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Skating dreams Inside come to life NEWS at Jules Morin Park Second rink built through Ottawa Senators partnership with city opens in Lowertown Michelle Nash

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EMC news - The first of many new National Hockey League-sized dreams planned for across the city has come true for residents of Lowertown. Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury recently showed off the freshly completed new outdoor skating rink at Jules Morin Park, which boasts new hockey dasher boards, fencing, hockey nets for use in the winter and the potential for lacrosse nets in the summer. The rink was built in partnership with the Sens Foundation and the Ottawa Senators and will be managed by the city. Fleury grew up skating on the former rink in the park and said looking at this new structure, it is a dream come true. “I grew up in this area and learned to skate on this rink,” Fleury said. “This is a dream come true to see this rink complete.” Through the Sens Recreational Investments in Neighbourhood Communities project there will be free skating and hockey clinics as well as summer sporting programs for

hundreds of youth at the rink. According to Fleury this area of Lowertown east has more than 600 children in a two block radius, all who use the park during the winter and summer months. “To me, it’s like we take for granted that there are arenas that you can go to and play hockey. A lot of kids don’t have that opportunity. There are no financial barriers to an outdoor rink – every kid can use this rink.” In the summer, the court lines painted on the asphalt could be used for other sports such as basketball, lacrosse and ball hockey. This rink is one of 20 outdoor rinks in at-risk neighbourhoods in Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding areas the Sens Foundation will build. It was during the Senators 20th anniversary season when the foundation and the club committed to building the outdoor rinks. The Jules Morin Park rink marks the second of the 20 rink committement, following the opening of the Rink of Dreams at Marion Dewar Plaza in January. See RINK, page 7


Winter arrives in Ottawa Historic Watson’s Mill in Manotick is covered in a blanket of fresh snow last week, the second of two storms to hit the capital over the holiday season. After going for much of December without any of the fluffy white stuff, more than 50 centimetres fell on the city between the two winter storms.

Study finds parking in Old Ottawa South sufficient Results don’t reflect effects of Lansdowne Park redevelopment on traffic Michelle Nash

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EMC news - The results of a parking study concerning the main three streets in Old Ottawa South found there is more than enough parking for the area. The Old Ottawa South Local Area Parking Study is a

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PC plan could save Rideau Carleton raceway: MacLeod Opposition party would give track first shot as buying slots business Eddie Rwema

EMC news – A new casino in Ottawa, most likely in the downtown area, would mean the end of the Rideau Carleton Raceway, said Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod. MacLeod made the warning as she laid out the Ontario Progressive Conservatives position on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., casino expansions, and horse racing plan on Dec.14. MacLeod said Ottawa has been gripped with the possibility that the Rideau Carleton Raceway could close when the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., and the city of Ottawa expand gaming in the downtown to include a casino. “Rideau Carleton Raceway is one of Nepean-Carleton’s largest agriculture employers. The closure could cost us in this riding 1,000 direct rural jobs, and could also cause

the death of several hundred horses,” MacLeod said at a news conference where she was flanked by Conservative MPPs Steve Clark of LeedsGreenville and Jim McDonell of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. MacLeod said if her party forms the next government, it plans to give racetrack operators a first crack at buying existing slots operations at fair market value, which could save the industry while still providing a good return to taxpayers. “Our plan would save the Rideau Carleton Raceway, rural jobs and would save the horses,” she said. She said that the closure of the raceway would put 500 racetrack staff out of work. “This track employs directly 1,000 people. If that were to move downtown, you would lose 500 agriculture jobs,” she said. She said their plan would put an immediate end to the


Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod speaks at a press conference at the Rideau Carleton Raceway on Dec.14 to announce her party’s position on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., casino expansions, and horse racing. province’s plan to build 29 new casinos. “I don’t believe it is a great business case,” said MacLeod. “There was virtually no consultation with McGuinty’s plan to expand casinos.”


She said the plan would come as a good news for many Ottawa residents, who like her want to preserve the Rideau Carleton and who oppose bringing gambling downtown. Racing horse owner Garry McDonald is one of those opposed to having a casino in downtown Ottawa. “They are putting us out of business. This is our live-

lihood and our investments,” said McDonald. Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark said the Liberal government’s support for building the new casinos has “pitted community and community, neighbour against neighbour.” Former PC nominee for Ottawa West-Nepean Randall Denley called the idea of a downtown casino in Ottawa a

“myth.” “This is not a place to put it. There is nothing wrong with what we are doing here. Just leave it alone because it makes sense and it is already working,” said Denley. In their plan, the Conservatives are pushing for a referendum in municipalities that are being considered for one of the new casinos before they are built.



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Truck driver Steven Beach accepts a $50 gift certificate from Gilbert Russell, vice-chairman of the Glebe BIA and owner of Brio, at the store on Dec. 17. Beach was honoured for his considerate driving through the neighbourhood.

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EMC news - Considerate driving is taking a front seat in the Glebe and truck driver Steven Beach was one of the first to benefit recently from a program introduced by the Glebe Business Improvement Association. Beach received a $50 gift certificate from the BIA for his considerate driving around the Lansdowne Park construction area on Dec. 17. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our way of thanking them for driving carefully,â&#x20AC;?

said Gilbert Russell, vicechairman of the Glebe BIA and owner of Brio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really appreciate the care theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking while driving through our neighbourhood. Our plan is to award one incentive ticket a week while the construction goes on.â&#x20AC;? The ticket is part of a program from the BIA to promote the minimization of disruption in the neighbourhood during the Lansdowne redevelopment project. The money can be used in any of the shops in the Glebe. The association said

Beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quiet and careful driving is a great example of what the new program would like to promote. According to the BIA, this is one of what will be a series of construction mitigation initiatives designed to reduce noise, control dust and dirt and reduce truck traffic and locating the concrete plant on site to reduce the number of trucks entering and exiting the area. This new approach to construction was led by the Glebe BIA and supported by the city, Ottawa Sports and Entertain-

ment Group and Pomerleau Inc., the firm responsible for the construction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We aim to prove that a residential and business neighbourhood, and a construction zone, can all work together in a thoughtful, respectful way,â&#x20AC;? said David Chernushenko, Capital Ward councillor. The association said the other measures they will implement in the new year will involve building sounddampening screens around generators as well as scheduling dusty demolition work for rainy days.

Three more parking studies to be completed According to Doug Robertson, manager of parking operations for the city, the next steps for the parking study will be to work with the Lansdowne transportation advisory committee, keeping them informed of developments. Robertson added staff is also recommending that the monitoring of traffic and parking be coordinated with the work of the planning and growth management department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are responsible for the broader traffic and parking

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Most of those who attended the trauma presentation said they were there to learn. Aside from hosting these round tables, the group has been training community leaders in the basic principals of non-violent communication, cross-cultural communication,

host sessions aimed at tackling the issues. The trauma series is the start of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focused work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are 68 different issues, but we have to start somewhere,â&#x20AC;? McIntyre said. The next presentation will be held again at St. Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, on Jan. 17 when Dr. Rebecca Nemiroff of the Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma will speak. The organization is funded by the Community Fund of Ottawa, which McIntyre said has allowed the group to fund their training programs. When asked if there is one thing McIntyre would like everyone to know is what the group is doing is easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone can do this. All you need is the heart and mind to want to transform your community,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And any issue or round table that we hold that is of interest to residents they can come out and attend the meeting. For more information, McIntyre can be contacted at 613286-4106.


