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Law students get chuckles for charity Fundraiser brings in more than $1,000 to help low-income families Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

Residents weigh plans to change what developers can build in Vanier. – Page 3

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Ottawa community leaders, students and families brave the cold to help raise money for youth homelessness. – Page 14

EMC news - Students in the University of Ottawa’s law program put down their books and picked up a microphone to have a few laughs and help raise a little money for a good cause at the same time. A comedy night to raise money for Ottawa ACORN, an organization that fights for social justice for low-income families across Canada, was held on Feb. 7 at the Draft Pub. Some of the university’s law students volunteer for ACORN, including Michael Currie, who helped organize the event. He said the students just wanted to help the local association. “It’s a great feeling to know that we can use the law to help others,” said Currie, who does stand-up comedy when he’s not hitting the books. “We look forward to raising some much-needed funds to keep Ottawa ACORN’s initiative going.” Currie and six other law students and one law professor braved the stage, with some of them taking their first stab at stand up. “Everybody did great,”

he said. “The audience was pumped up and we sold out very quickly.” Jill O’Reilly, an organizer at ACORN Ottawa, reached out to law students in early 2012 to match the soon-tobe lawyers with low-income families who needed assistance in landlord and tenant matters. “Many of our members endure horrible conditions, such as cockroach infestations, mouse infestations, flooding, mould, and so on, even though they pay their rent every month,” O’Reilly said. “The law students, including Michael (Currie), volunteer their time to fight for our members and help provide them with tools to deal with their disputes.” Currie said the program has helped these families understand their rights as tenants and has provided himself and the other students valuable experience. This is the second time Currie has organized a comedy event for a cause and this year the jokes that rang through the pub during the evening involved personal experience, some law jokes and observations.

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Law students from the University of Ottawa perform at a comedy fundraiser for Ottawa ACORN on Feb. 7 at the Draft Pub.

City plans to tackle demolition by neglect Lowertown heritage school building about to fall down and Cumberland streets stands as a monument of something local heritage advocates have long railed against: demolition by neglect. Poster-covered hoarding around the building obscure the graffiti and paint-covered walls. Right in the downtown core, where property values and condo development have reached a fever pitch, the site remained suspended in time, slowing

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Celebrity switch for Bust a Move Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Celebrity guest Jenny McCarthy has been booted from this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ottawa Cancer Foundation Bust a Move event. The foundation launched Bust a Move, an event to raise money and awareness for breast cancer on Jan. 29 with the naming of McCarthy as the fundraiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fitness ambassador. Bust a Move chairwoman, Bernice Rachkowski said the comedienne was originally chosen because of her fun attitude. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted someone who would get involved and have fun,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This event is about everyone coming out and having fun.â&#x20AC;? A Hollywood celebrity and author, McCarthy is well-known for writing and speaking out about her ideas concerning healthy living, including making controversial statements about possible links between infant vaccines and autism. She also claims to have healed her son from the disorder. The foundation announced it was replacing McCarthy as guest speaker on Feb. 1, Ottawa Cancer Foundation president Linda Eagen said the controversy surrounding the celebrity was drawing attention away from breast cancer awareness and fundraising. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did get questions from a number of different sources, not just in Ottawa, she (McCarthy) has a strong focus on fitness, but she also has strong opinions in other areas, all the attention was going towards her opinions rather than the focus on the fundraiser and the fitness event,â&#x20AC;? Eagen said. In McCarthyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place, Cana-

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Michael Currie organized the comedy night to help raise money for Ottawa ACORN on Feb. 7 at the Draft Pub. MICHELLE NASH/METROLAND

The Ottawa Cancer Foundation made a shift in its celebrity guest for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bust a Move event, pulling celebrity Jenny McCarthy from the program. The foundation said it was because focus surrounding the event had shifted away from breast cancer awareness and fundraising. dian fitness coach Tommy Europe will be leading the fundraising event on March 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are proud to work very closely with our partners in the medical community and the general public to raise funds and awareness for cancer care in our community, said president of the foundation,â&#x20AC;? Eagen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As always, our objective and responsibility is to the cancer survivors in our community and keeping the spotlight on our cause.â&#x20AC;? Collaborating with the St. Laurent Centre, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation will host a one-day fitness event called Bust a Move at

    

the Ottawa Athletic Club. In 2012, the foundation raised $350,000 for the cause. There are six different fitness sessions at the fundraising event including zumba and yoga, a great Canadian â&#x20AC;&#x153;kitchen party,â&#x20AC;? boxing and urban dance. Rachkowski has promised the event is aimed at getting people moving. Each participant must raise a minimum of $1,000 to attend and the day is geared to be fun for all fitness levels.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will continue our tradition of fundraising successes that will help thousands of local cancer patients and their families.â&#x20AC;? Eagan said in a press release. For more information about the event, visit ottawacancer. ca or contact the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation at 613-247-3527. All the proceeds raised at the event are invested in the community to help improve regional cancer services.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a lot of people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that I do stand up and am in law school - like you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do both,â&#x20AC;? Currie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think also there are a lot of parallels with comedy and law - just having that confidence and comfort and connecting with other people

- you have to do the same whether it is law or stand up.â&#x20AC;? As of last Friday, the group had raised $1,800, doubling what they raised at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. All the proceeds from the evening were donated to ACORN. Currie indicated the event may become an annual affair.

