offices in Merrickville, Ottawa, Toronto and Edmonton.

The organization held its first annual conference 15 years ago. “I never thought it would be what it is,” said Voakes “people picked up on it.” Youth Centres Canada’s purpose is to help youth and youth groups in rural areas, towns and small cities. This year the Unite and Ignite conference will represent all of Canada’s coasts with guests from Yellowknife, Iqaluit, P.E.I. and Vancouver, says Voakes. The gathering will focus on discussion and planning aimed at some of the key issues that affect youth. Some issues include violence in women’s lives, bullying, suicide, mental health and substance abuse.

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The conference will also provide time for celebration with several “bragging sessions” scheduled throughout the four days that draw attention to the success of different youth centres.

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EMC news - Janet Clermont, 53, was killed early on March 10 when an allegedly impaired driver ran a stop sign and hit her vehicle. The Rockland resident and grandmother was killed while driving north on Dunning Road in Cumberland. Her Chrysler Sebring was hit by an Infiniti driven by a 24-year-old male going east on Beaton Road. Police say the man didn’t stop at the stop sign, and almost hit one vehicle

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Tickets for the second annual BuildYour-Own Wine Cellar wine and cheese for Valerie’s Flutter Foundation at the Canada Aviation & Space Museum are now available. This is a fantastic evening complete with great food, international wines and beers, dancing, silent auction and a raffle for your very own wine cellar filled with wine. Tickets are $35 at 613-2823044. All proceeds from the evening will be going to cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Are you considering studying Industrial Design at university? Carleton University Masters student, Alena Iouguina, is giving a talk called “Bio Design by Design” at Discovery Café on Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.. Discovery Café is a series of public lectures on the last Friday of the month sponsored by Blackburn Hamlet Community Church, 2598 Innes Rd (between the TD Bank & the Blackburn Arms). Coffee/tea/desserts are provided. Visit for more information. Everyone is invited!

March 23

Barrhaven Family Resource Centre’s children’s used toy, equipment and clothing sale, from 9 a.m. to noon at Jean Robert Gauthier school, 651 Chapman Mills Dr. Cash sales only. Over 20 different organizations, businesses and camps all dedicated to the special needs community will be under the same roof from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jim Durrell Arena, 1265 Walkley Rd. Free admission. Contact:Christina McCormick at 613580-2424, ext. 29291.

March 28

The Ottawa Women’s Canadian

Club luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m., in the ballroom of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. The guest speaker will be Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau. For tickets call Monique Bertrand at 613-737-6075 or visit

Through March 29

Attention graduating students. The Orléans Legion is offering bursaries to graduating students toward their post-secondary education. For eligibility and more information go to pdf. Application forms can be downloaded or picked up at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. All applications must be received at the Orleans Legion by March 29.

April 6 and 7

Maplefest 2013 hosted by the Cumberland Lions Club at 2552 Old Montreal Rd. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with pancakes, sausages, maple syrup, beverages. All the pancakes you can eat: adults are $7, children under 10 are $4, seniors 65-plus are $6. Call 613 265 8299 or visit www. for details.

April 7

Orleans Little League Baseball in person registration at Place d’Orléans Kisok from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Online registration is also open at

Through May 7

The Gloucester Recreation Development Organization offers an eightweek volleyball program for ages nine to 14. Practices will take place at Convent Glen Catholic School from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays. A wrap-up tournament takes place

May 11 at Gloucester High School; lunch included. The total cost for this program is $10. First-time participants will also pay a $20 annual family membership fee. For more information, please contact meagan. or call 613-2037554. Find us on Facebook at www.


Fitness, health and physical activity program for woman on limited income. Woman Alive aims to increase each woman’s capacity to care for her own health at the Blackburn Hamlet Community Hall, 200 Glen Park Dr. Class from 1 to 2 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m. Cost is $1 per class. Call 613-5802782 for information. The Ottawa Pub Dart League plays from October to April at various venues in the city. If you are interested in joining or venue sponsorship, please visit Discover the unique thrill of singing four-part harmony with a group of fun-loving women who enjoy making music together. Regular rehearsals on Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. For information call Muriel Gidley at 613-590-0260 or visit www.


632 Phoenix Royal Air Cadet Squadron meets every Wednesday evening 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph school, 6664 Carriere St. Open to youth age 12 to 18. No registration fee to join, however fundraising is required. Visit for more information.

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Five-pin bowling league encourages senior citizens over the age of 50 to participate in an activity that provides regular moderate exercise. There is no registration fee. The league is a fun, non-competitive league; experience is not required. Bowling takes place each Friday afternoon between 1 and 3 p.m. at Walkley Bowling Centre, 2092 Walkley Rd. Participants are placed on mixed four-person teams. To register, please call Roy or Jean Hoban at 613-731-6526.


Youth and adult summer soccer online registration is now ongoing at Register before March 1 to get the early discounted fees. Call 613-837-9282 or email admin@cumberlandsoccer. com for details. Canadian Organic Growers - Ottawa St Lawrence Outaouais Chapter offers an organic gardening in the city workshop series on eight evenings in April. Practical and affordable. Questions? E-mail ottawachapter@cog. ca. Register at organic-gardening-workshops. Interested in breastfeeding? La Leche League is here for you. Join us in Orléans for French or English meetings on the first Thursday morning of each month to chat with other mothers and mothers-to-be. Get practical information, guidance and support. For more information contact our leaders at Prenatal classes will offered by Ottawa Public Health, in French and English, at Ottawa Public Library branches this winter: Alta Vista, Cumberland, main, Nepean Centrepointe and Stittsville. Online registration is required but programs are free to at-

tend. Visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary. ca or contact InfoService at 613-5802940 or for more information. Are you between 13 and 17 years old? Come and join the Orleans Teen Ski Club this winter for some great skiing and snowboarding. The Orleans Teen Skiing Club is a community based non-profit ski club run by volunteers for the benefit of our members. Check us out at www.otsc. ca for membership benefits and outings. Please contact Ed Geier at 613604-0894 or Jim Yip at 613-830-6402 for more details. Summer soccer in the Orléans, Cumberland or Navan areas for youth and adults online registration is now ongoing. Visit www.cumberlandsoccer. com for all details and register before March 1 to get the early discounted fees. The Gloucester South Seniors’ Chess Club, 4550 Bank St., meets every Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Immediate openings. Please contact Robert MacDougal, 613-821-1930 for more information. Girl Guides of Canada offers programs locally for girls from five to 17 years of age. Meetings, camps, leadership and skills are all part of the opportunities provided. Visit www. The Active Living Club invites active seniors and adults 50-plus to join us in the outdoor activities of hiking, cycling, canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. All outings start at 10 a.m., at different locations in Ottawa-Gatineau, and range from one-and-a-half to three hours. Call City Wide Sports at 613-580-2854 or email cws-psm@ottawa.s Church,

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