EMC news - One VanierOverbrook organization aspires to transform at-risk neighbourhoods by spreading awareness and information on what it takes to enact change. Transforming Communities, formed in 2010, has primarily focused on Vanier and Overbrook neighbourhoods, but co-founder Michael McIntyre said the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimate goal is to take its message citywide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody lives in a community and although each community is different, but the needs and issues may be the same,â&#x20AC;? McIntyre said. For the past three years, the group has held roundtable events where they bring community, city and province stakeholders together to discuss how to change a neighbourhood for the better. The topics of these sessions vary, but the focus is on food, housing, employment, addictions, child and youth programs and empowerment, justice and

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Solution must include drivers and walkers: city Laura Mueller

EMC news - Efforts to prevent collisions that kill or injure pedestrians must be targeted at both drivers and walkers, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health board heard at a recent meeting. Pedestrian safety advocates came to city hall on Dec. 5 to discuss the ďŹ ndings of the Ontario coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review of pedestrian deaths in the past ďŹ ve years. The deaths number about seven annually, with another 65 hospitalizations and 360 emergency rooms visits in the province each year. But city councillors avoided putting the blame squarely on drivers, noting that there is a need for pedestrians to be educated on how they can protect themselves when they are out

on the sidewalks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are two sides to every story,â&#x20AC;? said Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reality is â&#x20AC;Ś pedestrians take risks and make mistakes, too.â&#x20AC;? No driver wants to run over a pedestrian or cyclist, Clark said. Education and enforcement of the law is just as important for pedestrians and cyclists as it is for drivers, he said. Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes, who helped kick-start the launch of a new pedestrian advocacy group called Walk Ottawa last year, agreed with Clark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a whole cultural change we need here,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding that educating pedestrians about safety is just as important as providing infrastructure like crosswalks.

About a dozen people came to speak to the transportation committee about the report on Dec. 5. Michelle Perry of Walk Ottawa said the city must adopt a â&#x20AC;&#x153;complete streetsâ&#x20AC;? philosophy. The design approach gives equal important to all street users, including pedestrians and cyclists. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gaining popularity in cities like Waterloo, Ont., which has already adopted a complete streets policy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Complete streets approach is a fundamental change that will require the leadership of this committee,â&#x20AC;? Perry told councillors. Ten per cent of all trips are made by pedestrians, Perry said, but it could be more if people felt more comfortable on the sidewalks. Seniors of-

ten avoid social activities not because they are physically unable to walk, but because they are intimidated by the unwelcoming street environment, she said. Hintonburg resident Cheryl Parrott told councillors they should look deeper into the numbers and consider the number of â&#x20AC;&#x153;near missesâ&#x20AC;? that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t captured by the coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review. Parrott said the abundance of near misses became clear during a pedestrian safety meeting the Hintonburg Community Association held last winter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was really horrifying to discover for all of us â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that these near misses are so common,â&#x20AC;? Parrott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not capturing in the city analysis.â&#x20AC;? The transportation commit-

tee added an extra instruction to city staff to advise if there is a way to account for the possible number of near misses when similar analyses are done in the future. Last year, the city updated its transportation safety policy, Safer Roads Ottawa, based on the mission statement: Towards Zero: One trafďŹ c fatality or serious injury is one too many. After the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation committee and health board accepted the coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report, Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief medical ofďŹ cer of health, Dr. Isra Levy, sent a letter to the coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce supporting the review and offering six recommendations on how to improve pedestrian safety. Noting that there is a link between pedestrian safety and socioeconomic status, Levy

said the province should: â&#x20AC;˘ Develop ways to monitor the difference in walking and transportation conditions in economically advantaged and disadvantaged areas â&#x20AC;˘ Increase provincial funding for pedestrian infrastructure such as street lighting and paved shoulders in rural areas â&#x20AC;˘ Provide ongoing funding for a provincial program called Active and Safe Routes to Schools â&#x20AC;˘ Rethink policies on speed control and trafďŹ c calming by using an evidence-based approach â&#x20AC;˘ Add a comprehensive section on motorist-pedestrian interactions in the Ontario Drivers Manual â&#x20AC;˘ Formalize road and pedestrian safety education as part of the school curriculum.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book takes readers to African savannahs Jennifer McIntosh

EMC news - Despite the winter wind, children can wander into a world of sun and sand thanks to a new novel by Kars resident Jennifer Bergin. The book â&#x20AC;&#x201C; called Jungle Jim and Jungle Jen in the African Savannahs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is the ďŹ rst of a series of educational, geographically-themed adven-

tures. The savannahs are characterized by their ecosystem and wildlife. Bergin, a native of Barrhaven, said she would like to explore the Congo and Australia in subsequent books. With the help of editors Edward and Ruth Madziire, who came to Barrhaven via Zimbabwe, Bergin was able to accurately describe the African locale and wildlife.

From mongoose meetings to elephant rides, the main character Jen learns from Jim â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a patient biologist. She even spends time with a local tribe. Bergin, a mother of three, said the book took her about a year to illustrate and put together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I kind of got away from it, but I have been a cartoonist for years,â&#x20AC;? Bergin said, adding she has done cartoons for the

Clarion and the Barrhaven Independent in the past. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just started doodling and the idea came to me,â&#x20AC;? she said. The novel was published by Balboa Press. Bergin said it was convenient because she could publish the books on demand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been a great experience, I am really looking forward to getting started on the next books,â&#x20AC;? she said.


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Resolve to tap into your unfounded confidence


y middle child exerts a lot of confidence. He’s a solid reader. He’s good with numbers. He can kick a ball onto the roof of the school – all areas in which a six-year-old wants to excel. Unfortunately, his confidence in the tasks he does well often causes him to be falsely confident in other areas of his life. And this is where a six-year-old becomes a ticking time bomb. He’s not as cautious as he should be when skiing or tobogganing down the ice hill at Green’s Creek. This is why a helmet is recommended. It turns out most of us are like my six-year-old. While confidence in our areas of expertise is generally regarded as a good thing, we have a tendency to allow our confidence to overflow into areas where it is unfounded – not so good. This is particularly true when we experience success. If I win a writing award, for example, and I happen to have an appointment with my financial advisor the same day, it’s likely I’ll select more risky investments than normal. This is based on the false belief that my success in an area where I’ve trained and

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse practiced must naturally spill over into areas where I have no expertise. It’s like that scene in the movie Bridget Jones’s Diary, where, following a great first day as a television producer, Bridget has a “sneaking suspicion” she’s also a master chef. That she ends up making blue soup, orange pudding and green gunge for her birthday dinner demonstrates the folly of her thinking. But while overconfidence can be problematic, we can also take advantage of this tendency to experience new things and to keep our resolutions going beyond Jan. 31. January is a month when people are inherently optimistic. There’s something about the new year that has each of us pushing the reset button, ready for a fresh start. It’s the reason we use January as an excuse to resolve to go to the gym, quit smoking

or save more money. We all become a little nutty in January. Unfortunately, February is another type of month altogether. The confidence we felt as the calendar turned over to 2013 starts to dwindle, as we realize we’ve gained, rather than lost, weight, or that we’ve started drinking red wine in lieu of smoking. But perhaps we could use our tendency for overconfidence to carry us through. Try riding this high – on a good day, rather than reaching for a glass of wine to celebrate, head for the gym. If you experience some sort of success at work in February, try mastering a new recipe that evening in the kitchen. If you win a hockey game, try a new sport that very week. You may fail, but at least you had the confidence – or false confidence – to try. As I say to my six-year-old, however, it’s best wear a helmet, just in case.

