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Residents weigh Inside in on Beechwood NEWS renewal plans ‘More retail space’ is common refrain at public meeting Michelle Nash

Residents in the Glebe Annex will take charge of their own destiny starting next month. – Page 3

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EMC news - Residents living near the site of the 2011 Beechwood Avenue fire have made it loud and clear to the firm redeveloping the site that they want their shopping district restored. For nearly two years since fire devastated the site, area residents have been struck by the loss of retailers along the main street strip. A local food service, a watch repair shop, dry cleaners, barber shop, diner and a Home Hardware outlet were all destroyed in the blaze. Now, as the Minto Group prepares to develop on the site, residents are calling for the return of retail to the area, making their views known during an event where preliminary plans for 7-23 Beechwood Ave., 409-411 McKay St. were presented at a New Edinburgh Community Alliance-hosted

event on Jan. 16. “It would be great to have a higher number of retail spaces,” said Tobi Nussbaum, a facilitator for the meeting. “Try and come up with a retail plan and create one that reflects the community’s needs.” Suggestions included expanding retail to McKay Street, having many small, independent shops with reasonable rent. Another resident described it as the community’s “essential needs.” The meeting invited residents to hear from Minto representatives in what the community alliance described as a friendly and open environment. The event featured both a presentation from Minto and a working discussion where participants could share their views. The design features an eight-storey, mixed-use development with retail planned for the Beechwood Avenue frontage, an open courtyard planned for the corner of Beechwood and McKay, with residential use for the McKay frontage. See PROPOSED, page 9

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Hintonburg looks to break the mould with new foodie festival this spring. – Page 17

EMC news - How can we create a more liveable Ottawa? That’s the theme of an upcoming public consultation on how to rewrite the city’s Official Plan and the rest of its master plans for transportation, infrastructure, cycling and pedestrians –documents that set the stage for Ottawa’s development.

The city is holding its first public meeting about the review on Jan. 29, but community association representatives got a head start on the issue when about 40 of them gathered for a brainstorming session at the Overbrook Community Centre on Jan. 10. The session was hosted by the Federation of Citizens Associations, a citywide group that represents a number of community associations. For the first time, the city invited

the federation to send two representatives to sit on one of three consultation panels that will undertake the in-depth consultation and review of the plans. “There was no such community panel in previous runarounds of the Official Plan,” said federation member and Glebe resident Bob Brocklebank, one of the people taking the lead on the federation’s master plan input. “They have provided a greater role for the

community this time than in 2009.” “We’re trying to build a new city and have some influence over that,” added Gary Sealey, a federation member from the Kanata-Beaverbrook Community Association. From infill to traffic congestion to more nebulous concepts like density targets and sustainability benchmarks, participants covered off what they see as the building blocks for a more liveable city.

Infill was a common concern. Anna Cuylits from Old Ottawa South said her community would like to see rules that have more teeth with regards to things like building setbacks and height. In Old Ottawa South, one of the main concerns will be pushing for the Alta Vista transportation corridor to be completely removed from transportation plans. The corridor is a proposed road linking Lees Avenue to Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus. See REPRESENTATIVES, page 5

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Heritage garden may be coming to Vanier Residents work at restoring beauty of Gamman House Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - This summer, the only designated heritage home in Vanier could become a little more beautiful thanks to the efforts of a few dedicated gardeners. The Gamman House, located at 306 Cyr Ave. was first built in the 1800s by Nathaniel Gamman, a city councillor and as it turns out, an avid gardener. The history of the little house is storied: from Gamman making ends meet by selling produce grown in the garden at the ByWard Market to the owners who took over in the 1920s who kept the flowers blooming and vegetables sprouting. It wasn’t until the former city of Vanier -- and later the City of Ottawa -- took over the property that the grounds were left fallow. Now a small group of heritage enthusiasts aim to change that. Ken Clavette and Anne Prowse want to bring a little colour back to Cyr Avenue and on Jan. 15 the two reached out to the Vanier Beautification Group for a little help to bring back the area’s heritage garden.

“We think this property is special to this community and the community should celebrate it,� Clavette said. The lot is large, with room for two or three different types of gardens. Members of the beautification group were interested in what is planned for the space. Prowse explained plans are currently up in the air until a Gamman House garden committee is formed.

The one thing we don’t have is a fragrant floral garden where people can go to sit and read. GEOFF DERRY

“We are looking for a group willing to create a heritage garden,� Prowse said. According to Clavette and Prowse, there is funding available from the city for this project. “As it stands now, the city will just do what is easiest for them to do to maintain the property, we hope this funding and volunteers can change that,� Clavette said.

Tina Delaney, co-chairwoman of the beautification group, said they loved the idea. “I certainly think we can commit to something,â€? Delaney said. Fellow resident Geoff Derry suggested the garden become a floral garden, with a space for residents to visit. “The one thing we don’t have is a fragrant floral garden where people can go to sit and read,â€? Derry said. Clavette loved the idea, adding he always dreamed the garden would become a place where wedding photos could be taken or garden parties could be held. Once the Worker’s Heritage Centre, the Gamman House has seen a revival lately. The house will become a new space for local artists to hang their work and starting in March, the house will offer a new cultural space for First Nations, Inuit and MĂŠtis artists with two six-month occupancies per year. The next step for the heritage garden plans will be to hold a general meeting for residents interested in volunteering. People are invited to email Clavette and Prowse at gammanhousegarden@gmail.com for more information.

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Glebe Annex organizing first association meeting Constitution, name, board members to be discussed Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Residents of the Glebe Annex neighbourhood are taking the next steps toward forming a community association, with plans to hold a meeting early next month. Located to the northwest of the Glebe, the annex has been represented informally by the Glebe Community Association or the Dalhousie Community Association in the past, but some residents felt it was time for the neighbourhood to take control of its own future. The first meeting about the new association will be held at the Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave. on Feb. 6. Organizing the event are Sue Stefko, Peggy Kampouris and Sylvia Milne, who said the continuing concerns about development and other issues drove some community members to mobilize. “Development is number one, but traffic, safety and security, environmental concerns and lack of recreation facilities are all issues we hope to address,� Milne said. A condominium development at the corner of Cambridge Street and Bronson Avenue was the catalyst that got the wheels in motion towards forming the new association. “We needed our own association. There are a few issues with development that

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The Glebe Annex will hold its first meeting on Feb. 6 at the Glebe Community Centre. Dalhousie South Park is one of the few greenspaces in the area, one of the topics the group organizing the meeting aims to discuss. need our attention,� Milne said. “As well, there is no place for us to hold a public meeting and no parks where people can go to play, we need something.� When it comes to this particular development at Cambridge and Bronson, Milne said concerns over lack of parkland or providing a public space for the neighbourhood are definitely things the group hopes to make known. “I think when a developer

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uted around the neighbourhood. “The flyers will help us determine the number of residences in the annex,� she said. Milne used to live in Kanata, during which time she and her husband were very active in their local community association. She said she has found that starting up this neighbourhood association has brought back all those memories. “I’m loving this. I’m meet-

ing more people everyday who are enthusiastic and smart, people who are interested in doing something positive in this community,� Milne said. “It feels so good to be moving forward and meeting people who all think the same way.� Capital Coun. David Chernushenko has also said he will attend the meeting. “The councillor has been very supportive of us,� she said.

The goal for the February meeting is to reach out to residents and let them know what is going on, how they can get involved and that from this point on, there will be an association representing their concerns at city hall. The agenda will include a decision on the association’s official name, the election of an executive committee and the drafting of a constitution. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the community centre.

