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EMC news - In the early ‘90s, Sir Wilfrid Laurier students looked awfully alike. The school included predominantly Caucasian students, with few from other countries. Now, principal Ruggles Prichard said, “It’s a totally different circumstance. We’re as differently coloured as you can imagine.” Today the majority of the student population is non-Caucasian, said International Food Festival organizer and Grade 12 student Anita Mahava. It means that the festival, started in the early 90s following the death of elected student council co-president Delanor Channer to fund an annual bursary awarded in his name, has evolved along with the school. blending students

But the school has managed to blend cultures together in a surprisingly comprehensive way, and celebrates them at the annual event. While the May 9 event was called a food festival, it also featured music, dancing and a fashion show, showing off styles from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and more. The event had ethnic foods from a variety of countries and tap, Indian Persian, Caribbean and belly-dancing. See DIVERSITY, page 3

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The Guinness World Records team once again set the record for most money raised at the Cairine Wilson Secondary School Relay for Life on May 3 at the Navan Fairgrounds. The team had the top fundraising tally for the third year in a row, bringing in $5,180. The team raised money through pledges, a car wash, bake sale and bottle drive.

EMC news - Cairine Wilson Secondary School held their Relay for Life event at the Navan Fairgrounds on May 3 and the Relay for Life event on June 14 has planning well underway. This June the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life in Orléans will celebrate its 10th anniversary with A Walk Down Memory Lane. On June 14 Millennium Park in Orléans will be transformed into a site of celebration and remembrance as teams from across the east end come together to walk around the

track all night long. Relay For Life is a 12hour, overnight, non-competitive event that involves teams of 10 people who take turns walking or running around a track. Teams include families, friends, corporations and communities and they can still register. Cancer survivors and those seeking the opportunity to volunteer for the day of the event are also encouraged to participate and can register online. Events are also happening in downtown, Kanata,

and various high schools and universities across the city to welcome all members of the Ottawa community. Bringing together over 5,000 participants, 500 volunteers, and sponsors from all corners of Ottawa, Relay For Life has a proud tradition of raising over $1 million in the fight against cancer. The relay brings people together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and fight back against the terrible disease. Funds raised through Relay For Life make a difference

and help the Canadian Cancer Society to: • fund life-saving cancer research. • offer information on all types of cancer. • provide support programs to people living with cancer, their families and friends. • advocate for public policies that help prevent cancer and assist those living with it. For more information, call Relay for Life organizers at 613-668-7241 or cashodgins@gmail.com or Facebook at www.facebook. com/RelayForLifeOttawa.

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Connors, the group’s artistic director. “The Fools have always explored unique ways of creating and performing work and this provocative piece fits with our style as it is an interactive, playful, and thoughtprovoking piece of theatre.” Each performance will be like its first, as a different actor reads the script cold at each performance. The actors are not allowed to watch any of the other performances. Catriona Leger will be performing on May 15. “Leading up to my performance, I’m thinking ‘What I am I going to do?’” Leger said. “There are a lot of things going through your mind when

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EMC news - A new play performed by the Company of Fools is aimed to challenge its actors and entice audiences. The group is performing White Rabbit Red Rabbit -- a play outside of Shakespeare’s repertoire which is the troupe’s stock-in-trade -- at the Arts Court Library until May 25. Leading up to the three-week performance, the cast had not rehearsed, had no direction and does not know the script until they first take the stage in front of an audience. “We are excited about this unique opportunity,” said Al

you will be reading something cold, as an actor there is an element of excitement and terror and the rest is left to the gods.” She added that it can also be really exciting. “The door is wide open, you are coming in with no pre-defined ideas and you are in that moment, in that space.” Leger said she hopes the audience will continue to come back to see actor after actor perform. “We have a mix of actors of all different ages,” she said. “There is an opportunity to see 18 completely different shows, all speaking the same text.”

Before and after each show, there is the opportunity for the audience to mingle with the actor and potentially other members of the theatre group. Written by Nassim Soleimanpour, the play explores travel in a different way - to explore a world from the perspective of an individual forbidden to travel. Soleimanpour wrote the play to travel

the world when he couldn’t. The play asks the audience to participate and listen. “We expect some of our fans will be surprised. Although this isn’t our first departure from Shakespeare, they are so few and far between that it feels like a first,” Connors said. The play runs from May 725 at the Arts Court Library,

located at 2 Daly Ave Performances get underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are ‘pay what you can’ at the door or $20 in advance at Eventbrite.ca. The Fools will get the annual summer Shakespeare in the park performances underway with the Merry Wives of Windsor in Strathcona Park on July 3.