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Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury shows off the new skating rink at Jules Morin Park, part of a project that will also see a field house, play area and soccer field installed.

Rink part of larger renovation The foundation expects it will cost $250,000 to build each rink and more than $6.5 million will be invested into the national capital region once all the rinks have been completed. In November, the city committed to the Sens program by putting $200,000 in management costs towards helping the foundation develop a number of the rinks around the city. In addition to Lowertown, the foundation is already looking at other areas like Bayshore, Overbrook/McArthur, Ledbury Park (Herongate/Ridgemont), Centretown, Navan and Cumberland. Special events involving the Ottawa Senators are planned, including visits from the play-

ers, skating and hockey events, clinics and practices. At Jules Morin Park, the rink is but a piece of the larger revitalization puzzle that will be ongoing until summer of 2014. The former two-tiered park will be turned into a one level park with a new field house and sports field. The project will be done in phases, with the rink part of the first phase. “It is a shame it can’t all be done at the same time, but once it is complete there will be plenty for the kids to do, whether it is skating in the winter, or playing soccer or ball hockey in the summer,” said Fleury. The park revitalization project, funded by the city and the Ottawa Senators will cost

close to $2 million dollars to complete. Established in 1852, Jules Morin Park, also once known as Anglesea Square, became the first piece of land the city of Ottawa set aside for public use. The rich history of the 153-year-old park will not be ignored with a number of ideas are in the works to ensure the heritage value of the park is not missed. The rink will be open, Fleury said, once the weather permits, as well as an official launch will be held on Jan. 7. Fleury said volunteers will play a key role in keeping the rink up and running all winter long. Volunteers interested in flooding the rink can contact Fleury’s office.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow


ecember 2012 ended with a bang not a whimper. That is if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count the moans and whines from various residents after they were hit with two big snowstorms and 50-plus centimetres of snow. Ottawa residents havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen weather like this for years and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understandable that it will take some of us a little time to adjust. First and foremost, the inclement weather has been

accompanied by a rise in the cases of colds, the flu and other illnesses. But that is mostly a product of people huddling together inside and sharing their germs. The first part of any intelligent personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survival guide for the Great Canadian Winter must begin with an old adage you probably heard from your mother: wash your hands. Wash them frequently. And if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sick, stay

home and recover. Many workaholics will show up at the office even while fending off a bad bout of the bubonic plaque. While their work ethic is commendable, it only serves to spread the sickness to coworkers. Stay home, rest up and return to work recharged and healthy. But the cold weather and heaps of white stuff arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all doom and gloom. Winter is a season of play

for ski and skating enthusiasts. Owners of ski hills in Quebec and Ontario are bubbling with jubilation over the recent snowfall. Skiing on real snow, you see, is a whole new experience compared to gliding down the artificial stuff. As for Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national sport, volunteers across the country are out in force clearing the ice pads and outdoor rinks to make way for the legion of children hungering

for a game of scrimmage hockey. The average 10-year-old boy or girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light up when they see the thermometer dip below zero and hear that the roads are choked with snow. Of course that can only mean one thing. A school snow day and a morning spent chasing a piece of vulcanized rubber with their buddies on the local rink. January also sees the arrival of the Bell Capital Cup, bringing together hundreds of teams, both from Ontario and Quebec and other countries and thousands of atom and

peewee-age hockey players. This year, the cup features the Capital City Condors, a team with players with intellectual and physical disabilities. For these children, the winter and the opportunity to play hockey is a thing of joy. An emotion that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help translate to the hearts of volunteers who run the team and onlookers who watch them play. For those who hate the winter, let your Grinch hearts defrost a little and take notice of the opportunities that present themselves. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.


Planning the great Canadian event CHARLES GORDON Funny Town


he thing about anticipating a great event is that the event is always great in anticipation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only when it becomes a real event that it risks being disappointing. So bring on the 150th anniversary celebrations, Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next big birthday, scheduled for 2017, unless government cutbacks cause it to be postponed. Already, the government is said to be putting out feelers to Canadians, asking them for ideas on how the event can be properly marked. According to reports, cross-country consultations are beginning this month. The aim is to make the 150th as memorable as the 100th was. Those who were there remember it as a pretty good one, but it might be different this time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty difficult to imagine this government or any future one laying out the kind of dough that was spent in 1967. Expo 67 was only the biggest of many large expenditures. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the hundreds of centennial projects that were built across the country. If not for the centennial there would be empty spaces where a lot of the arenas and concert halls are in Canadian cities. Not to say that our present-day governments, at all levels, are stingy, but is there another word that describes them better? Furthermore, our taxpayers are far less adventurous in spirit than they were in 1967. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with these facts in mind that we have to consider the contribution we will make to the cross-country consultations. In order to gain government acceptance, proposals to celebrate

the 150th have to be, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say, modest in scale. Better still, they have to include provisions for corporations to pay for them. So where does that leave us, here in the capital? Under different circumstances we might think of the 150th as the perfect occasion for the unveiling of the long-discussed portrait gallery, which was once to be located across from Parliament Hill. But we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get that now. Maybe, instead, a PowerPoint presentation sponsored by a bank. There are some possibilities in the idea of re-enactment. This year there were re-enactments of key battles in the War of 1812. Maybe some of that could be done in 2017, re-enactments of key moments in the national capitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, with due consideration of budgetary realities. Actors, as long as they are not paid too much, could portray Charlotte Whitton battling with city councillors, Thomas Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arcy McGee breathing his last, Pierre Elliott Trudeau walking in the snow. Developers could take time off from their busy schedule putting up new condos to restage the destruction of LeBreton Flats. Staging the reconstruction of LeBreton Flats might not be possible at the moment. Celebrations of this sort should also look forward. Peering into the future is always interesting. In 1967 it may have been imagined that the Ottawa of 2013 would have public transit flying through the air, hologram movies projected into the night sky and an enlightened government capable of anticipating the needs of the people. None of this has come true, but the exercise is still worth the effort. So letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s think about Ottawa 2117 as presented this year at Expo 17. Public transit flying through air, except in a tunnel. Hologram movies available to elite cable subscribers. One more building on the LeBreton Flats. Still no portrait gallery, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking of using the last building in the city that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a condo. In other 2117 developments, the 19-digit telephone number comes into effect, additional parking is on Mars and another bridge to the Quebec side is under active study.

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Looking back at the second half of 2012 owned by Morguard and realigning Coventry Road. Margaret Knowles, senior vicepresident of development at Morguard Investments Ltd., is overseeing the project and said the company has made some significant changes to those plans. “I am happy to say we are working on a revised plan that has modifications to the road realignment, that takes some of the amenities, like the bicycle path off the roadway and onto our site,” she said. The new plans call for the Coventry Road bike paths to be moved from the roadway to run along the edge of the mall’s property. The new design for the expansion still needs to be discussed with the mall’s tenants, but the goal Knowles said is to hand the revised site plan over to the city later this summer.

This week the Ottawa East EMC continues its year end retrospective of the top news stories of 2012. JULY

Residents who live near Central Park are calling for more lighting to be installed to help deter crime. The park, located in the Glebe, is regularly used as a cut-through for residents living in the area, according to Elizabeth Ballard, chairwoman of the Glebe Community Association parks committee. In the last few years, she said crime, particularly assaults, has become an issue in the park. A security review was conducted by the city late last summer and a community-driven safety audit by Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments that received assistance from Capital Coun. David Chernushenko, members of the community association, area residents and Crime Prevention Ottawa was performed last fall. The audit looked at the park’s use during the evening, with a strong focus on the park areas which were heavily shadowed because of limited lighting.