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Old Ottawa South seeks developers input Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - While many community groups are busy fighting tooth and nail against developers, Old Ottawa South is hoping to invite them in to review building projects. There is a growing desire to reform OSWatch, the planning and development review committee of the Ottawa South Community Association. Member Don Westwood went as far as to call the group “dysfunctional” during a Jan. 15 meeting of the association. The issues the committee

deals with are complex and there is a nebulous and inconsistent membership of about a dozen people to review them, Westwood said. There is a need to invite people with industry expertise to participate, he said. More proactive planning and envisioning what a development’s neighbours would like to see in the community is a goal the committee should look towards, Westwood added. It’s an ongoing issue for all community associations, said Michael Jenkins, president of the association. “It is a perennial challenge

of OSCA and community associations in general,” he said. “How do you oppose bad development but create a consensus about development you think is important or good? “We want to encourage a positive agenda,” he added. This issue was one factor in the recent resignation of community association board member Greg Zador. In a letter printed in the January edition of the Oscar, a newspaper published in partnership with the community association, Zador said recent columns and articles by OSWatch members are troubling, negative and

strident. “They all point out development problems and what is not wanted, at least according to OSwatch members,” Zador wrote. “None offer solutions or speak to what Old Ottawa South wants.” Jenkins said because the volunteers on OSWatch spend most of their time reacting to a veritable flood of development applications, they have little energy left to look forward. “We spend time reacting to bad proposals,” Jenkins said. “We don’t have time left to put into ideas about what might be good for the community.”

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Those efforts would be greatly helped by the addition of members who have expertise in land-use planning, architecture, development and construction, Westwood said. “We want to engage with those people who are experts in our community,” Westwood said. “Instead of continually moaning and fighting against developers, how can we work with them? They’d be indispensible.” The discussion during the community association’s board meeting on Jan. 15 led Westwood and others to ponder a renewed push for a com-

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Bringing high fashion to Ottawa runway Convention centre to host international designers Heather Rochon

EMC news - Ottawa’s annual winter fashion showcase is just around the corner, offering style aficionados the chance to check out the latest local designs. Ottawa Fashion Week is an international platform open to industry and the general public with the sole purpose of promoting artistic talent and entertainment in the nation’s capital. Fashion Week runs from Feb. 8 to 10 at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

“Every season we are extremely impressed with the calibre of designers and the beauty of their collections,” said Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney, spokeswoman for Ottawa Fashion Week. “To present such a diverse group of firstclass talent is always a great source of pride for us.” Collections will be shown on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 5 p.m. Tickets for Friday and Saturday are $45 while Sunday is $55, with $10 going to UNICEF. Sunday also includes a celebrity runway

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he challenges posed by development projects popping up across the city call for innovative responses, which is exactly what one Ottawa community association is doing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something other community groups would be wise to take a long, hard look at as well. The idea, proposed by the Ottawa South Community Association, is to recruit members who have expertise

in land-use planning, architecture development and construction on the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning and development review committee, known as OSWatch. The committee is forced to deal with complex development applications, relying on a dozen or so members who may not have the necessary expertise or experience to craft a position on such proposals. This forces the committee to spend most of its energy

trying to understand and later fight unwanted applications instead of being proactive and encouraging desired development. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a familiar problem for the dozens of community associations across Ottawa and the result is costly and unproductive. The process begins with a development application. If community members donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the proposed building, a number of meetings are held where the developer

outlines its plans, followed by a response â&#x20AC;&#x201C; usually negative â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from area residents. If the political pressure is strong enough, the ward councillor fights the application, sometimes over the objections of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning staff. If city council rejects the application, the developer has the option of appealing to the Ontario Municipal Board. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the real fun starts. The city doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly

have a stellar record opposing development supported by its own staff before the OMB. Case in point: the 2011 decision by the OMB to expand the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s urban boundary by 850 hectares, over the objections of council and at the cost of hundreds of thousand of dollars in legal fees. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position was at odds with its planning staff. Nobody enjoys the ride on this merry-go-round â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not

the city, the residents and not the developers, even if they ultimately win their case at the OMB. Wasted time. Wasted money. Old Ottawa South is hoping to get off this topsy-turvy ride and create a proactive development review process. By working with developers instead of automatically pegging them as the enemy, both parties can avoid many of the conflicts that often end up in the laps of the OMB. Compromise is often required, and that can only come following good communication and intelligent analysis.

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Dreaming of a better Sparks Street CHARLES GORDON Funny Town

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parks Street looks pretty bedraggled these days. Mind you, some of that is just the way winter works on our city. The snow piles up, then it melts, revealing all of yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s litter and dirt. But of course litter is not all thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bothering Sparks Street, a place that has never lived up to the high expectations placed on it when it opened as a pedestrian mall in 1966. Not that it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a pleasant place at times. In the warm weather, at lunch hour, hundreds of people enjoy the sun and the stroll and visiting with their friends. Tourists, down from Parliament Hill, grab a coffee or a souvenir. But, as many observers have noted over the years, the place is silent as a tomb after six oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock and more or less deserted on weekends. What happened? Well, the federal government happened. The government owns much of the real estate along Sparks and has not been helpful to merchants and would-be developers. At any given time, a number of merchants will have been displaced while Public Works renovates something or other. Even the most ardent planning advocate must be wondering if Sparks Street might have been better off with unbridled development. The other thing that happened was the Rideau Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening in 1983. Not that Sparks Street was exactly thriving before that, but it thrived even less afterwards. Important merchants decamped for the new shopping centre and shoppers were attracted away from Sparks Street. After that grew the idea that Sparks Street needed fixing. Various plans were implement-

ed, most of them seeming to involve moving planters around. None of them worked. And the attempt to lure tourists to Sparks Street has had an unintended consequence. Now the complaint is that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find anything on the street that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aimed at tourists. The latest proposal, one not put forward as a solution but as something worth trying, is to put a zip line, a kind of glorified rope slide, somewhere on the mall to attract thrill-seekers. Well, it might do that. But if it succeeds it will just bring zip line enthusiasts to the mall. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll zip and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go home, unless there is something else to attract their attention. The same goes for another perennial dream â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a Sparks Street casino. People will come to the casino, stay in it and go home. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing for Sparks Street in that. The idea is not just to attract thrill-seekers and tourists to Sparks Street, but to attract people who live here, people who could decide to come downtown to shop instead of going to their nearest mall, who might decide to eat on Sparks rather than in the ByWard Market, who might want to hang out on a street where there is no traffic. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe this is impossible to achieve, yet it has been impossible to achieve for 46 years. The only thing that will save Sparks Street is a permanent constituency â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in other words, more people living downtown. And should there be apartments where there were once dark offices, those who live there would flock to Sparks Street, if it was open at night and if there were stores and clubs and restaurants of quality. These in turn might attract people who live away from the core. In the meantime, new options will be presented for your consideration. Markets and zip lines and new logos and more planters. Whatever option is chosen, one of them should not be reopening Sparks Street to traffic. Great cities all over the world have created pedestrian-friendly areas and many of them work really well. Cities that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have such areas wish they did. We would too.

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Preliminary plans predict 157 residential units and 188 parking spaces, with some surface parking at the rear of the building for the retail stores, accessed via McKay Street. The building is envisioned as a glass and concrete structure, stepping back from the street at five storeys to give the appearance of a smaller building. Architect Prishram Jain, from the Toronto firm TACT Architecture Inc., said he used the neighbourhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing community design plan as a guideline. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was a fantastic document and wish more communities had this type of document to follow,â&#x20AC;? Jain said. As the view from Beechwood Cemetery to Parliament Hill needs to be unimpeded, Jain said his initial plans to build a 10-storey building were scrapped. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This building in no way affects the view,â&#x20AC;? he said. For some residents, however, the glass design was unattractive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This looks like a Toronto building being placed in

an Ottawa neighbourhood,â&#x20AC;? said Gemma Kerr, one of the working discussion participants. Other commenters called for red brick to be used, as was a feature of the former structure. Delivery for the retail stores, traffic congestion and parking access were also raised as concerns. David Sacks, president of the New Edinburgh Community Alliance, said the meeting was meant to compile all of those concerns into one report to hand over to Minto for further discussion. Brent Strachan, vice president of development at Minto, agreed to remain active with the community during the planning and development stage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will keep this dialogue open,â&#x20AC;? he said. The report will be made available on New Edinburgh Community Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.newendinburgh. ca before February. Full design plans and details are available on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.ottawa.ca. Comments concerning the design must be made before Feb. 4. Another city-planned meeting is scheduled to be held this winter.