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Even though the club that normally runs the event, the Evolving Spiritual Nurturing Cultural Equality Club, didn’t gather this year because of teachers’ labour relations issues, it was important enough for students that several decided to take charge and make sure the event still happened. Mahava worked with the Grade 11 leadership course she helped teach as a co-op student to run the event, along with co-organizers Jessica Massaad, Alisar Bawab and Mary Lamkin. The school has a large Lebanese, Persian and Somali population, Mahava said. Holding the event helps celebrate cultures instead of making them a taboo thing to talk about. “I’ve been in it since Grade 9, I love it,” Bawab said of the event. Her family donates food from their Orléans Lebanese restaurant for the festival. “They can see the music, the food, the dancing. They can see what other countries have to offer.” Bawab said she enjoys sharing her culture with her fellow students, because wearing a hijab already makes her cultural differences stand out. But since Sir Wilfrid Laurier is used to having so many students from different backgrounds, there’s a tolerant atmosphere. acceptance

“In the cafeteria, I don’t even have to tell them I don’t want bacon on my breakfast sandwich – they just know I can’t have it,” she said. Mary Lamkin is participating in borrowed Pakistani dress to celebrate a close friend’s culture, after experiencing it at birthday parties and frequent visits to her friend’s family home. “I thought it would be really cool to represent her culture,” she said. “Here, we’re more comfortable with different situations.” Sir Wilfrid Laurier doesn’t have an English as a second

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Top, from left, Daanish Malik in clothing from Pakistan, Osman Wais, dressed in clothing from Dubai and Moe Ashour, in clothing from Saudi Arabia, took part in the fashion show during the International Food Festival at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School. Bottom, from left, are student event organizers Jessica Massaad, in clothing from Pakistan, Anita Mahava, Alisar Bawab, and Mary Lamkin, also in clothing from Pakistan. The International Food Festival, which also featured dance and music, was held on May 9. language program, so the language barrier that some of Ottawa’s more diverse schools face hasn’t been an issue for the Orléans school. But teachers have adapted to working around different cultural holiday schedules. You’re unlikely to have a test

or heavy work day on Persian New Year, or at the end of Ramadan, a Muslim practice that involves fasting. The school also has a prayer room to accommodate students who need to pray during school times. Prichard says he’s taught in

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EMC news - The city wants residents’ feedback on its proposal for dealing with wildlife conflicts within city limits, but West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry thinks the issues just require common sense. The city has been picking away at a wildlife strategy since early 2010, when council ordered a review following a series of issues with coyotes. Since then, a number of moose have had to be destroyed and urban sprawl has introduced suburban homes to areas that have habitats for animals like wild turkeys. The strategy proposing a “balanced and humane approach” will be considered by the city’s agriculture and rural affairs committee at a yetto-be-determined date. The biggest thing missing from the discussion about managing wildlife in Ottawa is the responsibility residents must take in living alongside wildlife if they choose to reside in a

rural or semi-rural area, El-Chantiry said. “You’re dwelling in an area that wildlife used to call their home. They still think it’s their home,” he said. Indeed, the city’s draft wildlife strategy emphasizes that many human-wildlife conflicts can be prevented or solved by better understanding the dynamic. “Many conflicts result from carelessness or lack of knowledge of private citizens and public officials regarding the needs and behaviours of wildlife, especially urban wildlife.  Property owners may inadvertently create the conditions that attract wildlife and put them at risk,” the proposed strategy reads. The West Carleton councillor said he gets frustrated when he hears stories about residents offering piles of feed in their yard to attract deer. Not only does that encourage animals to roam around inhabited areas and potentially cause danger, it makes them reliant on humans and unable to survive on their own.

Most problems can be prevented by avoiding those types of activity, El-Chantiry said. “We don’t need to have a strategy,” he said. “But I am willing to learn if someone can come up with a bright idea. Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson, who heads the agricultural and rural affairs committee and has served as the polticial leadership on the issue, did not return repeated phone calls. The Ontario Wildlife Coalition slammed Thompson in a press release on May 1. “In case anyone was under the illusion that the City of Ottawa was going to mirror other modern cities and adopt a progressive approach to wildlife, that illusion came crashing down when Mayor Watson handed the strategy to Coun. Doug Thompson”, stated coalition member Anita Utas, a resident of Stittsville. Utas cites Thompson’s support of a coyote cull as a sign that Thompson’s leadership in the issue means the city is not willing to seek out

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protected as threatened or endangered species under the provincial Endangered Species Act. The strategy suggests the city is missing opportunities to promote its natural character. “How many residents of Ottawa know that moose live within a 15minute drive of Ottawa city hall, or that Lac Deschênes is recognized as a globally significant bird area, or that 52 species at risk can be found within the city’s boundaries?” the draft strategy reads. “How many of Ottawa’s visitors or potential visitors know that they can paddle past turtles and herons on the shores of the idyllic Mississippi River or the Morris Island Conservation Area, fish for muskellunge within walking distance of Parliament Hill, picnic and pick berries on the Carp Hills Rock Barrens, or identify the winter tracks of fishers and otters in the woods and wetlands of the Marlborough Forest?  Ottawa is blessed with an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitats, easily accessible to the public, of which it could and should boast.” The strategy suggests doing that by planning an urban wildlife speaker series and additional school outreach and more information on the city’s website, ottawa.ca.

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Pass it on St. Peter High School senior boys rugby players, from left, John Shaw, Patrick Fitzgerald, Ben Amoah, Evan Jacobs, Miguel Palomino and Kyle Jaworski load up a schoolbus full of boxes of food to take to the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre on May 9. St. Peter High School runs the massive canned food drive every year, and students who weren’t busy filling the bus for multiple trips walked from the school to the Centrum Drive resource centre to hand deliver cans of food.