The recent amalgamation of the Hospice at May Court and Friends of Hospice Ottawa is just the start of a new way of helping the terminally ill in the city, according to hospice officials. “We have both had our share of financial challenges, but working under one banner we will be able to expand,” said David Hogberg, executive director of the Hospice at May Court. On June 29, the Kanata-based Friends of Hospice and the Old Ottawa South-based Hospice at May Court announced the two organizations were joining forces in an effort to avoid shutting down. Hogberg said the May Court has struggled to stay afloat and without the merger, the hospice would be faced with a $150,000 deficit this year. The new arrangement will mean the organizations will not be fighting for donations or government funds, but instead will benefit from expanded funding opportunities. The Old Ottawa

After more than a year of waiting, the owners of the St. Laurent Shopping Centre will submit a site plan regarding the mall’s massive expansion to the city this summer. Morguard, owners of the city’s largest shopping centre located at Coventry Road and St. Laurent Boulevard, announced plans to expand the mall in the fall of 2010. After receiving approval from the city’s planning committee to rezone and expand the retail area by 80 per cent in November of that year, the company began working on a site plan. The initial plans involved demolishing certain buildings


Clementine Lacelle had a lot of fun at a Centretown Community Health Centre organized splatter art workshop with her mother, Teena Bedard. The two worked at splattering paint with fly-swatters and paintbrushes on a sheet of paper in Dundonald Park. The workshop is just one of the activities the park is holding over the month of July. South hospice is the only area hospice which offers residential end-of-life care. AUGUST

A new food-sharing organization is looking to teach Ottawa residents to realize the potential of the city’s many fruit-

bearing trees. Hidden Harvest Ottawa is an organization dedicated to connecting the owners of fruit-bearing trees with volunteer harvesters to ensure no fruit or nuts are wasted this harvest season. The incentive is the harvested bounty will be divided up to the tree owners, the volunteers and to commu-

nity food programs such as the Ottawa Food Bank. The idea is not a new one, co-founder Katrina Siks explained. Other cities in Canada having similar organizations and Siks felt it was time for Ottawa to get on board. “There are so many levels to why this is so important to me,” Siks said. “I have

had the opportunity to work with youth in this city and introduce them to a patch of raspberries - you get to watch them connect the fruit they have eaten plenty of times with being able to reach out and pick it.” See VANIER, page 10



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Vanier mural adds splash of colour to neighbourhood Continued from page 9

A new multi-mural project will soon have colourful butterflies scattered all around Vanier, adding to the neighbourhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sizeable collection of super-sized art. Vanier already boasts 38 murals scattered across the neighbourhood, each one depicting either a period in Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past or the connections made between residents. What makes the latest project different is that it will show the rebirth of a neighbourhood using images of a curious creature synonymous with beautiful transformations. For the past three weeks, Ottawa artist Nicole Belanger has turned the boardroom at the Quartier Vanier Merchants Association into an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio, painting 10 separate 2.4 by 1.2 metre panels. When combined, the panels form a giant, colourful butterfly scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The butterfly, to me, signifies the change that is happening and that is coming in Vanier,â&#x20AC;? Belanger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vanier is on the cusp of rebirth and the butterflies represent that.â&#x20AC;? Three years in the making, Quartier Vanier sought funding through the Ontario Arts Council for the project. Working in partnership with the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, which has provided groups of eager young artists to help Belanger paint, Quartier Vanier wanted

already committed to donating money to help rejuvenate Optimiste Park, but are holding the party to raise more money for the ailing park. The event will feature many different options for donors. Raffle tickets can be purchased to win one of many donated prizes from local businesses. Also, as part of a summer contest, the Capture the Kavanaugh photo contest invites Vanier residents and future Kavanaugh residents to take photographs of the neighbourhood. The winner of the contest will be revealed and there will be a silent auction to win one of the photographs. A calendar of all the photographs will be also available for purchase. All the proceeds from the raffle, the silent auction and the calendar will go towards the park rejuvenation project.

to give the community a different splash of colour. Imagine being so close to a polar bear, it is possible to rub its big white belly or climbing over sea ice in the middle of the summer. Imagine learning all about the Arctic in the Arctic. For three Ottawa students, none of this required their imagination as they had the opportunity to participate in an Arctic expedition which each of them credit with changing the way they see life on Earth and the fragile nature of the environment. The Students on Ice Arctic Youth Expedition departed from Ottawa on July 30 with 75 students from eight different countries and returned to the Canadian Museum of Nature on Aug. 13 to take part in a welcome home event. Although most were a tad tired, many of the students could not find the words to describe what they had experienced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sometimes think that I live in a bubble and I wanted to lean about what is beyond the bubble,â&#x20AC;? said Michela Panarella, a student from OrlĂŠans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From this trip, I have learned just how big this world is and the impact we can have on it.â&#x20AC;? SEPTEMBER

Sandy Hill home owners have butted heads with students living in the area


Brandy Lockhart, lead resident archeologist with Golder Associates Ltd., with the most unusual artifact her team discovered at LeBreton Flats: a sword that dates to the 1700s. The site will be used as a construction staging area for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light-rail project. The dig was especially interesting for Lockhart because an intact archeological site in a cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown area is extremely rare, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It provides a really interesting glimpse into the lives of people who were some of the earliest settlers in Ottawa and right up to the 1960s,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lockhart said. over issues such as noise and garbage, but this fall the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Town and Gown committee will be in full swing working to keep the peace between both sets

of residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal is to try and address problems before they become problems,â&#x20AC;? said Christopher Collmorgen, president of Action Sandy Hill. Steps away from the University of Ottawa, Sandy Hill is a desirable neighbourhood for new and returning students. Action Sandy Hill, the area community association, wanted to see positive changes in the community that neither excluded students from living near the university nor denied home owners peace and mind. Collmorgen, along with Action Sandy Hill board member Sam Almsaddi and two Ottawa police officers went to the University of Western Ontario in London for a presentation on their Town and Gown committee in 2011. The Town and

Gown committee serves as a forum to address and resolve issues in neighbourhoods surrounding a university campus. Collmorgen recognized the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s value and has been working with city bylaw staff, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, the police, the university and the students association to form Sandy Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Town and Gown committee. Optimiste Park will receive another boost from the community when a block party to raise money for the rejuvenation of the Vanier green space kicks off on Sept. 9. Developer Domicile, builders of Kavanaugh on Beechwood going up at the corner of Beechwood and Marquette avenues, have

Some residents in Lowertown do not want to choose between saving heritage homes and making room for bicycle lanes. Owned by the National Capital Commission, 277, 275, 279 and 273 Sussex Dr. are scheduled to be demolished to make way for a major construction project which includes widening of the road and adding cycling lanes. The city-led project is seeking approval for demolition control at the Ottawa built heritage advisory committee on Sept. 20. Lowertown residents, including heritage and development committee chairwoman Nancy Miller Chenier, came out to the Lowertown Community Association on Sept. 10 to seek support and information from their city councillor on the topic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those houses are in a designated heritage district, with history and Lowertown stories attached to them,â&#x20AC;? said Miller Chenier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like the houses to be contained and we would like Coun. Fleury to support us.â&#x20AC;? See LANGUAGE, page 11


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nal product has been the best part for me.” Dennys credited the rebirth of the paper to a community partnership with the Community Development Framework, a non-profit organization which focuses on community initiatives and projects. The organization gave the association $2,000 to help fund the paper’s production. The rest of the funding came through advertising with local businesses. Dennys said one of the original papers from 17 years ago featured some of the same advertisers.