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anuary is almost over, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m starting to think about finding a new exercise regime. I like to wait until everyone else has given up on their New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions before committing to anything. As I approach official middle age, I realize that 2013 has to be the year I whip my pearshaped, post-baby (times three) body into shape. And with all the articles about sitting being the latest epidemic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sitting is the new smoking and all that â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I realize that sitting and smoking simultaneously is probably not the best way to go. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for renewal. But as I look to define the new me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the healthier, more fit me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the almost middleaged me isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite sure where to begin. Besides the inherent psychological difficulty in taking that first step, a big part of the problem is also that there are so many choices available. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m wary of committing to something financially before Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken careful time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; possibly over coffee and/or red wine, while sitting, of course â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to examine all the options. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great yoga studio, for example, spitting distance from my house with a $100-per-month unlimited yoga deal on now. It sounds great. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure my

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse bones and muscles would love me to stretch myself in new ways, never mind the mental boost it would likely provide. But all that stretching and breathing? I wonder if I would get bored after a week or two. If I spit in the other direction â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you know, from my back door â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fitness and dance studio with regular, fun aerobic classes like zumba. Everyone tells me this is a really enjoyable way to get your heart rate up. But at $16 per session, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s within my financial grasp. And then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this really cool place, nowhere near my house, in Gatineau, called PhysXtreme, where a former personal trainer helps whip you into shape by getting you to roll truck tires around and climb fireman poles and such. I have a neighbour that goes for the 6 a.m. workout. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super fit and does mud-racing and all kinds of cool things with her muscular, fit body. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never know she has two kids

and sits in an office all day. The idea of doing a non-traditional workout is extremely appealing, but I wonder how long it would be before I decided I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be bothered to drive my car to Gatineau twice a week before everyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day begins. I was about to throw in the towel and give up the whole search when I discovered a new exercise regime that may have been designed for the almost middle-aged me. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low-cost; it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require me to go anywhere; I can do it as frequently as I want and I may not even have to sweat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not for long, in any case. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called high-intensity interval training, or HIIT for short. A body of research around HIIT suggests that short periods of intense exercise may be as effective as lengthy workouts for some people. The kinesiology department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., for example, had test subjects do 30-second power pedalling on exercise bikes, inter-

spersed with four minutes of relaxed pedalling. The pattern was repeated four to six times in a session for three sessions per week, a total of about 45 minutes of exercise over the course of the week. Similar studies conducted at universities across Britain and the United States have found this type of exercise may be as effective as a daily cardio workout in reducing insulin and glucose levels, improving metabolism and, in some cases, increasing muscle gain. The only downside to HIIT is that it could cause major physical injury and/or kill you. Study results are inconclusive. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also evidence that it may not benefit people of certain genetic makeup, so short of having blood tests conducted to determine results, it may be all for naught. Still, I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to give it a try. As one friend pointed out the other day, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can commit to anything for 15 minutes, but thinking about doing something for an hour is really hard.â&#x20AC;? Yeah. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a big believer in baby steps. HIIT may just be my foray into extreme mud racing. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let you know. In the meantime, I have to go upstairs and refill my coffee. It may be the only physical stimulation I get today and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only 6 a.m.

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EMC news - To help mark the first year of the Old Ottawa South community garden, one green thumb went beyond tilling the soil to produce a commemorative calendar. The Brewer Park community garden calendar is available for free on the association website at oldottawasouth.ca. It was created by community gardener Patrick Nantel and showcases the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had printed a few as presents for our supporters and one for my wife, who was the garden coordinator,â&#x20AC;? Nantel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was my wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea to offer them out to all the members and community.â&#x20AC;? Important moments in the gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first year, including the building of the raised wooden garden boxes, the be-

ginning of the planting season and the constant watering that occurred during the dry summer months are all marked out on the pages of the calendar. Nantel is an avid photographer and he visited the garden nearly everyday, capturing images of itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evolution. Located between the Brewer Swimming Pool and Westboro School, the garden features 13 plots for members, five donation plots, as well as space for a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden. Plans to build the community garden at the park were announced in January 2012 and Nantel said funding came late, meaning volunteers worked many hours to make sure they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a lot of work, but we are very pleased, and there are plans to expand it,â&#x20AC;? he said. Both Nantel and his wife love to garden, but it was while

living in Montreal, where they participated in a community garden, that he said they found true value in working alongside neighbours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A community garden brings people together: you can share tips and there are a lot of people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the right place to grow so having a public space is optimal,â&#x20AC;? Nantel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was also a great use of parkland that was being under-used.â&#x20AC;? The Brewer Park community garden currently has a waiting list for garden boxes, something Nantel said the group plans to address this coming season with the addition of a few more boxes. The goal is to one day have a total of 55 boxes. Free copies of the calendar are available at www.oldottawasouth.ca or individuals can order a printed copy for $25.

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Program gets Girls up and running in Manor Park 10-week program gets girls out on the track Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - A new program in Manor Park is encouraging girls to lace up their sneakers for a good cause. The Manor Park Community Council has launched a new program for girls in grades 3 to 5 called Girls on the Run. The 10-week program teaches participants how to run a ďŹ ve kilometre race, all while raising money for the Girls on the Run charity. Lana Burpee, the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, said it was nearly two years ago that she ďŹ rst contacted Girls on the Run, looking to ďŹ nd out if there was a way for Manor Park to participate. At the time, the organization wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet ready to expand and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until this past fall that the organization contacted Burpee, who jumped at the chance to join in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do a lot of sport programs and we began to notice that girls start to participate less around age 12,â&#x20AC;? she said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have tried a number of things to keep girls interested, included making things girls only with little success, but this program has both a classroom component and a physical one. It was a perfect combination.â&#x20AC;? Burpee added the council liked that the program aims to develop positive physical, mental, emotional and social skills for the girls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It delivers something that has been practiced and tested so that we can use it in our community successfully,â&#x20AC;? Burpee said.

This is something that everyone can do and the only person stopping you from running is yourself. BARBARA SPANTON, COACH

Once they were on board with the program, all that was needed was to ďŹ nd some volunteer coaches. Burpee said they put a call out to residents in Manor Park and received a number of responses, eventually settling on a pair of coaches. Barbara Spanton will be one of those coaches and said she is looking forward to motivating the young girls.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start running until my mid-20s,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought that was for track athletes, but really if you look outside, you will see everyone in every shape and sizes running.â&#x20AC;? Spanton hopes girls who have never run before sign up, because she truly feels this could be a turning point in their lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is something that everyone can do and the only person stopping you from running is yourself, and you may not get to your goal all at once, but that is why you have 10 weeks to get there,â&#x20AC;? Spanton said. This year will be the ďŹ rst for Girls on the Run operating in Ottawa, and the girls participating in the program will participate in another charity event, Emilieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Run, on June 22. Burpee said the program is accepting close to 30 applicants, but if more apply she said the council would do their best to accommodate everyone. The program runs from April 16 to June 20 every Tuesday and Thursday at Manor Park Public School. A registration fee of $139 applies to this program, with all proceeds going towards the charity. Interested girls can register starting Feb. 4 through the Manor Park Community Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.manorpark.ca.

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Trillium grant helps to strengthen communities Funding to help co-ordinate programming for at-risk youth Jennifer McIntosh jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

EMC news - A grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will help to provide programming for single parents, at-risk youth and seniors. The $122,000 grant was presented to the Social Planning Council of Ottawa and Jewish Family Services at the family services office on Carling Avenue on Jan. 15. The monies will be provided over two years to help with mentoring and support to Ottawa Somaliland community services, Canada Nepal Solidarity for Peace, Cooperation Integration Canada, La CoopĂŠrative Enseignants Pas Ă  Pas and the Shia Moslem community. The grant will also provide seed funding to implement

new programs for at-risk youth and single parents in Ottawa. Jewish Family Services director Mark Zarecki said the two larger agencies could provide support in the setting up of boards and volunteer management. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great chance for us to work with smaller agencies in a way we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been able to before,â&#x20AC;? Zarecki said adding that another Trillium grant has helped increase revenues from their counselling services, allowing them to provide better services to low-income clients that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay the fees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any time we get Trillium funding it helps us to attain program goals,â&#x20AC;? he said. Bob Chiarelli, the MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, made the announcement and said

the organizations working in Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communities are the glue that holds the city together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am pleased that with the help of this funding, our community partners will be able to enhance their services and continue to offer high quality programs for families in Ottawa,â&#x20AC;? he said. Sherry Franklin, a representative of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, said the foundation gives out $120 million annually to projects that make better and more vibrant communities. Howard Cohen, from the Social Planning Council of Ottawa said the money will help new immigrants and teachers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the partnership continues and we make a better city,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Mission’s first female director ‘softened’ Sandy Hill shelter Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - The Ottawa Mission was a completely different world when Diane Morrison first arrived as a volunteer in 1990. For one thing, it was a different world for Morrison, who had never encountered a panhandler or someone living on the streets during her upbringing in the Wakefield, Que., area. The male residents of the shelter hadn’t encountered someone like her, either. Morrison was the first woman to work at the shelter before she became its first female executive director. Now, 20 years later, the Beacon Hill resident has come a long way from the days when the shelter’s clients wouldn’t talk to her. Now, they see her as sort of a mother. On Jan. 9 as she prepared for her retirement the next day, Morrison reflected on how her influence has “softened” the Mission. Morrison was working as a teacher in Chelsea and volunteering at the shelter when she decided to take a leave of absence from her job to run the shelter full-time for a year, which then turned into two years. At that point, there were no other volunteers, no donations, no treatment programs for the clients and just 17 employees – all men.