Volunteer ‘scientists’ can help stream clean-up EMC news - The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is looking for volunteer “scientists” to help monitor, protect and clean up Ottawa streams. The monitoring program is part of City Stream Watch run by the RVCA, and a training session for interested volunteers will be held on Saturday, May 25, to introduce them to the basic techniques of being a stream scientist. “If you’ve ever wanted to be a citizen scientist, then now’s the perfect time to get involved,” said Chelsey Ellis, City Stream Watch co-ordinator. “All necessary equipment is provided and there is no cost to volunteers. People can choose which stream or streams they wish to work on over the summer.” This year the program is collecting data on Cranberry Creek in Kars, Hunt Club Creek in Ottawa South, Ramsay Creek in Gloucester, Borthwick Creek in Gloucester and Voyageur/West Bilberry Creek in Orleans. The 2013 sampling season will focus on recording basic natural

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he signs of spring are many in Ottawa. Tulips are in bloom, joggers and cyclists are more common sights along the canal and restaurant patios are once again becoming an afternoon destination. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely something else in the air this spring, however. There are a few more little red flags perched on the tops of cars, there are a more red T-shirts and jerseys marked by a distinctive Spartan logo adorning passers-by, and the streets and shops are a little more barren at around 7 p.m. every other evening. Yes, hockey fever has hit Ottawa a bit harder this spring. The Ottawa Senators eased past the Montreal Canadiens in five games last week, including a pair of raucous encounters at Scotiabank Place. For those without tickets, fans filled bars, restaurants and living rooms across the city to watch games on TV. The Sens Mile, the nickname given to Elgin Street come playoff time, is once again an exuberant, festive gathering place for both hardcore fans and fair-weather faithful alike. Securing passage to the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs will only draw larger crowds.

The city once dubbed the worst sports city in Canada is once again showing how off the mark such a comment was. It is times like these, when a city institution becomes something more than just a local curiosity, that the true value of sports teams becomes apparent. It turns everyone wearing Senators garb into a friendly face. It gives everyone at school or the office a chance to talk about something that is exciting and current, allowing people to cast aside their everyday worries and fears for a few fleeting weeks. But it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen every year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the last time the Senators won a playoff round was 2007, when they reached the Stanley Cup final â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and it only occurs in the springtime. Ottawans have only one hometown rooting interest when it comes to professional team sports so far, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about to change. By the end of 2014, there will be a couple more players on the block in the form of Canadian Football League and North American Soccer League franchises. It will take a while for Ottawa fans to warm to their new clubs, but all it will likely take is a good postseason run to capture the sporting imagination. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enjoy these days: they are part of what adds a splash of colour to the fabric of our city.

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s much as people would like to have the whole thing over with, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely that the public controversy over the west-end LRT route will go on and on. Already, city councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vote on the subject has been delayed by more than a month. Ostensibly thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to allow for more community consultation. You can bet that more delays are to come. Rome wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paved in a day. So we can talk about it some more. Today, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk about the romanticizing of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or the Western Parkway, as it used to be known in less politicized times. To hear the National Capital Commission discuss it, in dismissing any talk of trains on the route, the parkway is one step removed from a wildlife refuge: a sea of green beside the river, the quiet broken only by the sounds of birds singing, the only signs of movement the leisurely pace of walkers and the silent glide of bicyclists. Clearly, in the NCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view, to put trains there would be to destroy a beauteous ecosystem. Well, the NCC hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been out there when people are heading in to work in the morning and heading home in the afternoon. Then,

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town instead of a sea of green, it becomes a sea of cars, ripping along at 80 kilometres per hour, often more, except when they are jammed up into long, motionless, exhaust-spewing lines waiting to turn onto the Champlain Bridge. Oh, yes, and buses, lots of buses, also disturb the wildlife refuge. It thins out quite a bit during off-peak hours and on the weekends, but the parkway is still the preferred route downtown for a lot of west-enders. In many ways, whatever its noble origins, whatever the lofty ideals of those who manage it, the parkway has become just a road, just another thing named after Sir John A. It is not sacred ground. Perhaps it once was. I should note that I live about a seven-minPublished weekly by:

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native either, have strongly supported Carling Avenue as a light rail route. It can certainly be argued that the street is such a mess anyway that nothing could make it worse. So why not put light rail there? However, a convincing case has been set out, most recently in a lengthy Citizen article, that a light rail route using Carling would be logistically difficult in spots and prohibitively expensive, unless construction involved no bridges or tunnels. With the number of stoplights involved, the speed attained would be no greater than a streetcar. Hmmm, streetcars. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t some other cities have those? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we wish we still did?