The Ottawa police have moved to reinstall the former constable running the Vanier Community Police Centre following concerns that his replacement could not speak French. Const. Matt Hunt stepped into the community policing role after Const. Marc Daviault was offered another position within the force. Following concerns raised by members of the public, including the Vanier Community Association, police have confirmed that as of Sept. 24 Daviault, a bilingual officer, will return to his former position. As of the week of Sept. 17, Hunt was already acting as the community police officer for the area and had even attended an Overbrook community safety meeting on Sept. 20. Overbrook Community Association president Sheila Perry said she was impressed with Hunt’s resume and his enthusiasm to work at the McArthur Avenue centre. “I am looking forward to serving the community,” Hunt said at the meeting. But following the appointment of Hunt the Vanier Community Association expressed concerns about Hunt’s lack of French language skills in a letter addressed to police Chief


MP and Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear places items into a time capsule during the officially unveiling the official artist rendering and groundbreaking ceremony for the latest University of Ottawa’s new building – the Advanced Research Complex – on Sept. 25. Members of the university, the construction team, community, provincial and federal partners took part in the ceremony. Charles Bordeleau. The letter expressed the association’s disappointment that bilingualism was not prioritized when hiring the new community police officer. After a 17-year hiatus, community-published news is

back in Overbrook. The Overbrook News, an Overbrook Community Association initiative, had 4,000 papers published of its inaugural September issue. Spearheaded by association board members Wendy Dennys and Martine Joly, the two women took a

newsletter and turned it into a 16-page broadsheet newspaper. Looking at their first attempt at building a newspaper, both are thrilled with the finished product. “On a scale of one to 10, I would give this paper a 10.5,” Dennys said. Joly agreed: “Seeing the fi-

A landscaping project to add parking and create a permanent outside picnic area for the Glebe Community Centre will not go ahead until next year. The Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group has been working towards adding more parking and an outside play area at the Glebe Community Centre for the past three years. The project was set to begin this summer and was delayed to this fall, said Mary Tsai Davies, the group’s executive director, at the group’s annual general meeting on Sept. 26. Now the project will not begin until 2013 because more public consultation is needed, “It was supposed to happen this fall, but will be pushed back to the spring,” said Tsai Davies, citing safety concerns for the delay. “We are trying to com-

pletely eliminate the danger of children weaving through cars and walking behind cars by moving the sidewalk three feet to the property line,” she said. The project will increase the available parking from six spaces and one handicap space to about 18. Bicycle racks will also be added. The current parking area will see grass installed and turned into a picnic area, something Tsai Davies indicated is missing for the centre. Vanier dog owners say it is time a park be designated in the area to allow their dogs run free. Listed as one of the top priorities for the Vanier Community Association in the upcoming year, the association executive said it intends to explore options to create a permanent dog park in the neighbourhood. Madeline O’Connor attend the association meeting on Oct. 9 to tell the board dog owners are excited about the possibility of addressing this concern and in light of the news, she created a petition requesting the association to take action aimed at bringing an off-leash dog park to the community. “I’m fortunate to have a car to take my dog elsewhere, but here in Vanier, there is no place to take your dog offleash,” O’Connor said. See HEARTWOOD, page 14

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Heartwood House makes move to Overbrook Continued from page 11

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potential it offers. “We have room to grow,” she said.


Nearly a year after Heartwood House found out the building it was renting on Chapel Street was sold, the joint charity organization has a new home in Vanier. It was last November when the Beth Shalom at 151 Chapel St. announced the sale of its building to Claridge Homes. The Congregation Beth Shalom synagogue rented space to Heartwood House, a charity co-op that houses 18 nonprofit organizations under one roof. The executive director Maureen Moloughney said news of the sale of the building it was renting, was incredibly unfortunate, and at once the organization began looking for an alternative. The organization consulted with the 18 charities who share the space about a new location. “We wanted to stay in the community, that was important,” Moloughney said. The answer was a 2,415-square meter space at 400-412 McArthur Ave. The space is larger and Moloughney said the organization is excited about the

The Vanier community is preparing for its largest outdoor cultural festival this holiday season, inviting the rest of the city to see what the neighbourhood is all about. On Dec. 1, C’est Chill, Vanier’s first ever culture, language and heritage show get underway. Suzanne Valiquet, executive director of Quartier Vanier, said the event will feature a parade, art projects, music, crafts, a food fair and a visit from Santa Claus. “It is the biggest outdoor event for the BIA,” Valiquet said. The Quartier Vanier hired art director Dominique St. Pierre to help organize the artistic aspects of the festival. It is also working in conjunction with the Vanier Community Association, Beautification Vanier, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and local artists to get the show off the ground. The $30,000 budget for the event was provided by Heritage Canada, after the city applied for the funding. Valiquet said the funding is aimed at highlighting culture in a strong francophone community.


Nigel Bowers of Eastern Museum Services places a titanite crystal into a case at the new Vale Earth Gallery on Nov. 28. The gallery opened at the Museum of Nature on Nov. 30 and features many Canadian cut crystals and gemstones as well as a miner’s hall of fame and a limestone cave. The event will begin with the sound of church bells, ringing from all five local Vanier churches, in an attempt to call out area residents to meet on Dupuis Street, reminiscent of days gone by. Ottawa police laid charges against former Rockcliffe Park school council treasurer Mark MacDonald in connection with more than $75,000

that went missing from the school council’s bank account earlier this year. Const. Marc Soucy confirmed on Nov. 2 that MacDonald has been charged with fraud over $5,000, having possession of money over $5,000 knowing it had been obtained by crime and obtaining funds under false pretenses. When first discovered, the missing $76,651 threatened the operation of a

number of council-run programs including milk and pizza money, school trips and an after-school homework club. Police were first contacted by the council about the missing money in early March, but at that time investigators told the council there was not enough evidence to look into the matter further. It was not until late March that police were contacted for the second time by

It was standing room only at the first official meeting of the Beechwood Village Alliance, where residents from both sides of the divided street joined to bring positive change to the area. The coalition features members from the five communities who share one common interest, revitalizing Beechwood Avenue as a main street shopping area. Dubbed a “friends group” by its founders, group spokesman Tobi Nussbaum said its goal is simply to make Beechwood a better place. “We could spend the hour and a half complaining, but we don’t want to do that,” he said. “It is about creating a positive spirit.” The first official meeting from a group was held on Oct. 30 at the New Edinburgh Square Retirement Residence. The core group, which included Nussbaum, originally started talking about issues surrounding the street the five communities share shortly after the March 2011 fire that destroyed several businesses on the north side of shopping district. The meeting was brought on by the recent closure of Books on Beechwood, which had been operating on the street for 12 years. The closure was attributed to the fire, which destroyed a large chunk of retail on the street and subsequently reduced the amount of shoppers visiting the area. See BLACKBURN, page 15


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Blackburn Avenue project raises questions in Sandy Hill Continued from page 14

The skeleton of a home is all that remains at 45 Blackburn Ave. in Sandy Hill. Currently under construction, the project has angered a number of residents in the area, who have called on the city to explain how it enforces its own by bylaws. Questions surrounding the development began in the September when the former single-family home was gutted, leaving only the facade. As part of a change made in May to the city’s infill guidelines, a pilot project is underway in Sandy Hill, which asks a developer to submit a site plan if the intention is to convert a single dwelling home into a multiresidential dwelling consisting of three or more units. This didn’t happen in the case of 45 Blackburn. Christopher Collmorgen, president of Action Sandy Hill, said area residents have been questioning the city about the development and as it turns out, the conversion of the house to a four-unit dwelling should have necessitated the submission of a site plan.