“The board didn’t know what to do. They always had men. They used to call me ‘dear,’” Morrison said. “It’s softened the place a lot.” The men of the Mission wouldn’t give her the time of day when Morrison first began coming to scrub nicotinestained walls. They eventually warmed up, thanks in part to the loose cigarettes Morrison would stock her pockets with and dole out to the men. “They generally have a good relationship with their mom. They don’t always have a good relationship with their dad,” she said. “It’s kind of that whole nurturing role.” One client Morrison really connected with was a man named Timmy. He was one of the first men with AIDS to arrive at the shelter, and Morrison provided a bed and a chance for his friends to visit him as he was dying. “We had the funeral for him here,” Morrison said. That defining moment in 2002 inspired Morrison to set up the first hospice for the homeless with 14 beds. Morrison’s work completely changed the way shelters approached finances. In the 1990s, people simply didn’t donate money to places like the Mission, Morrison said. “We were really strapped,” she said. When she started out, the Mission had an annual in-

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building’s roof. It leaked, so the shelter was unable to put any beds on the top floor. The roof had just been installed when a fire broke out on Christmas Eve of 1992.

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and food. “It was kind of a defining moment,” Morrison said. The fire made the national news and people began to recognize the Mission name for the first time. A newspaper advertising campaign followed after a suggestion from a man from California. Money that began to trickle in allowed Morrison to create the first programs for Mission clients, such as addiction treatment programs. Under Morrison’s tutelage, the Mission became the first local shelter to reach out to police and to the neighbouring community. Now, officers can walk through the shelter and none of the clients blink an eye, Morrison said. Neighbours are similarly nonplussed. There was some tension when crack cocaine use exploded in Ottawa about seven years ago and community meetings helped smooth over relations, Morrison said. This Christmas, residents moving into nearby condo buildings took up a large collection for the Mission and set up a tree with ornaments of socks and underwear to donate to the men. “(One condo resident) said, ‘You’re our neighbours,’” Morrison said. “You’re our neighbours and we’re your neighbours and we have to learn to work together.”

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User fees on the rise at Parks Canada sites Canal lockage fees could triple, feedback sought Emma Jackson emma.jackson@metroland.com

EMC news - Parks Canada is looking for public feedback on a new fee structure that could triple lockage fees on the Rideau Canal. On Jan. 11, the federal department announced a set of new user fees that would replace prices frozen since 2008. The proposed changes include standardized fees for mooring, facility rentals, programming and using the country’s canal systems. Currently, it costs $0.90 per foot for a boat to travel both ways through a lock on the Rideau Canal, or $1.60 per foot for a day pass. A seasonal pass is $8.80 per foot. The new fee structure could scrap seasonal and day passes – although backlash has prompted Parks Canada to consider developing similar products – and adopt a per-use payment structure that requires boaters to buy individual tickets to travel through the locks. Tickets cost $0.30 per foot, and boaters need at least two tickets to go through any lock in one direction. It takes two tickets to pass a low-elevation single lock and three to pass a single or multi-lock chamber at medium elevation. It

will cost four tickets to pass through any multi-lock chamber at high elevation. That means owners of a 25foot boat would be charged $7.50 per ticket, and would be charged between $15 and $30 each time they go through a lockstation. To travel through all 23 locks between Ottawa and Kingston and back would cost $975 in tickets. At the current rates, a 25foot boat can do the same trip with a six-day pass for the flat rate of $126.25. Parks Canada’s vice president of visitor experiences Andrew Campbell said boaters and commercial operators have already made it clear that the seasonal and six-day passes were useful, and Parks Canada was set to announce similar discount products after this newspaper’s press time. Campbell said the proposed fee hikes are necessary to offset the $18.7 million taxpayers are shelling out every year just to operate boating services on Canada’s canals. Senator Jim Munson, however, said taxpayers should bear some burden for the treasures under Parks Canada’s charge, because they are for all Canadians to use. “Parks were created and built for Canadians to enjoy the beauty of their country,”

he said. “And that meant all Canadians. As time has moved on, whether it is campground sites or golf courses in national parks, the prices are now out of the range of ordinary Canadians. They’re making it difficult for ordinary Canadians to see our own country.” Munson said he understands and supports the need to charge a reasonable fee to use the sites, but said it has to be kept within reason - and if the shortfall comes out of the taxpayer’s pocket, so be it. “There are a lot of things that I’m paying for here as a taxpayer that I don’t get a benefit from,” he said. “These are public lands ... that should be accessible to the entire public.” Campbell said national historic sites will still only cost $10 per adult to visit – a minor fee compared to other leisure activities. “You can’t go to a movie for $10,” Campbell said. “For a great day out its hard to think of anything that’s a better value.” Munson said the proposed fees, particularly for canals, will deter Canadians from using them, not encourage them. “This is just going to drain the canal of boaters and thus will hurt our local economy,” said Munson, who feels so

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A new fee structure being explored by Parks Canada would see the cost of boating the Rideau Canal increase significantly. The federal government says the proposed price hikes are needed to offset high operating costs. strongly about the waterway his Senate designation is listed as serving Ottawa-Rideau Canal. “It’s one thing to say it’s going to help out the department and its deficit, but that’s a simplistic approach. What does it do for the local economy from here to Kingston? This is a lifeline between two historic cities.” According to Parks Canada, the department has over 3,300 fees for services like park and site entry, camping, interpretive programs, boat lockage and facility rentals. Revenues

are invested in the sites to help pay for the services and facilities that visitors use. However, the expense of providing services to visitors continues to increase as a result of higher energy and other operational costs, a Parks Canada statement said. Parks Canada is proposing that future fee adjustments take place in accordance with the consumer price index “in order to respond to annual inflationary operational costs.” “Most fees will be limited

to an adjustment not exceeding the two-year cumulative percentage of the average consumer price index,” the statement said. “This would occur in two-year intervals thereafter, beginning in 2013.” A new fee structure would apply for recreational users beginning April 1, 2013. New fees for commercial operators would apply in April 2014. Full details can be found at parkscanada.gc.ca. Members of the public can email or mail their feedback to Parks Canada before Feb. 18. R0011870375

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Future guide dogs look for happy homes Emma Jackson emma.jackson@metroland.com