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n the wake of Rehtaeh Parsonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; death, people came out to condemn her alleged attackers and the justice system that failed her. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s normal. What few people want to recognize, however, is what Christie Blatchford controversially pointed out in a recent Postmedia column -- that the case against the alleged rapists was too flimsy to stand up in court. At root of this case, however, is not the alleged rape itself, but what happened in the aftermath. That social media exists is central to the Parsons story. That teenagers use it to post compromising photos of themselves and others without thinking of the consequences is the biggest problem because it makes cyber-bullying difficult to legislate and even harder to prove. The unfortunate reality is that many alleged victims of cyber-bullying are wilfully engaging in the circulation of images and comments that ultimately lead to their own downfall. The lines between cyberbullying and wilful engagement are thus horribly blurred in the eyes of the law. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredibly trivial by comparison, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine if iPhones had existed when I fell off a cooler and passed wind at a party in Grade

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9. I was mortified as it was. The memory haunted me throughout my high school years, as it frequently came up in jokes or conversation within my social circle. (Yeah, I was the girl who fell off a cooler and farted â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in front of the boy I had a crush on, no less). Fortunately, social media didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist because had a photo or video ended up going viral, my life surely would have changed forever. Although extroverted, I was actually incredibly insecure as a teen. A permanent record of that event probably would have sunk me. Under the law, then and now, it would be difficult for someone to suggest that a video of me farting was â&#x20AC;&#x153;bullying,â&#x20AC;? even more so if I had posted it myself as some kind of defence mechanism. (He who laughs first, laughs last, etc.). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frightening that, at the most insecure and vulnerable times in their lives, many teenagers feel it necessary to put every minute detail about themselves -- real or

imagined -- out there to be publicly lauded or condemned. Social media isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going away anytime soon. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no point in an all-out ban. Anyone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever suggested a teenager do anything healthy -- like turn off Facebook -knows, more likely than not, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do completely the opposite As a society, however, we have a responsibility to dig deep and try to make the correlations -- if there are some -- between social media, â&#x20AC;&#x153;bullying,â&#x20AC;? teenage depression and suicide. But rather than focus on those who may or may not be vindictively circulating the photos, we need to shift our focus to the majority of kids, the ones who are most likely the victims and we need to teach them to use these tools wisely. Rather than giving our toddlers touchscreens indiscriminately to keep them entertained, we need to take the time as parents to demonstrate and explain the capabilities and the power of these technologies. Perhaps the most difficult part of this will be convincing this generation of digital natives that there are consequences to their actions lasting far beyond the click of a button. For Parsonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; family, the consequences were too great to bear. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make sure she has not died in vain.

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Facts, figures and statistics Interesting how the numbers thrown around by MPP Phil McNeely are all over the map but always lead back to the same conclusion, namely that our real estate investments in OrlĂŠans have gone to pot. We all agree that the loss of jobs or relocation of employers can have an adverse impact on our finances. However, the latest figures about the number of National Defence employees who actually live in OrlĂŠans (but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work here) and who may be affected by the NDHQ move to the former Nortel site show a less dire effect than Mr. McNeely projected. In fact, Phil McNeely conveniently overlooks the new jobs being located in the east end where approximately 5,000 federal employees in national security are being located in the vicinity of Blair Road. Indeed these jobs are further east and more convenient for OrlĂŠans residents than any previous government installations (other than the former LETE site on St. Joseph). Moreover, these facilities provide an opportunity for spinoffs in the high-tech security field that one would expect the private sector

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EMC news - With the fate of their governing status riding on opposition approval, area Liberal MPPs gathered at the Argyle Street YMCA on May 3 to tout the beneďŹ ts of their social-justice-heavy 2013 Ontario budget. Ottawa West MPP Bob Chiarelli joined Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, OttawaVanier MPP Madeleine Meilleur, Ottawa-Orleans MPP Phil McNeely and GlengarryPrescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack for the overview. Reduced to a minority government in the 2011 election and battling claims of ďŹ nancial irresponsibility which continue in the form of the ongoing gas-plant cancellation scandal, the Ontario Liberals need the NDPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support to pass the $127.6 billion bud-

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Chiarelli touted a health care investment aimed at seniors, which he said will provide relief for caregivers and increased independence for the elderly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our plan will increase investment in home and community care by more than

$700 million by 2015-2016,â&#x20AC;? said Chiarelli. The budget states this would help 46,000 more people receive home-based health care. Though the Greater Toronto Area is the focus of a transitfunding strategy employing high-occupancy toll lanes, the Ottawa area would see two cents per litre of the existing gas tax returned to the municipality for transit improvements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The provincial investment of two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenue has yielded $2.2 billion for public transit systems in Ontario since 2004,â&#x20AC;? said McNeely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, this delivered â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for Ottawa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $34 million.â&#x20AC;? Meilleur stressed â&#x20AC;&#x153;the importance of building a fairer society,â&#x20AC;? announcing new funding for developmental services and changes for the Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Programs that allow recipients to keep $200 from monthly earnings. The improvements would be funded by a $400 million investment over three years. For a single, childless ODSP

or Ontario Works recipients, that means they would see their monthly cheque grow by $20. Meilleur was asked what that increase would mean to a recipient. RIGHT DIRECTION

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It means a lot for them, because they have been asking for that,â&#x20AC;? said Meilleur. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a big gap, so it is not going to be ďŹ lled overnight â&#x20AC;Ś . It is modest, I recognize, but it is going in the right direction.â&#x20AC;?