underway. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko addressed the plans for a parking garage behind the McKeen Metro at the Glebe Community Association meeting on Nov. 27. “It only makes sense to add parking to the area,” he said. A municipal parking garage for the neighbourhood was initially approved when the last city council looked at redeveloping Lansdowne Park, the councillor said. The threestorey facility will increase available parking for Bank Street shoppers. The funding for the garage, Chernushenko added, has already been allocated and he feels timing is of the essence. “I have the opportunity to do it now; there is money in the budget now,” he said. “The worst thing we could have happen is Lansdowne is complete and we are just starting to build this.” A flurry of support helped

organizers of the annual Vanier Snowflake Breakfast double the fundraiser’s goal, collecting more than $30,000 for the local food bank. The 7th annual event welcomed residents, community partners and organizations on Dec. 7 to help the area food bank, Partage Vanier, raise much needed funds to feed hungry families this winter. Organized by the Vanier Community Service Centre, the goal this year was to raise $15,000. On Dec. 12 Stefan Cherry, the community liaison officer for the centre, confirmed the event had raised $30,000 and money was still coming in. “It was certainly a great success,” Cherry said. More than 600 people attended this year’s event, where community leaders, fireman, Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and local politicians, including Mayor Jim Watson, serve up breakfast.


Sun Country Highway president Kent Rathwell stops at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum on Nov. 29 in his Tesla electric car, part of a cross-Canada trek aimed at educating Canadians about the benefits of driving electric vehicles.


More than 700 people attended the first step in what will be a two year-long consultation process concerning the former Rockcliffe air base. It has been six years since consultations first began concerning the site, when a land claim by the Algonquins of Ontario halted the process. That was resolved in the spring of 2011 and now Canada Lands Company will discuss design plans for the former Canadian Forces Base Rockcliffe with the community. Two presentations took place at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on Nov. 26. A total of 750 people came to the event, where Canada Lands’ real estate director Don Schultz introduced the team involved in the consultation and development process and presented preliminary findings and plans for the 136 hectares of land. “We want you to share your ideas,” Schultz said. The group said the goal is to ensure the development includes mixed-use development, single family homes, townhomes, low- to midlevel rentals and shops and services. Plans for a new public parking garage are aiming to provide some relief for the parking-strapped Glebe, particularly with the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park


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Volunteers pose with turkeys and other goodies as they begin to pack 150 hampers for needy families at the Hellenic Centre on Prince of Wales Drive on Dec. 20.

Volunteers make Christmas a little brighter for needy families

EMC news - Dozens of volunteers packed 150 Christmas Hampers at the Hellenic Centre on Prince of Wales Drive on Dec. 20. Despite the extra cheer, Julie Séguin, communications co-ordinator for the Caring and Sharing Exchange said there were more than 10,000 people on the waiting list for assistance in the form of a gift voucher from Giant Tiger. The Christmas Exchange

Program, founded in 1915, provides assistance to families and individuals who face economic hardship. The exchange provides either a food hamper or redeemable gift certificate to people referred to them by over 300 community organizations in the city. The organization’s co-ordination service helps to eliminate duplicate applications and ensures that everyone receives help. Séguin said priority for Christmas hampers is given to recipients with mobility


issues, seniors and single parents with many children. Organizers were hoping to be able to mail gift vouchers to more people on the waiting list in the days leading up to Christmas. Anyone interested in donating can do so at www.Caringand “Many people in Ottawa who are facing economic hardship just want to feel normal and share in the spirit of the season,” Séguin said. “A warm festive meal can go a long way.”

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Gathering ice blocks sent chills down the spine


or reasons which escape me today, I was always home from school on the day Father went to the Bonnechere to bring ice in for the ice house. I think now, it was because Mother knew how very anxious I was when Father went to the river and in my childish mind I was sure I could save him from any disaster if I too was on the Bonnechere. Father had been watching the river for weeks and then one day he went down with the auger and burrowed a hole to see how thick the ice was in the very centre of the river, where the water was the deepest. It was ready. It was time to bring in the blocks of ice for the ice house. Through necessity, the ice house was always built on the north side of the barn. This protected it from the sun. It was a small, black building, not much bigger than the smoke house, with no windows, only a narrow door just wide enough to allow one body inside with the big iron ice-tongs. Now the day had arrived when Father would go to the river with the team of horses and flat-bottom sleigh along with the tools he needed for cutting out the ice. I was filled with both dread and admiration. I lived in fear that

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories Father would slip into one of the holes from which he had taken a block of ice and be lost forever. At the same time, I marveled at how this single day would provide us with ice for the rest of the winter and, if we were lucky, until this same exercise was repeated the next year.

we were ready for the trip across the back field, down the other side of the west hill to the Bonnechere. The ice on the river cracked and snapped under the sleigh. I fervently prayed the horses, sleigh and Father and I wouldn’t end up on the bottom of the river.

As soon as we were on firm ground, I said my silent prayer of thanks that we had been saved from a freezing death in the bottom of the Bonnechere. If I was with him, I figured I could look after him and make sure he was safe. What I could do, I had no idea. But just being with him, I knew would keep him safe. I was bundled up like a mummy and Father wore a second pair of bib overalls over his winter clothes. His big cowhide mitts covered two pairs of wool mitts, a fur hat with the ear lugs down was tied securely under his chin, his pipe, as always hung loosely from his mouth and

We came to the very centre of the Bonnechere and the long process began. Father, using the auger, burrowed four holes, forming a square into the ice. Then, with the needle-nosed saw, he cut a swath from one hole to the other three. This was when I was filled with dread, because I knew what was coming. Once the square was freed, the block instantly flew from the water, sometimes rising above the very ice we stood on, splashing great gushes of

water all around. Most of it landed right on Father. Now the block was ready to be hauled out and put on the sleigh. This step was repeated until the sleigh was covered with blocks and they were piled three deep. Here, I took on a new fear. What if the sleigh was so weighed down that the horses, the sleigh, the cut blocks of ice, and myself went to the bottom of the Bonnechere? By the time the last block was heaved onto the top row of ice, Father’s overalls were slick with frozen water. It was all he could do to climb onto the front of the sleigh and head the horses back to the ice house. As soon as we were on firm ground, I said my silent prayer of thanks that we had been saved from a freezing death in the bottom of the Bonnechere. Father’s work, however, was far from over. Once back at the ice house, he had to unload the blocks one at a time, each probably weighing 45 kilograms, and place them in rows inside. Father could hardly walk upright with the weight of his frozen overalls, but he was not ready to change into dryer clothes yet. The horses had to be put in the barn, fed and bedded. Only then did he head for the house and the warmth of the kitchen. Mother had to strip him of the frozen outer layer and the

overalls were draped over the wood-box to melt and dry. The brothers would be pressed into service on Saturday, as they headed to the sawmill to bring back load after load of sawdust and cover the blocks in the ice house. The sawdust was free, the owner of the mill glad to be rid of it. So for another winter, and hopefully well over the summer, we would have ice for the ice box in the kitchen of that old log house. We considered ourselves very privileged indeed to have the big oak Barnett bought by grandfather who couldn’t understand how anyone could survive without an ice box. After that day on the Bonnechere, and after his supper, Father, completely spent of every ounce of energy, would go to his usual spot in the kitchen. He would settle into the rocking chair in front of the Findlay Oval, lift his stockinged feet onto a cushion on the oven door and promptly fall asleep. The Ottawa Farm Journal or the Family Herald and Weekly Star would have slipped from his gnarled hands. I would watch his gentle breathing and would be filled with such caring. Again I would say my prayers of grateful thanks that Father had survived another day of bringing in the ice from the Bonnechere.