EMC news - If the goal is to socialize Franklin the puppy to become a calm, wellbehaved guide dog, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no better place for it than Donna Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home. Between Cody the cockatooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squawks for attention, Tutu the parrotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheeky hellos, Poppy canaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chirping and the yips and yaps of dog duo Pepper and Buddy, Franklin is surrounded by furry and feathered friends - and their noise - all day long. In Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Manotick home, a certain level of chaos and noise is expected â&#x20AC;&#x153;when you live in a zoo,â&#x20AC;? she said. But fostering the eightweek-old yellow Labrador retriever brought a whole new level of commitment on Jan. 11. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a lot of work,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If anyone has had a baby, an infant, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know exactly what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like. When heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awake, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re spending your time teaching him.â&#x20AC;? Martin lives alone with her menagerie, and seems to have plenty of love to go around. Taking Franklin out for a bathroom break after lunch, her encouraging calls of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good

getting busy!â&#x20AC;? ďŹ ll the wooded backyard. Martin is one of many foster parents raising puppies to become guide dogs for people with visual impairments. A new litter of retrievers was born in November, and the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind in Manotick is looking for foster homes in eastern Ontario to raise the puppies for up to 18 months. Foster families are required to train the dogs using speciďŹ c commands so they are consistently prepared for formal guide dog training, and to help the dog become a social, well-adapted dog. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re raising a good dog,â&#x20AC;? said Guide Dogs spokesperson Steven Doucette. Doucette said the foster home job is not for everyone. At least one person in the household must have the time to be with the puppy virtually 24 hours a day and everyone must commit to the training regimen the organization requires. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some families look at it as a perfect volunteer job and some see it as a trial run,â&#x20AC;? Doucette said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Others do it really for the cause.â&#x20AC;? Martin, without question, does it for the cause. She has

wanted to foster a guide dog puppy for a long time, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t because the organization required a fenced-in back yard, she said. As soon as she heard the restriction was lifted, she put her name on the foster parent list. Her compassion for people with visual impairments was instilled in her at an early age, by a father who wore â&#x20AC;&#x153;coke bottle glassesâ&#x20AC;? and was extremely myopic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He stressed the importance of eyes to me,â&#x20AC;? Martin said. As a teen, she used to close her eyes and walk through the house to see what it would feel like to be blind. A week into fostering Franklin, Martin knows it will be hard to give him up when he leaves for training school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be very sad,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to become attached. I know I am. But heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not my dog.â&#x20AC;? Knowing youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to give the dog up at the end of the foster period doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily make it easier, Doucette agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still going to be a little bit heartbreaking and emotional,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people will compare it to sending a child off to school, raising kids and

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Franklin the yellow Labrador retriever cuddles with his foster mom, Donna Martin, at her home in Manotick. The eight-week-old puppy will live with Martin for 18 months before heading off for guide dog training. knowing theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll eventually leave the house.â&#x20AC;? Nevertheless, Doucette said the foster program can be very rewarding for those who are accepted to take a puppy. Guide Dog trainers will visit at least once a month to check on the puppyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress. Foster families require access to a vehicle for veterinary appointments and train-

ing sessions, but all food and veterinary expenses are covered. Of course, support staff is on hand at the Manotickbased Guide Dog headquarters for advice as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They give you a fantastic amount of support,â&#x20AC;? Martin said. And despite the anguish of the eventual goodbye, Martin

said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel happy knowing Franklin is heading off to do good work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to put my emotions and effort into making sure heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s socialized so I can send him off and know heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be helping somebody.â&#x20AC;? For more information, contact Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind at info@guidedogs. ca or 613-692-7777.

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When is the last time you had to pay extra to receive a bill?

Steph Willems

Recently you may have noticed a new fee has appeared on your monthly bills. This past year, many companies started charging you two dollars per month to keep receiving your bill by mail. Whether it be a telephone, internet, cable, utility company or a bank, it seems everywhere you look, someone is jumping on the “pay-to-pay” bandwagon and sticking consumers with the cost of doing business.

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EMC news - What started as a joke sent over the Internet via Twitter has turned into a new food-based festival for the Hintonburg community. Organizers within the Hintonburg Community Association are marking May 18 on their calendars as the day their neighbourhood and city will rally around a muchoverlooked and underappreciated food product, one which that has deep roots in North American culinary and social history. Often found at the back of the top shelf of Canadian pantries, Jell-O – the ubiquitous, nostalgic gelatin-based dessert – will soon have its day in the sun. The Hintonburg Community Centre will be ground zero for a number of Jell-O-based competitions at the unusual event, which started as a bit of social media fun but quickly took on a life on its own. “While it may have started off as an ill-conceived tweet, it turns out to be a pretty popular idea,” said association president Jeff Leiper, who insists the event be referred to as the Festival of Jell-O. Fuelling the enthusiasm for the event could easily be warm, nostalgic childhood memories of the colourful, gelatinous dessert, which remains popular with children and many adults to this day. A quick look at the history of the brand, which dates back

You may be a loyal customer for years who has always received a bill in the mail, but now you’re being charged extra for it. These fees force you to pay to receive the bill, so you can then pay that bill. They’re making you pay, to pay. It’s not something I consider a privilege.

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When it comes to food-based festivals in Hintonburg, it seems there’s always room for more. The Hintonburg Community Association recently announced they will be holding a Festival of Jell-O this May. to the 1897, shows that Jell-O is more strongly ingrained in Western culture than people give it credit for. At the turn of the 20th century, Jell-O – plain and in molded salad form – was seen as a luxury item meant to wow dinner guests (as it required refrigeration to prepare). In the mid-20th century, as the convenience-centred postwar age progressed, Jell-O puddings, and “no-bake” pies provided huge litters of kids with the sugar they craved and stressed mothers with the free time they needed. As generations and associ-

ated fads waxed and waned, the brand introduced numerous new products with varying degrees of success. But it is the original Jell-O, the semi-transparent, flavoured gelatin that people seem to hold the fondest memories of. The exact itinerary of the Festival of Jell-O hasn’t yet been set, but Leiper did say it will include a jellied salad competition and perhaps a Jell-O photography or art competition. There is also a hope that Kraft, the brand’s owner, might get involved once noti-

fied of the event. Hintonburg is quickly becoming known as a destination for food lovers and the community itself is also gaining recognition for its outsidethe-box events. Last year’s organized, community-wide wake held for the departing Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise was – much like the Festival of Jell-O – an idea that started as an offhand joke, but snowballed into the real thing. “Hintonburg is an irreverent community,” said Leiper. “People are reacting far more positively than I expected.” R0011871007

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My opposition colleagues and I are calling on the Conservative Government and its agencies to take action to stop pay-to-pay fees from impacting Canadians.

But charging consumers for paper billing (an outlay that companies have been paying for as a part of the cost of doing business up until now) is an obvious cash-grab. It’s worth millions of dollars and it is largely Canadian seniors and low-income families who are being stuck with the bill. Your bills are high enough. Canadians should not be expected to pay extra for the bill itself. It is my hope that the government will agree and take action to stop this unfair practice.

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omething was amiss at the Northcote School. First of all, Marguirite sneaked in like she had just been caught with her hand in the cookie jar. She usually made a grand entrance so that everyone could get a good look at whatever fancy outfit she had worn that day, but not only did she come in just as Miss Crosby rang the nine o’clock bell, she wore a wool toque and made no move to take it off, even though hats in school were strictly forbidden. She went right up to Miss Crosby’s desk and whispered in her ear. Miss Crosby looked at the hat, made a great sigh and nodded towards Marguirite’s desk. Every eye was on the young girl who didn’t have a friend in the entire school as she meekly took her seat. Well, if that didn’t just tie it -- she was going to be allowed to wear her hat in school. None of us would dare be so bold. Even the boys, the second they walked in the door, removed their caps and hung them on a hook at the back of the room. At recess Joyce, Velma and I got in a huddle to discuss this latest caper and none of us could imagine why Marguirite, who took such pride in her golden curls, would hide them under a toque. We all knew Marguirite,

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories who thought she was a dead ringer for Shirley Temple, got those curls from Ducharmes’ Beauty Parlour, and the golden hair right out of a bottle of dye from Ritza’s Drug Store in Renfrew. Even the boys at school noticed the toque. Cecil made some snide remarks and jabbed Emerson in the ribs, but that day that’s about all the attention they gave to Marguirite. There were more important things to do at recess, like pouring water from the pump on the small square of ice behind the schoolhouse. Miss Crosby rang the bell and recess was over. When we went inside, Marguirite’s head was still covered. Well, it was lunch time, and we all knew it wouldn’t be long before either Cecil or Emerson would get to the bottom of Marguirite’s hat. We were allowed to eat inside on winter days, but the second the last mouthful was down, we headed outside to play, either on the small patch of ice or on the excuse for a hill that the senior boys had built up by piling snow over

the wood fence at the back of the yard. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see Emerson and Cecil whispering and the look they both had on their faces spelled trouble. In one fell-swoop, they tore past Marguirite, with Cecil making a dive for the toque. They never stopped running until they reached the patch of ice at the back of the schoolhouse. Meanwhile, Marguirite looked like she had been shot with a gun. She stood frozen on the spot, and finally, we could all see why the toque never left her head. Right down the back, where there should have been a cascade of golden curls, was a streak of orange hair, and it was as straight as a stick. She clamped her hand over the spot and ran into the schoolhouse like someone possessed. Before our lunch hour was over, Miss Crosby rang the big brass bell and we knew Cecil and Emerson were in for it. They had no idea where they had dropped the toque.