Naqvi, the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new labour minister, described his governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $295 million Youth Jobs Strategy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a twoyear initiative aimed at creating 30,000 job opportunities for youth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This strategy would connect young people with careers they can build on,â&#x20AC;? said Naqvi, laying out the structure of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;comprehensiveâ&#x20AC;? program, which includes a youth employment fund, youth jobs strategy, youth entrepreneurship fund and youth innova-

tion fund. In response to a question that referenced criticism of the Liberalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; programming implementation from their former economic strategist Don Drummond, Naqvi said the government is meeting 60 per cent of Drummondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations and achieving results in deďŹ cit reduction. See LOCAL, page 12

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“Part of that exercise…is to look at our programs, to see that we are implementing programs in a manner that they are delivering and producing results,” said Naqvi. “This youth jobs strategy very much comes from the work the jobs and prosperity council has done, which is made up of eminent business leaders, economists, and members of the labour sector. We will work with them to ensure the principles (and) the fundamentals of the youth jobs strategy really meet the needs in the community.” The implementation timeline for the strategy is not clear at this time. Of billions in infrastructure money outlined in the budget, $100 million of it is earmarked for roads and bridges in rural areas. In response to a question, Chiarelli said the guidelines for distributing that money have yet to be crafted, but stated municipalities who have plans already in place stand better chances of receiving funding. In the Ottawa area, ongoing projects are receiving funding previously agreed to by the province -- among them the Confederation Line LRT project and the Highway 417 widening. No new specific expenditures have been announced, though demand remains high in Ottawa for

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“I think it’s a virtual certainty that, on the basis of three level of government participation, the province will be at the table.” Chiarelli stated it is possible that, if the budget is passed, the same HOV strategy that is being applied to the GTA region could be applied to Highway 417 for transit funding purposes. Such a move would only come after the pilot project in Toronto is

studied. Questioned about NDP leader Andrea Horwath’s non-committal attitude towards the budget the previous evening, Chiarelli spoke of the many meetings that have occurred between the Liberals and NDP, as well as his party’s need conduct itself in line with its minority standing. Following the October 2011 provincial election, then-premier Dalton McGuinty declared his government to be a “major minority” before announcing his resignation and proroguing the legislature a year later. Chiarelli also slammed the Ontario PC’s for preemptively withdrawing their support without having seen the budget. As for Horwath, Chiarelli said he understood her need to ensure what was being laid out in the budget was not just down-the-road promises, though his statement seemed to end with a veiled warning to Horwath about how a negative response could rile her supporter base. “The substance is there, the money is there, the commitment is there to honour what the NDP has asked for,” said Chiarelli. “I believe there would be a lot of very disappointed people across the province, including a lot of supporters of the NDP – including the unions – if she doesn’t support the initiatives she asked for.”

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EMC news - The opposition Ontario PC party left the governing Liberals to woo the NDP for budget support following meetings with Premier Kathleen Wynne that failed to produce supportable fiscal action. That’s the claim made by Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod following last week’s release of the 2013 provincial budget, which the Progressive Conservatives are vowing not to support. Left with only a minority in the legislature following the 2011 election, the Liberals are hoping for NDP support to pass their $126.7 billion budget and avoid an election. Following the selection of Wynne as Liberal leader in January, MacLeod said PC leader Tim Hudak met with the premier five times to discuss his party’s vision for a budget that included serious debt-reduction measures. Ideas put forward regarding reduced expenditures weren’t acted upon, she said. “It became clear to us that it wasn’t a budget we could support,” said MacLeod. “The only way to get out of the red and into the black is through a change of government. The longer we have debt pressures in Ontario the more vulnerable our services will be.” Items added to the Ontario budget to attract NDP support included increased spending on social services and a 15 per cent reduction in auto insurance rates. The forecasted deficit for this year is $11.7 billion, with provincial debt

projected to rise to over $300 billion by 20152016. MacLeod stated the current debt load for a child born into the province is $20,000, and that debt is only forecast to rise, making interest payments a bigger part of the annual budget and taking away from other expenditures. “The level of spending is unsustainable,” said MacLeod. NDP support

With budget’s fate riding on the approval of NDP leader Andrea Horwath, who has stated she’s currently sitting on the fence in terms of supporting it, MacLeod said Horwath’s future credibility could at stake. “If (Horwath) supports the Liberals, she’ll lose credibility in the eyes of the public -- and there’s no appetite to prop up this government,” said MacLeod. “I think if she chooses to prop up the government she can no longer discuss the power plant issue or the plight of the middle class in this province.” At the moment, the only party with a platform championing debt reduction is the PCs, said MacLeod, adding that while their platform might not make them the most popular party on the ballot, they are advocating the measures out of “responsibility.” No date has been set for a budget vote, though MacLeod said it seems likely to fall on the week following the May 24 weekend.