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EMC sports - Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long drive 15-year-old Adrienne Li is used to, shuttling from her Glebe home to Toronto for soccer training sessions. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well familiar with the trip, travelling every weekend from October to April to train with the provincial team. But the team and coaching awaiting her on Dec. 14 was a new crowd, as Adrienne participated in her first national team training camp. The Louis Riel high school student took part in the National Identification Camp for under 15 from Dec. 14 to 20. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really excited to find out I was among some of the top players in Canada,â&#x20AC;? Adrienne said. The youngest the national team program begins to train players is at the U15 level, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an invitation Adrienne has been hoping would come for several years. She was one of 24 players at the training camp in preparation for the CONCACAF U17 womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship in 2014, which is a qualifier for the world championships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a lot of fun, it was a bit exhausting,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really cool getting to


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Senators join Condors players for holiday showdown Team for special needs children hits ice with National Hockey League heroes Blair Edwards

EMC news - When asked the name of his favourite hockey player Dillon Riley doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kyle Turris,â&#x20AC;? said the 12year-old Kanata boy. Dillon had the chance to skate with Turris, as well as a few other Ottawa Senators, who came out to participate in a Dec. 22 practice and scrimmage held by the Capital City Condors, a hockey team for children with intellectual and physical disabilities. Turris and a few of his teammates, including Eric Condra and Peter Regin, helped the nearly 100 children, ages six and up, learn skating, shooting and stick handling drills at the Jack Charron Arena in Glen Cairn. The Condors, members of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A and AA teams in Rockland and Kanata, were happy to see the Senators take the ice, with many of the children pausing during drills and scrimmages to give their National Hockey League mentors hugs, followed by huge smiles. Those smiles keep bringing the Sens back to the Jack Char-

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Ottawa Senators centre Kyle Turris and a few of his teammates join the Capital City Condors for on-ice drills and a scrimmage at the Jack Charron Arena on Dec. 22. every week.â&#x20AC;? This is Dillonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third year playing for the Condors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every year we see him progressing,â&#x20AC;? said Riley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there now shooting pucks and scoring even â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awesome.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just being on the ice that captures his imagination, she added, saying her son enjoys the whole experience of coming to an arena every Saturday, sitting in the locker room with his friends and just being part of a team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It means a lot,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really warms your heart when you see him out there as part of a team, and very proud.â&#x20AC;? Shana Perkins and her husband Jim started the Condors

in 2008, after watching a team of children with special needs play hockey in Cambridge, Ont. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were so inspired by the kids and the families and the difference it was making in their lives,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came back to Ottawa and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist, then we need to start it here.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The Perkins got together with a few friends and organized a game at an arena in Beckwith Township. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had three players for our ďŹ rst session,â&#x20AC;? she said. Since then, the number of players has expanded to nearly 100 children. Now in its ďŹ fth year, the

Condors boasts two Kanata teams, a team in Rockland, one in Cambridge, Ont., and another in Gatineau. The Condors are also set to debut teams in Carleton Place, Huntsville, Ont., and Calgary in the new year. The Condors require ice time scheduled on the same days and times, because many of the players have special needs that demand a strict routine, said Shana. This year, the Condors were able to take about 20 names off the waiting list, thanks to ice time donated by the Kanata Minor Hockey Association and with help from the City of Ottawa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deďŹ nitely a need for more teams,â&#x20AC;? said Shana. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tons of kids who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the opportunity to play ice hockey, not just in Ottawa, but also in cities across Canada.â&#x20AC;? The Condors have been contacted by people across Canada, including Calgary and Winnipeg, as well as other countries, asking about starting up similar clubs in their cities. The hockey club is putting together an information package, describing the Condors experiences and offering a start-up guide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Really, one of our goals, our dreams, is to see this program spread,â&#x20AC;? Shana said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see happen, every city and town

in Canada has a special-needs hockey team.â&#x20AC;? The team is always looking for help on and off the ice, and are in speciďŹ c need of adult volunteers. Volunteer registration is also available on the website. She and Jim are also looking at starting a hockey league for blind and visually impaired players, as well as a team for those who are conďŹ ned to wheelchairs. This year, the Condors have become an arm of the 2013 Bell Capital Cup tournament, which runs from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1 and attracts teams from across the world. The team participates in the Special Hockey International Tournament, but this will be the ďŹ rst mixed tournament for the Condors. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bell Capital Cup saw 410 teams participate from 19 divisions with more than 7,000 players. Teams from the United States, Finland, Germany and South Korea competed in the tournament, which runs from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1. Aside from participating in the Bell Capital Cup, the Condors are also gearing up to host the 2015 Special Hockey International Tournament. The team put forward its bid in 2011 after seeing how much the players enjoyed participating in the event. With files from Jessica Cunha


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Britany is a one year-old black and white spayed female domestic shorthair cat who loves to greet everyone she meets! She was brought to our shelter as a stray on October 15 but is now available for adoption. This lovely lady is full of cuddles and purrs and would make a great addition to your family! Britany is currently at one of our Pet Adoption Locations (PAL). If you are interested in adopting Britany, make sure to swing by Petsmart in Orleans!

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Owning a dog can be a very rewarding experience and how you train your dog has a big impact on whether your relationship will be one of companionship or frustration. A big mistake people often make when they ďŹ rst bring their dog home is to give him too much freedom. You may think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being nice, but in fact, you may be doing more harm than good. Adopting a training program from the beginning is a fun way to get to know your dog and sets the stage for a successful relationship. What is training? Training is a form of communication between a dog and his owner. Since dogs cannot speak, it is up to the owner to learn how to communicate with the dog. All owners can beneďŹ t from training classes, even if they have previously owned a dog or trained many in the past; remember that every dog is different. What is your role in training? If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t train your dog, he will train himself â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and not necessarily in a good way! Your dog will learn from you. By taking an active role in teaching your dog, you will be able to train the dog the way you want. Knowing your dog Similar to children, dogs understand different things at different stages of their development. Below you will ďŹ nd a brief description of the kinds of things you can expect from your dog as she grows. Please note that these are only guidelines. Some dogs progress or mature slower than others. Be prepared to see behaviour change over time. 0â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 months

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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks — free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-224-3330, E-mail:

Jan. 5 The Ottawa West Arts Association ( presents “Halcyon Days” January 5, 2013 – March 1, 2013. Visit the owaa gallery to view sensational new artworks from local artists and fill out a People’s Choice Ballot for your favorite artwork at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Road, Stittsville. Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Jan. 5 - Feb. 9 The field house CAG Café at Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Cres. will be open Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. for refreshments if the rink is open and the temp is warmer than -20 C with wind chill. What’s for sale each week will vary but anticipate a selection that includes soups/chili and hot dogs as well as hot chocolate and cold drinks.

Jan. 9 The Christian Women’s Central Club invites you and your friends to its New Year’s Silver Dessert Buffet featuring SILPADA sterling silver jewelry and special music and a talk by talented vocalist Daphne Dykhuizen. She will speak about “A life wrapped up.” $6 and first timers $2, 1 p.m., St. Paul’s Church, 971 Woodroffe. RSVP: 613228-8004. All women are welcome. Vanier Beautification invites you to join its efforts to beautify our community for its monthly meeting on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Centre Francophone, 270 Marier Ave. Ottawa Newcomers Club is hosting its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at The Shore Club Restaurant, Westin Hotel, 11 Colonel By Drive. A social gathering will get underway at 11:30 a.m. with an à la carte lunch at noon. We welcome new and existing members to begin a New Year with us. For further information or reservations

please contact Barb Vogan at 613-837-2520 or cvogan@ For general information on the ONC call 613-860-0548 or visit www.