My youngest brother Earl was sent out to look for it. The two culprits, without asking, knew what was coming. Without even being asked, they went up to Miss Crosby’s desk and held out a hand. She brought the strap down with a thunder that could be heard in Admaston. They boys never flinched. They got far worse fighting each other in the back yard. Earl got the toque, covered with snow, and handed it to Marguirite, who by this time was crying great running tears, wiping her eyes with one hand and covering the offending spot at the back of her head with the other. Marguirite always wanted everyone to believe she was born with golden hair and the curls to match. That day, everyone at school knew different, but the incident was soon forgotten and Marguirite’s mother must have made a fast trip into Renfrew, because when Marguirite walked into the classroom the next day, her head was a mass of golden curls. We had no idea how her mother got rid of the orange streak, but Joyce, Velma and I were pretty sure she had to cut it out with a pair of scissors. Joyce, the most kind hearted of the three of us thought we should all feel sorry for the girl, and maybe tell her so. But when we took a vote between the three of us, Joyce lost.

Carleton project to help protect St. Lawrence New grant will help water quality of river Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Carleton University students working to improve water quality in the St. Lawrence River recently got a bit of help from the Ontario government. A grant for $17,446 from the Great Lakes Guardian community fund will allow the university to pay for the planting native species and clearing of debris from Watts Creek, a tributary of the Ottawa River, which in turn flows into the St. Lawrence. This project will ultimately help improve and protect the water quality in the river system. “This project will engage student volunteers in solving real-world problems through hands-on restoration on Watts Creek,” said Dr. Steven J. Cook, associate professor of environmental science and biology for Carleton University. “We are thrilled to have support from the provincial

government for stream restoration activities that will have a meaningful impact on local aquatic ecosystems.” Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi said this grant is an example of one way people can help preserve Ontario’s lakes and rivers. There are more than 4,000 species of plants and wildlife that live in the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem, making it one of the richest biological regions in Canada. “I encourage everyone to help by joining local efforts to clean up our beaches, creeks, streams, rivers and lakes.” Naqiv said. The Great Lakes guardian community fund is administered by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment. The grant helps community groups, nonprofit organizations and First Nations and Métis communities clean up and restore their rivers and lakes. It provides up to $25,000 to help groups protect the Great Lakes in the province.

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EMC news - Jennifer McKenzie, chairwoman of Ottawa’s public school board, has announced her intention to seek the provincial New Democratic Party’s nomination in Ottawa Centre. McKenzie, a former electrical engineer who has served as chairwoman of the board for two years and trustee for Kitchissippi/Somerset for six, cited recent decisions by the McGuinty Liberals as her motivation for running. She joins former Ottawa city councillor Alex Cullen in contention for the nomination. Recent labour strife between the provincial government and the public elementary and secondary school boards factors heavily into McKenzie’s decision, which was made after “a lot of time, and careful consid-

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Jennifer McKenzie, chairwoman of the Ottawa public school board, is looking to secure the Ontario NDP nomination in Ottawa Centre. eration.” “I think it’s the right thing to do,” said McKenzie. “We’ve been caught in the middle – normally we would be partners in the bargaining process.” The Ottawa-Centre riding has been held by Liberal Yasir Naqvi since 2007.

McKenzie’s dissatisfaction with the governing Liberals goes beyond the current tension between the public boards and the province, which was heightened by the imposition of Bill 115 and the subsequent job action initiated by the teacher unions.

“Public education is one of the core institutions that supports a democracy,” said McKenzie, adding the current situation is “unacceptable.” “It’s just one of a pattern of similar actions we’ve seen from the McGuinty government, including the prorogation of the provincial legislature.” A nomination meeting is scheduled for Feb. 28. In the interim, McKenzie said she plans to talk to as many residents as possible, introduce herself and discuss the issues affecting the province. On her decision to seek the nomination, McKenzie said she has received strong support from friends, family and colleagues. At a meeting of Ottawa Carleton District School Board trustees last Tuesday, McKenzie spoke to her colleagues about her plans. “They were very supportive,” said McKenzie.

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Beacon Hill-Cyrville If you’re reading this, we have both survived another Christmas season and are looking forward to cheering on our Sens again. Happy New Year!

Policing Summit This week I had the honour of representing Ottawa on behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with my colleague Eli El-Chantiry, at the SUMMIT ON THE ECONOMICS OF POLICING, STRENGTHENING CANADA’S POLICING ADVANTAGE. This is a first, in conjunction with all levels of government. Policing is not the same at it once was, and we all agree that the cost of policing is soaring. Although the overall crime has dropped, court time, processes and procedures have all changed over time, resulting in growing numbers in police forces. Issues for discussion included mental health; a front burner topic, budgets, arbitration and changes to government rules and regulations relating to policing. Speakers included the Honourable Vic Toews, Federal Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Shirley Bond, BC Attorney General and Minister of Justice, and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson. We heard many valuable ideas from across the country and I will be returning to City Hall to share information, consider City-specific issues and identify possible solutions for enhancement and cost-cutting where feasible. We want to be ahead of the curve in addressing issues.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from the seasonal flu In December 2012, Ottawa Public Health received many reports of cases of Influenza A and is investigating a large number of outbreaks of Influenza A in long-term care homes and retirement homes (H3N2 is the predominant strain in Ontario at the present time). It is not too late to get the flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones. The flu vaccine is safe and getting immunized is an easy way to avoid missing school or work, or passing on the flu to those around you. This year’s flu vaccine (in Canada) covers three strains: the 2009 H1N1 strain, an influenza A known as H3N2 and an influenza B component. Ottawa Public Health is offering additional flu clinics. However, residents can still get their flu vaccine at their doctor’s office, some local pharmacies and many walk-in clinics in the city

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OSCA executive board election drawing near Membership required in order to qualify for position on Ottawa South association board Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - The annual general meeting of the Ottawa South Community Association isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until May 7, but the time to start thinking about becoming a board member has already arrived. The association wants to remind residents and business people in the neighbourhood that they will need to sign up as a member soon if they are thinking about seeking a seat on the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because potential board members must be â&#x20AC;&#x153;members in good standingâ&#x20AC;? of the community association for at least three months before the annual general meeting if they would like to be considered for a position. Becoming a member is free and those interested in joining the association can do so online by visiting oldottawasouth.ca. There are around 18 positions on the board and the annual turnover is usually about 10 per cent, so association president Michael Jen-

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We always encourage people to come out to the AGM and to join the board and committees. MICHAEL JENKINS, OSCA PRESIDENT

Whether you want to seek a board position or not, now is a good time to check in with the community association and follow neighbourhood issues in the lead-up to the annual general meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always encourage people to come out to the AGM and to join the board and committees,â&#x20AC;? Jenkins said. Community association secretary Michaela Tokarski highlighted a particular

need for a new special events co-ordinator â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a role thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently ďŹ lled by the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paid staff person, executive director Christy Savage. There is already one vacancy on the board after Greg Zador resigned because he disagreed with the wording of a letter regarding planning issues in the city that was spearheaded by Jay Baltz of the Hintonburg Community Association and the Federation of Citizens Associations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found myself at odds with some positions the board was taking, particularly related to the language,â&#x20AC;? Zador said, calling the letter â&#x20AC;&#x153;unnecessary, inappropriate and inďŹ&#x201A;ammatory.â&#x20AC;? While Zador said he agreed with some of the points made in the letter, the language unnecessarily called into question the integrity of city planning staff. Zador said he is encouraged to hear that the community association and its planning watchdog group, OSWatch, are considering adopting a more engaging, positive approach to looking at what the community would like to see, rather than reacting and complaining about issues the community association sees as problems.