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EMC news - The National Capital Commission has given the green light to plans that will see an update to the facade of the Rideau Centre. Cadillac Fairview, owner of the downtown shopping centre, has proposed changes that will affect the facade on portions of Rideau Street, Colonel By Drive, Nicholas Street and McKenzie King Bridge. Christopher Hoyt, the senior architect overseeing the project, presented the recommendations to the NCC board at a recent meeting. The presentation included preliminary

images of revamped Rideau Street and Mackenzie King entrances, an updated pedestrian bridge between the shopping centre and the Hudson’s Bay store on the opposite side of Rideau, and a new garage entrance on Nicholas Street. The commission does not own the land, but a restrictive covenant was part of the 1981 sale to then-owners of the property, the Viking Rideau Corporation. which states any alterations to the exterior or new structures built are subject to the approval of the NCC. The covenant affects the facade along Rideau Street and Sussex Avenue, Colonel By Drive, portions of Nicholas

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Street, portions of Mackenzie King Bridge and the rooftop terrace near Mackenzie King Bridge. Hoyt said signage for the building was not approved and would need to be discussed at a later meeting. The proposed plans were well received by the NCC board and were unanimously approved. The board, however, did consider whether the roof-top terrace needed to remain as a NCC-operated property. Fred Gaspere, director of federal approvals and environmental management for the NCC, said commission staff have recommended the mall

concerns about safety and pedestrian use Rideau Street will improve. The board approved the preliminary designs with the following conditions * That the west elevation of the project at Colonel By Drive be developed further and in accordance with upcoming NCC guidelines for naming and signage and that drawings for this elevation be reviewed by the NCC for approval. • That Cadillac Fairview provide a detailed construction schedule for the project to the NCC for review. • That the roof terrace plans and detailed design be provided to the NCC for review.

• That the building design and construction drawings, specifications, and material samples as pertaining to roofscape, building envelope, site and landscape development be provided to the NCC for review for major drawing issues. • That the property owner obtain for permission to alter The Transportation building, also known as 10 Rideau St., prior to any construction under the terms of the Ontario Heritage Act. • That the Parks Canada standards and guidelines be respected as they pertain to development along the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site.

Mayor’s Rural Expo Join CFRA and CTV Morning Live for these feature events: • 7 to 9 a.m. $5 Pancake Breakfast, supplied by Proulx Maple and Berry Farm and Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rural Expo Booths: Get a glimpse of rural businesses, festivals, artisans and more • 10:30 a.m. Celebrity Cow Milking Competition #1 • 12:30 p.m. Celebrity Cow Milking Competition #2 • 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food Aid BBQ hosted by The Works ($10 buys a special Food Aid Burger, chips and drink in support of Food Aid) • Live Music Entertainment

Mayor Jim Watson invites you to get the flavour of what’s happening in Ottawa’s rural communities – and help the Ottawa Food Bank Friday, May 31 Ottawa City Hall Rain or shine!

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At the Cardinal Creek Community Association’s annual general meeting, volunteer Sylvain Maheu was honoured as volunteer of the year for work with communications for the association. The May 2 meeting recognized Maheu for all his work, especially with the association’s website. “We didn’t know what a jewel we had,” said association president Sean Crossan. “We didn’t realize he had all these graphic design skills, and he’s bilingual.” The association also presented rink volunteers with a new generator for the Cassia Rink. DANGEROUS DRIVING

Residents discussed the advance green light at Trim Road, where Portobello Boulevard changes to Springridge Drive. Drivers at the meeting agreed that the intersection poses a safety risk. Because Trim Road is the dividing line between councillors Bob

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Crossan said that building the Neighbuorhood Watch program is a priority for the association moving forward.

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Nifty Fifty Gloucester High School graduates, current and former staff reunited on May 3 and 4 for the school’s 50th reunion. The reunion included decade rooms through the school, sports and music activities, and a dinner.

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NDP press to lower car insurance premiums Patricia Leboeuf

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Various stakeholders have identified that preventing fraud is an integral piece to cutting down premiums for all. Fraud costs the industry between $750 million and $1.5 billion annually. Insurance companies are also wrapped in yards of red tape. They must apply to a regulatory body to change a premium rate whether to increase or decrease it. The process is slow and cumbersome and can take up to six months to get a reply, said MacLaren. Appealing a claim is also a tedious process, with customers often waiting up to a year for a response. Imposing a mandatory slash in premiums could do more harm than good by eliminating competition and the root causes of the problem would still be there, said MacLaren. “We have to do the tough work of getting rid of the fraud, getting rid of the red tape and providing a truly competitive environment for private companies,” he said. “The marketplace will reward us with lower premiums.” The NDP has countered that the party supports reducing fraud but that reductions in 2010 have already cut the number of cases and cost significantly. “It shouldn’t be contingent on further fraud reduction measures,” said Singh. “I think that’s a red herring, a politic of distraction. I think we should see those changes now. We are more than happy to implement more fraud reduction policies down the road but those should be tied in to more reductions.” The Liberal government has agreed to add the motion to the province’s yearly budget, but it was a hard sell. Petitions were signed, city halls were visited and a grassroots movement was built and finally was accepted. “All those things together, I think worked in finally putting pressure,” he added. The provincial budget is planned to be approved at the end of April, but customers could start feeling the effects within a year. “People will start feeling it during their renewal,” said Singh.