Jan. 16 Heritage Ottawa presents a free public lecture on the topic of: Adding Contemporary Layers to Historic Districts. This event will take place on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St. at the corner of Laurier Avenue West. After years of discussions, the French proposed a means to regroup contemporary interventions in historic districts using seven categories. The categories are: 1) Degree “0” of insertion, 2) integration, 3) contrast, 4) from the laughable to the precarious (temporary), 5) invisibility, 6) analogy, and 7) complex examples. Drawing on national and international experience and expertise in the heritage field, François LeBlanc will present and discuss examples from each category. This lecture will be in English. Details are available by email at info@heritageottawa. org, calling 613-230-8841 or by going online at www.

Jan. 17 Interested in gardening? Come and join us! The Nepean Horticultural Society. Guest Speaker: Donna Christie, Certified SFG teacher Topic: Everything You ever Wanted to know about Houseplants, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., City View United Church, 6 Epworth Ave., Nepean. Everyone welcome. Non-members $4. Light refreshments. Information: 613-224-7184.

Jan. 20 The Community Activities Group in Old Ottawa East will hold its Winter Party in the Park at Brantwood Park on 39 Onslow Cres. on Jan. 20 from 1 - 4 p.m. There

will be a sleigh ride, skating, hockey, snowshoeing, food, and fun. The event is free.

Jan. 27 Family Literacy Day at the Ottawa Public Library, Centrepointe branch at 101 Centrepointe on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. Children’s entertainer, Tante Caroline, will share songs and stories in French and English for all the family to enjoy. This event is free and no registration is required.

Feb. 6 Heritage Ottawa presents its eighth-annual Bob and Mary Anne Phillips Memorial Lecture. The guest speaker is Charlotte Gray (Does Heritage Pull History Out Of Shape?) and the free event takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St. at the corner of Laurier Avenue West. How can creative non-fiction writers bring new readers to history while staying within the bounds of creative nonfiction? Gray will discuss the different demands made on the past by historians and heritage activists. An author of eight best sellers, the Ottawa-based writer will explore the challenges she faces as she brings history to life in her work, including Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike and her forthcoming true crime book, Carrie’s Case, which will be published in the fall of 2013. Lecture will be in English. Info: info@heritageottawa. org or 613-230-8841. www.

Mar. 20 Heritage Ottawa presents a free public lecture on the topic of Rediscovering Lowertown. This events takes place on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium 120 Metcalfe St. at the corner of Laurier Avenue West. Built on a swamp between the Rideau River and the

Rideau Canal and north of the “Sandy Hill,” Lowertown and the Byward Market became a workers’ paradise as it matured in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. It was almost obliterated by ill-conceived urban renewal and transportation schemes in the ’60s and early ’70s, and continues to struggle to this day to survive despite being previously saved and designated as an important heritage area. Marc Aubin, a sixth generation resident of Lowertown and president of the Lowertown Community Association, along with fellow members, will share perspectives on the community’s successes and challenges in protecting and restoring the area’s heritage. Lecture will be in English. Questions are welcome in either official language. Info: info@heritageottawa. org or 613-230-8841, www.

Mondays 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. Looking to learn conversational Spanish? Improve your Spanish speaking skills with Los Amigos Toastmasters. We meet at Tunney’s Pasture Mondays from 4:55 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Carole at 613-7616537 or visit

Tuesdays Our painters circle is a friendly, encouraging group with a wide range of painting

experience. Sharing ideas, showing off work, seeking suggestions, it has proven to be a really pleasant experience for painters. All media except oils are welcome. No tuition, so experience is necessary. Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 613-695-0505 or email for information. The Hogs Back 50+ Club meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front room of the Boys and Girls Club, 1463 Prince of Wales Dr. at Meadowlands and Hogs Back. Bring a bag lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. Drop in and check it out. For info call Shirley at 613-225-8089.

Tuesdays & Fridays Tai Chi at Roy Hobbs Community Centre, 109 Larch Cres. on Tuesdays, except first Tuesday of each month, for beginner/intermediate levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Fridays for intermediate/advanced levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Contact Lorne at 613-824-6864 for details.

Wednesdays 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. Drop-in playgroup for moms with children four years-old and under runs each Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at East Gate Alliance Church, 550 Codds’ Rd. Come for a casual time of play and circle time. More information is available at Faith Friends Kids’ Club begins on Wednesday, Sept. 19. This Kids’ Club runs each

Bell Capital Cup sees 380 teams compete on Ottawa ice Jessica Cunha

EMC sports - More than 6,500 players were set to hit the ice on hockey rinks in Ottawa for the 14th edition of the Bell Capital Cup. The competition ran from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1 with the opening ceremonies, Bell Capital Cup Fanfest and Esso Friendly Games held on Dec.

27 at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata. “This National Capital Region hockey extravaganza continues to showcase great minor hockey action, skills competitions and the Scotiabank/Canadian Tire all-star games,” said Scott Lawryk, general manager of the Bell Capital Cup, in a press release. The city played host to 380 teams from 19 divisions for

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the annual atom and peewee hockey tournament. This year, teams from Canada, China, Finland, Germany and the United States vied to hoist the Allen J. MacDonald Memorial Trophy. The Kourier-Standard went to press before the championship games were held. “On behalf of the board of directors and our many volunteers, I would like to take

this opportunity to thank all of the minor hockey associations and administrators, players and families who continue to take part in the Bell Capital Cup and build on what is a splendid foundation for this annual holiday tournament,” said Lawryk. Last year’s Bell Capital Cup saw 410 teams participate from 19 divisions with more than 7,000 players.

Teams from the United States, Finland, Germany and South Korea competed in the tournament. The Ottawa-area was well represented, with a number of teams competing for the top spot, including the Kanata Blazers, Nepean Raiders, Ottawa Sting, Ottawa Valley Silver Seven and Gloucester Rangers. “As always, the highlight

Wednesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the East Gate Alliance Church, 550 Codd’s Rd. Activities include Bible stories and games. Children ages four to11 years-old are invited to join. More information is available at or by calling 613-744-0682.

Fridays 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 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.

Ongoing In Harmony, a woman’s chorus, is welcoming new members. Practices are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Call 613-722-0066. Want to meet new friends? Have a great workout? Come to The MET (Metropolitan Bible Church) every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. for a free women’s fitness class with a certified fitness instructor. Includes a fiveminute inspirational fit tip. Any questions? Contact the church office at 613-2388182. Westboro Nursery School – Spaces available for 30 month olds to five year olds. We are a parent cooperative preschool located in the Dovercourt Community Centre, staffed by Registered ECE’s. Our play based curriculum includes intro to French, sign language, school readiness, music, daily outdoor play and more. Visit www.westboronurseryschool. ca, email or call 613-8601522 for details.

of the festival (was) the 1,000plus hours of tournament games and the lasting memories they create for all participants,” said Lawryk. The Bell Capital Cup’s 19 divisions, including two girls teams, played more than 800 games on 31 ice surfaces across the city. Each division’s championship game was played at Scotiabank Place. The five-day tournament has raised more than $2.4 million in support of minor hockey and local charities since it began in 1999.

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