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EMC news - As Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais recovers after a heart attack and surgery, his ofďŹ ce staff and fellow councillors are stepping in to ďŹ ll his shoes. Blais, 32, suffered a heart attack on Jan. 7 while working out at GoodLife Fitness at Place dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;OrlĂŠans. He was taken to the Monfort Hospital and later to the Ottawa Heart Institute, where he underwent surgery. Blais awoke from a medically induced coma two days later

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contacted Blaisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce immediately after he heard what happened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve offered my services as a city councillor for anything where they need a councillorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intervention, such as bureaucracy, such as meeting with developers, meeting with the community,â&#x20AC;? he said. Monette was on his way to a ďŹ rst meeting with a developer on behalf of Cumberland residents on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Any help he gives is completely at the request and discretion of Blaisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce staff, Monette said. Blaisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staffers are â&#x20AC;&#x153;top notch,â&#x20AC;? so the dayto-day affairs of his ofďŹ ce are in good hands, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I meet with the developer

(with one of Blaisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff)â&#x20AC;Ś After I have all the information, I submit that to Stephanie (one of the staffers) with my own views and my own recommendations, but they have the ďŹ nal say on everything,â&#x20AC;? Monette said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best way, I think.â&#x20AC;? Council could authorize another councillor or councillors to take over representing Cumberland Ward residents in meetings with developers, deputy clerk Leslie Donnelly said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been our experience that any councillor working on a ďŹ le will respect the wishes and needs of the ward councillor, no matter what, because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they get elected to do,â&#x20AC;? Donnelly said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has not been our experience that people have pushed their own agenda rather than doing what the ward councillor typically would do.â&#x20AC;? If a councillor is absent from meetings for three months, by law their seat is declared vacant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a sense of precaution, we usually recommend that council pass a motion that says, because you are allowed by resolution, to excuse them from that provision in the municipal act,â&#x20AC;? said Rick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, the city clerk and solicitor. There is no time limit on how long a councillor can be on a leave of absence. A council motion is also required to give the clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce authority to sign off on

routine ofďŹ ce expenses. But when it comes to certain development-related and planning issues that usually fall under the councillorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s control, neighbouring councillors are not allowed to sign off on those approvals, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There would be no legislative authority for them to do that,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sign off on any of the delegated matters,â&#x20AC;? he added. As far as how long Blais might be away from city hall, Monette said he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t received any information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard anything except that he is responding well,â&#x20AC;? Monette said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a very serious incident.â&#x20AC;?

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Commission gives green light for equestrian proposal Park, a competition held at the park every August, said the event was a fundraiser for the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We raise money for saddle cushions, tack and other supplies for the therapeutic riding program. If we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t raising money for that, I am not sure why we would hold the competition,â&#x20AC;? she said, following the news that the city would no longer be running the park. In July, Sherry said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not sure if the new owners would allow the competition to take place at the park and there is no other facility in the city that could accommodate more than two rings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We may be able to have a smaller competition somewhere else,â&#x20AC;? she said. Karen Sparks, executive director for the foundation, said the proposal was aimed at promoting equestrianism in the city and making it accessible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very excited to get going,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The WCF is hoping to make a big impact in the community and this will be our ďŹ&#x201A;agship project.â&#x20AC;?

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EMC news - The National Capital Commission is placing its bets on a proposal to save a local equestrian park. The Wesley Clover Foundation, a charitable organization started by Kanata high tech mogul Terry Matthews, submitted a proposal to the commission in July 2012 after the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nance and economic development committee voted to stop running the Nepean National Equestrian Park on Corkstown Road. The commission announced on Jan. 17 it would be accepting the proposal following the conclusion of a requests for expressions of interest process. The two parties are now working to put a lease in place and get all the approvals necessary. A press release from the NCC said the proposal would require an amendment to the Greenbelt Master Plan

to allow for the sports ďŹ elds and forest school. The amendment was to be considered by their board of directors on Jan. 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; after the EMC went to press. Jean-Francois TrĂŠpanier, chief executive ofďŹ cer for the NCC said the plan is in line with the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objectives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The NCC is pleased to announce such an ambitious initiative for this Greenbelt facility,â&#x20AC;? he said in a press release. The parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future as a cityoperated facility was questioned seven years ago and was given a reprieve with the direction that it needed to operate on a cost-recovery basis. Bay Coun. Mark Taylor said in July that national competitions offer economic beneďŹ t to the city, but two of the major shows that used to come to the park werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coming anymore. The facility needed a $1.2million upgrade and had oper-

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Hockey Helps the Homeless returns to Sensplex Organizers aim to raise $150,000 for Mission, Ottawa Intercity Ministries Blair Edwards blair.edwards@metroland.com

EMC news - Hockey Helps the Homeless is preparing to hit the ice for its third-annual tournament at the Bell Sensplex on March 1. Organizers are once again aiming to raise $150,000 at the event, with the money going to support the Ottawa Mission and Ottawa Intercity Ministries. Last year’s event raised $106,000. “Now’s our call for people who want to come out and play in the tournament,” said Ray Skaff, spokesman for the Ottawa charity hockey tournament. “The response is starting to pick up, but we’re encouraging people to come out.” The event hopes to attract 16 teams – both men’s and women’s – to register for the tournament. Hockey Helps the Homeless is an annual event played in major cities across Canada that allows hockey enthusiasts to play three games on a team with NHL alumni, such as former Ottawa Senators Laurie Boschman and Brad Marsh. For a $150 registration fee, participants receive a team jersey with their name on the back and an invitation to a dinner and a silent auction. In addition, every male participant is expected to raise a minimum of $350, while female players must raise a minimum of $150. The tournament raises between $150,000 to $200,000 in cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, with 35 per cent of the money used to pay to run the event. Anyone interested in registering for the tournament or volunteering their time to help on the organizing committee can email mike@hhth.

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com. Players can raise money using the Hockey Helps the Homeless website at hockeyhelpsthehomeless.com to cover the entry costs. The Ottawa tournament almost didn’t happen last year, as organizers were forced to postpone the event because of a lack of interest from participants and volunteers. But interest in the tournament picked up after the media reported on the charity’s organizing problems, with several volunteers stepping forward, including Kanata’s Dave Edgecomb, co-chairman of last year’s event. This year’s co-chairwoman is Judy Thompson, a former chairwoman of the HOPE volleyball charity tournament and several other charities. STAR POWER

Hockey Helps the Homeless will feature former players from the National Hockey League and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Former Ottawa Senators Marsh, Boschman, Shean Donovan and Brad Brown will play in the tournament and are organizing “an outstanding lineup” of NHL alumni to participate in the event, with two NHL alumni per team, said the tournament’s organizers. “Hockey Helps the Homeless puts on a great tournament,” said Boschman. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for hockey fans to enjoy a big league hockey experience for a day while helping those in need in our local Ottawa communities. “The organizers do a fantastic job ensuring we all have a lot of fun,” he added. “I look forward to being a part of it every year.” Robert Trickett, who par-

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Hockey Helps the Homeless, a charitable tournament to support the Ottawa Mission, returns to the Bell Sensplex in Kanata on March 1. The annual event is still welcoming new men’s and women’s teams. ticipated in last year’s tournament, said it was a thrill to play with former NHL players. “Does it get any better than getting dressed beside two exNHLers in a pro style locker room for a fantastic cause?” he asked. “This is one of the most unique and entertaining charity events I have every been involved in.”

Organizers are hoping to boost corporate funding of the event, said Gary Scullion, co-founder and executive director of the nationwide tournament. SLOW START

The first event staged in Ottawa only managed to raise $13,000, with the money go-

ing to the Ottawa Mission, which helped fund renovations at its Waller Street shelter. The event also had trouble putting together a volunteer organizing committee, leaving one of the charity’s full-time employees the task of running most of the event. Two years later, the charity again had trouble attracting volunteers

to help run the tournament. In August 2012, only one prospective volunteer showed up for the kickoff meeting for Ottawa’s Hockey Helps the Homeless tournament. But when news of the charity’s organizing problems went public, the charity was inundated with phone calls from prospective players and volunteers.