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River councillor wants penalties for shoddy contractors Laura Mueller

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EMC news - Coun. Maria McCrae says holding subpar contractors to account is at the top of her priority list this spring. At an April 24 city council meeting, the River Ward councillor asked city staff to look into what kind of penalties are in place – or could be adopted – to punish contractors that don’t live up to the terms of their deals to work with the city. “In general, I am very curious to know what the process is that our municipality either has in place or that council could put in place to create an environment whereby contractors who have been on a city project and duly accepted a contractual arrangement with the city and are spending taxpayer money … that they are held to account,” McRae said. That means ensuring that contractors perform to the specifications laid out in their contracts, but also that the city “has the ability to seek whatever legal penalties are available to us,” when those conditions aren’t met, McRae said. It’s not the first time in recent memory that a councillor has taken a run at the issue. In 2011, council passed a motion geared at blacklisting suppliers or

contractors whose services aren’t up to snuff. Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais launched that motion after a contractor error led to several recreational facilities being closed at once, rather than staggered closures to minimize how many centres had to be closed at once. “I think that was the tip of the discussion about it,” McRae said. “I think that could be part of the remedies that are available to the municipality. But I think it’s about accountability and it’s about making sure that our corporation is protecting the interests of our residents.” A similar topic was under discussion last summer after transit commissioners were miffed after discovering that no penalty clause was included in the contract to develop a mobile app for OC Transpo. At that time, the city’s supply branch said it uses a number of strategies to ensure that its contracts are properly managed and delivered on time, including: • Requiring various forms of security • Obtaining a pre-determined sum to mitigate financial risk • Requesting production schedules • Monitoring supplier performance through an e-procurement database.

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A mini-revolution is brewing in North America. The approach is called “Progressive Tennis.” It is imported from European countries such as France and Belgium where it was used to successfully develop players like Justine Henin-Hardenne and Olivier Rochus. Progressive Tennis uses a systematic progression of court sizes, balls, and racquets, to scale the game down to an appropriate level for 5-10 year olds. Modified racquets and balls are not new. The equipment has been around for a while, as has the “graduated length” concept. Coaches have used bits and pieces for years seeing the advantage from the perspective of success, fun and safety. The difference this time is that all these elements have been brought together in a much more systematic way than ever before. Tennis companies now carry the full line of half-court and ¾-court progressive equipment including graduated, balls, racquets, lay down lines and nets. The power of the progressive tennis system is that it allows players to play quickly and successfully. In Progressive Tennis, the philosophy is that tennis is a great and fun game to play and the quicker and more skillfully a player can play the more fun it is. Each stage not only has specific equipment to aid success, but particular skills to develop as well. It is recommended a Game-Based Approach be used. The coach’s job is to get them to play, and help them learn to play better. Simply put, “Progressive Tennis” is used as a developmental tool to allow young children to improve their overall tennis skills faster so they can transition to the regular court with more ease. The OTA, NCTA, City of Ottawa and all of our clubs are committed to helping you and your children play this great game. Sean Sweeney OTA Regional Chair said that: “All of us are committed to helping introduce over 25 000 new kids to the game of tennis by Dec 2013”. So, call or drop by one of our great clubs below and get started today. You too can crush Milos and his 242KM serve. Well maybe not but you can have a great time trying.

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Play on Cairine Wilson Secondary School students Megan Francoeur, Grade 12, left, and Meghan Bryson, Grade 11, right, pose with international soccer referee Carol Anne Chenard, who hails from Orléans and got her start referring soccer at one of the same fields the girls play on. Chenard spoke to the players during the Right to Play soccer tournament held at the Hornet’s Nest on April 26, a girls tournament that hosted Colonel By, Nepean and Osgood high schools.

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• Tennis is rapidly growing and is becoming more popular every year. Over 600,000 new players have started playing tennis since 2010 in Canada. • In Ottawa there is 1 tennis court for every 4,300 people. The National average is 1 person every 10,000. • The biggest area of tennis growth is with children under 12.

WHAT IS THE ONTARIO TENNIS ASSOCIATION?

• The Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) is a non profit organization that promotes participation in tennis as part of a healthy lifestyle and encourages the pursuit of excellence for all players. • Their #1 goal is to attract more people to play and support tennis on a sustained basis. • For more information go to www.tennisontario.com

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EMC news - Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chinatown will become a hotbed of art, food and culture during a May 18 street celebration. Now in its ďŹ fth year, Chinatown Remixed is a growing one-day event that brings together Somerset Street West businesses with Ottawa artists of all mediums. From restaurants and groceries to medical ofďŹ ces and laundromats, local businesses open their doors to artists and patrons as a way of celebrating the cultural uniqueness of the neighbourhood. The street celebration ends appropriately with an outdoor after-party held at Shanghai Restaurant. Donald Kwan, co-owner of Shanghai, co-founded the non-proďŹ t collective that has run Chinatown Remixed

since its inception in 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year there are 40 different venues, paired with 40 visual artists,â&#x20AC;? said Kwan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are video installations, artists working with sound, sculptural elements â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really diverse crosssection of the arts scene.â&#x20AC;? The celebration receives funding and support from both the city and the Somerset Street Chinatown BIA. Kwan, who has an art history background, took his skill in curating the space inside his restaurant and decided to apply it to the whole Chinatown community. At ďŹ rst, he ďŹ gured it would be difďŹ cult bringing enough artists on board. He was proven wrong, as the event is attracting more artists than space allows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every year we do a call-out for (artistic) submissions in January and this year we had over 100,â&#x20AC;? said Kwan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think the talent pool in Ottawa

wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be that strong, but each year it gets larger and larger.â&#x20AC;? A jury of ďŹ ve artists invites talent from the arts community and makes the annual selections. The 40 artists involved in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event are proďŹ led on the website www.chinatownremixed.ca, alongside a map showing what establishments they will showing in. The printable map allows participants to get the most out of their May 18 experience. Food and beverage factors into the street experience as well, as restaurants will have goodies on hand and Kitchesippi Beer Company will be handing out samples of its new soda line while sponsoring (and fueling) the main stage at Shanghai Restaurant. Chinatown Remixed runs from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 18, with the musical after party running from 5 p.m. to COURTESY OF CHINATOWNREMIXED.CA 10:30 p.m. The works of art will re- With art, music and food on every corner, the Chinatown Remixed main in the businesses all month. celebration will lure residents to Somerset Street West on May 18.





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EMC news - The already delayed Strandherd-Armstrong bridge wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be completed until September of 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; more than a year after it was scheduled to be done. The latest hiccup comes after almost a year of delays following the original contractor entering receivership. Work on the $48-million project was halted after Concreate USL, the Bolton, Ont.-based contractor the city hired to build the bridge, went into receivership in late March of 2012. The city says several issues have contributed to the latest delay. Delivery of the bridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arches was late. The complex nature of the welding and prep work needed before the bridge can be moved into place over the Rideau River is also slowing the project down, according to a press release from the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am disappointed by the news that further delays are impacting the completion date for the StrandherdArmstrong bridge and the inconvenience this is causing to the residents of Ottawa,â&#x20AC;? Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches said in the press release. Construction of the bridge is more than 70 per cent completed, Desroches said in the statement. Last March, the city said the bridge was 60 per cent done. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;major portionâ&#x20AC;? of the welding

work is now completed. The contractor does plan to launch the bridge into its ďŹ nal position over the river this summer. The next step will be to pour the concrete. That is scheduled for the spring of 2014. The City of Ottawa will use its $23-million performance bond to ensure that that the Strandherd-Armstrong bridge is completed at no extra cost to taxpayers. The contractor will also have to compensate the city for damages starting September 1, 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the original date the company was contractually obligated to complete

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Strandherd-Armstrong bridge across the Rideau River linking the communities of Riverside South and Barrhaven. The Riverside South Community Association, whose residents will beneďŹ t from the bridge when it is opened, said it is worried about the latest developments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously we are concerned,â&#x20AC;? Scott Hodge, president of the association, said last spring. Hodge said the delay could affect a lot of the commercial growth that is currently planned in Riverside South based on the projections of the bridge being in place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there is a major delay in the bridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening, we may see some

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Aside from promoting healthy living, the foundation provides support for people who are in kidney failure, going through dialysis or kidney recipients in other ways, including financial support and hosting activities and fundraising events.

The bicycle festival is a two-day event which promotes all things cycling in this city. With multiple events taking place over the weekend, the 2013 Capital Vélo Fest Tour La Nuit is a riding event along the Rideau Canal where participants can elect to raise funds for the foundation. Hill said the foundation is not stuck to a numbered amount. “It’s not about how much we can raise, so much as that we want to raise money for the cause,” Hill said. Riders can sign up to help out the foundation by contacting Hill at 613-299-4801 or by visiting the foundation’s website at www.kidney.ca.

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Bettina Iraci’s 12 year-old son Dawson is currently experiencing kidney failure and has relied on the Kidney Foundation of Canada for support. The foundation has partnered with Capital Vélo Fest bike festival to help raise money and awareness.

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forget. Little did I know how truthful those words would turn out to be. If I had had an ounce of brains I would have headed for the hay loft. But Emerson made this venture sound so exciting, I was soon waiting to see what he had in mind. We went behind the house where the summer kitchen was attached to the wood shed. Father kept a stepladder there to patch the roof when the leaks got so bad Mother threatened to head back to New York if he didn’t fix them. The shed roof was flat as a plate, and Emerson said it was from that very roof I was going to have the experience of a lifetime. Had I been a bit smarter, I would have known what he was up to with the big black umbrella in his hand, ordering me up the ladder. He was right behind me, making it impossible for me to change my mind.

He opened the umbrella, which I thought was as big as a tent and ushered me to the very back of the shed roof. He took a piece of paper out of his overall pocket. He unfolded it and scanned it as if it held some important information. All I could see was a bunch of lines and what looked like clouds. Emerson squinted, spit on his thumb and held it in the air. I had no idea what he was doing. “Perfect,” he said. “Now you hold this umbrella as high as you can over your head and run – and I mean run – and when you hit the end of the roof, you’ll go sailing off just like an aeroplane. The umbrella will carry you. I’d love to do it first, but I think I’m a bit too heavy. According to my drawings, you are the perfect weight to go soaring through the air. And don’t worry about landing – you’ll land in the grass beside the pump.” I looked at my brother, looked at the roof and looked up into the open umbrella. Before I could voice my objections, Emerson gave me a shove and I was off and running. I hit the edge of the roof in two seconds and me and umbrella were airborne. Well, it didn’t take long for the umbrella to collapse like a piece of newspaper and I landed on the hard

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