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Special Olympian off to world games for snowshoeing For Orléans athlete, trip to Korea payoff for long hours of hard work Brier Dodge brier.dodge@metroland.com

EMC news - An Orléans man is the only eastern Ontario special Olympian to be travelling to the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea. For Jacob Mathews, 24, years of competitions have paid off as he heads to South Korea on Jan. 24 to compete in snowshoeing. In a four year cycle, Mathews had to qualify at the Eastern Ontario regional championship several years ago, then provincials, before the 2012 national games, which served as the world games qualifier. “It’s very hard to get picked for world games,” Mathews said. “You have to go to a lot of competitions.” He’s been competing in the snowshoeing event for 10 years, but has also competed at the national games in swimming and five pin bowling. His medal count for snowshoeing far outnumbers his other medals, so snowshoeing is the sport he’s pursued. It helps that he’s got a close connection with his coach – his mother, Rachel Mathews, who was also selected to trav-

el to South Korea as one of the snowshoe team coaches. The pair will be heading to PyeongChang in South Korea for the Jan. 29 to Feb. 5 events, where they’ll stay for two weeks, competing at the same venue as the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the Alpensia Biathalon Centre. Over 120 countries compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games and Mathews has been training intensely to try and win a medal. The athletes are divided up after the preliminary round, and put into groups with similar finish times. Each group then has their own medal winners. To improve his personal best times in his events, the 1,600- and 800-metre cross-country races and the 4x100 metre relay, Mathews trains several different ways throughout the week. He swims once a week, completes strength workouts with a personal trainer two times a week, runs track several days a week and snowshoes once or twice a week as well. In the summer, he’s even trained in the sand at Petrie Island. He ramped up his training this summer, including run-

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Rachel and Jacob Mathews of Orléans are heading to the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea on Jan. 24. Jacob has qualified for the 1,600-, 800- and 4x100-metre relay snowshoeing events, and Rachel will be attending as a snowshoeing coach. The Special Olympics World Winter Games, like the regular Olympics, are held every four years. ning, which he found different than snowshoeing around a track. At first, one lap around the track was difficult, but by the end of the summer he was able to run 10 kilometres. “You need that kind of endurance so you don’t run out of gas,” Rachel Mathews said. “He’s big and strong and his legs are long.” The 6-foot-4 Mathews said

he enjoys snowshoeing because it’s ‘easygoing’ and he enjoys team training sessions, especially snowshoe soccer. All the travel associated with competing has been a benefit for the outgoing athlete. “I like to travel to the competitions because there are all sorts of places you can go,” he said. After training camps took

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If he were to give advice to younger special Olympians, he would tell them, “Train hard, it’s worth it,” he said. And bringing home a medal is a family affair for the Mathews. “I’ve just watched these athletes develop and you can see the change from year to year,” Rachel Mathews said. “To have the two of us together is something special.”

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

The Westboro Beach Community Association welcomes you to its annual winter carnival to be held at Westboro Beach from 12 to 4 pm. The carnival will feature a bonfire and marshmallows,snow soccer, tobogganing and snow building and colouring, Hot dogs and coffee will also be available. For more information, please call 613-725-9872. The Ottawa Public Library will be hosting the Human Library between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., at five Ottawa Public Library locations. Part of a Canada-wide, 15-city initiative called National Human Library Day organized by CBC, the event will see people become talking books which users can “take out” a human book and have a conversation for approximately 20 minutes. The Human Library will take place at the Main, Alta Vista, Hazeldean, Ruth E. Dickinson and North Gloucester branches. For more information,

visit BiblioOttawaLibrary. ca/HumanLibrary or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca.

Jan. 27 Children’s entertainer Tante Caroline will perform at the Nepean Centrepointe branch (101 Centrepointe) on Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m. as part of the Ottawa Public Library’s Family Literacy Day celebration. The event, which will feature songs, puppets and stories, is free, bilingual and open to all. Registration is not required. Family Literacy Day is celebrated annually on January 27. OPL encourages you to enjoy 15 minutes of reading as a family, on this day, and every day. Visit BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca for more information.

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The next meeting of the Vanier Community Association health and safety committee takes place on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Vanier Community Service Centre located at 290 Dupuis St. For information, email vcahealthandsafety@gmail.com.

Join friends and family on the Manor Park outdoor rink during our annual Family Skating Party and Chili-Making Contest! All about hockey, skating, food, and fun, the party includes a shoot-to-win contest, bonfire, and music. Residents are invited to prepare their favorite chili for our judges to award the best of the season. Winners receive the Chili Champ apron, their name commemorated on a plaque, and their recipe published online and in the Chronicle newspaper. Feb. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.. Located in the sports fields adjacent to the Manor Park Community Centre.

A free lecture by Peggy Mason, former UN ambassador for disarmament and senior fellow at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs – titled Building Peace in the 21st Century: Reflections over four decades – will discuss the challenges of building international peace. The event takes place at First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave. at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is part of a series presented in memory of peace-activist Edith Holtom. A question and answer session will follow the lecture, and refreshments will be available. For information, call 613-725-1066.

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Feb. 6 Heritage Ottawa presents its eighth-annual Bob and Mary Anne Phillips Memorial Lecture, featuring guest speaker Charlotte Gray. The event is free and takes place at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St.. How can creative non-fiction writers bring new readers to history while staying within the bounds of creative non-fiction? Gray will discuss the different demands made on the past by historians and heritage activists. An author of eight bestsellers, 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. Lecture will be in English. For more information, email info@ heritageottawa.org, call 613230-8841 or visit heritageottawa.org.

Feb. 7 February 7, 2013, 6pm Gordon Harrison Gallery | 495 Sussex Dr. | Ottawa, ON Join us for an evening of fun, entertainment, and delicious food & wine in support of the Canadian Hunger Foundation’s international programs. Proceeds from the event will be matched $3 to $1 thanks to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Tickets available at www.chf.ca/idw

Feb. 8 Join us for a Valentine’s Day dance at the Royal Canadian Legion located at 294 Cyr St. in Vanier. The festivities take place on Feb. 8 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Featuring music performed by Al Visser, there will be a draw for a Valentine’s basket as well as other door prizes and the evening will feature spot dances. It is free for anyone -- come enjoy a fantastic evening.

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ational Hockey Tournament, taking place from Feb 8 to 10 at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata. Registration is currently being accepted for both women’s and men’s divisions. The tournament is brought to you by the the Bell Sensplex, CARHA Hockey and Kidsport Ottawa. Teams are guaranteed three games, with refreshments provided after each game, prizes, a silent auction to support Kidsport, and a NHL party at Stanley’s Pub. For more information, call CARHA Hockey at 613244-1989 or email Mike at mostrom@carhahockey.ca.

Feb. 9 Join the District 1 and 2 Ottawa Masons for a Valentines Charity Ball on Feb. 9 at Centurion Hall, 170 Colonnade Rd. All proceeds from the event go to support Rogers House, Wounded Warriors and Habitat for Humanity. The evening will feature dinner, dancing with music provided by the Mick Armitage Band and a silent auction. For more information, call 613-226-9178 or 613-7296111 or visit valentines. ottawamasons.ca. The Glabar Park Community Alliance winter fun day will be held on Feb. 9 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Kingsmere Park rink, located at the corner of Kingsmere and Benjamin avenues. The activities will include a barbecue, marshmallow roast, games and skating. The Queensway Terrace North Community Association will be holding its annual Winter Carneval on Feb. 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. Come join the fun and enjoy skating on our great rinks, warm yourselves at our camp fire with free coffee or hot chocolate, take a ride with the horse drawn sleigh, go tobbagoning or just come to mingle with the neighbours. The event takes place at Frank Ryan Park 950 Alpine Ave. – use the Henley Street entrance.

Feb. 13 Christian Women’s Central Club invites you to a Valentine’s dessert buffet, featuring a presentation by Princess House Canada cookware, dinnerware, home decor with consultant Jennifer Tannis. Special music will be performed by talented vocalist Cathy Goddard, who will also talk about “This Business of Forgiveness.” The cost is $6 or $2 for first time attendees. The event takes place at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, located at 971 Woodroffe Ave. RSVP by calling 613-228-8004. All women welcome.


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