Correction In an article titled Scientist awarded for flashy work that appeared in the Feb. 7 edition of the Ottawa East EMC incorrectly stated that University of Ottawa professor Paul Corkum was awarded the King Faisal International Prize for exceptionally serving Muslims and Islam and providing research resulting in scientific advances. He was only honoured for his scientific work. The EMC apologizes for any inconvenience the error may have caused Mr. Corkum.

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Business presence lacking as city looks at downzoning some Montreal Road sites

Enhanced Heritage Protection of Lansdowne Park As the Lansdowne Park redevelopment continues, I am happy to report that we have been able to secure a signiďŹ cant expansion of heritage protection for this important landmark in our community.

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EMC news - Curiosity and excitement about sparking Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revitalization brought a couple dozen people out to an open house on Feb. 6. Those in attendance didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much to react to as there is no proposal yet, but the goal is to update the antiquated zoning along Montreal Road thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a remnant of amalgamation. The development policies are more restrictive than anywhere else in the city, according to city planner Melanie Knight. For instance, there is a unique rule that buildings on most parcels along Montreal Road can contain only a maximum of 30 per cent residential space. That policy restricts mixed-use development â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the dense mix of condos on top of retail or commercial space that the city prizes as a way to create lively neighbourhoods, since local businesses can be supported by the surrounding residents, who beneďŹ t from close access to goods and services. That vision is largely what people who attended the Feb. 6 meeting hoped would come to Vanier. Cam Holmstrom, a Vanier resident and provincial New Democratic Party candidate for Ottawa-Vanier, said the neighbourhood has a lot of potential. Nearby access to businesses is already part of Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attractiveness, so Holmstrom wanted to see that maintained

The Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT), a provincial agency, and the City of Ottawa have worked together to negotiate an expanded and enhanced heritage conservation easement to provide improved heritage protection for Lansdowne Park in perpetuity. SUBMITTED

This diagram includes blocks that illustrate the size and height of buildings that could be constructed along Montreal Road in Vanier under the existing zoning rules. The city is updating development policies for the Montreal Road and McArthur Avenue corridors. and built upon. Allowing more residential development right on Montreal Road would also help with some of the remaining safety issues, especially at night, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that would also help frankly with some of the issues people have seen with the area in the past,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More people living here, more people walking here makes for a more solid community.â&#x20AC;? Carole Dagenais, an Orleans resident who works in Vanier, also wanted to see more residents and a mix of businesses, but she was also wary of the potential for taller buildings. Dagenais worked downtown at a time when many of the coreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taller buildings were constructed, so she said she saw ďŹ rsthand the impact of blocking out sunlight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has to have pockets of light so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not creating a very dark city,â&#x20AC;? she said. Any alterations that make the area more attractive to developers would be a positive change, she added. Mike Bulthuis, president of the Vanier Community As-

sociation, agreed. He expects to see an inďŹ&#x201A;ux of â&#x20AC;&#x153;majorâ&#x20AC;? development proposals after this process results in updates to the zoning and OfďŹ cial Plan as it applies to the area. But Bulthuis said he was concerned about another aspect of the study that just came to light â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the potential to remove McArthur Avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional main street designation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a lot of residents hope McArthur moves in that direction (of becoming a traditional main street), so if this is an opportunity to remove that designation, it would be really unfortunate,â&#x20AC;? Bulthuis said. City staff is looking at whether that designation makes sense for McArthur, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it will change, Knight said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;McArthur has a different feel than Montreal Road does,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just whether when you drive down or walk down McArthur (Avenue), do you still get that same feel as Montreal Road? â&#x20AC;Ś On the surface it might not make sense to be a traditional main street, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still looking at it to determine that. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not really sure.â&#x20AC;?

The changes would clarify for developers what they could build in the area and streamline that process by eliminating the need to seek lengthy zoning and OfďŹ cial Plan amendments at city hall. While no businesses or Montreal Road property owners attended the Feb. 6 open house, Knight said she is hoping to get their input soon, especially because the new zoning may result in building height decreases on some properties. There are several sites where buildings as tall as 42 metres (around 14 storeys) would be allowed; however, the city normally only allows up to nine storeys tall along traditional main streets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the owners may object to a reduction in height but it would be more consistent with the policies for (traditional main streets) in the OfďŹ cial Plan, which is why the city is undertaking the exercise,â&#x20AC;? Suzanne Valiquet, executive director of the Quartier Vanier merchantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association, said in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot speak on behalf of the owners and am not aware of any that have opposed the new amendment.â&#x20AC;?

The original heritage easement, secured in 1996, only protected the Aberdeen Pavilion and the view from Bank Street (shown as Part 1 below). The new agreement signiďŹ cantly expands the protected area (shown as Part 2).

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Glebe Annex residents form community association Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Only four months after three Glebe Annex residents came together to start a new community association, more than 25 people attended its ďŹ rst ofďŹ cial meeting. Held at the Glebe Community Centre on Feb. 6, the meeting served to establish an association in the Glebe Annex, a neighbourhood that in the past has been represented informally by the neighbouring Glebe and Dalhousie community associations. The residents at the meeting however felt it was ďŹ nally time to form their own community association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are really pleased to see so many people here,â&#x20AC;? Sylvia Milne said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see our goals come to fruition from when we started in October, to now, by the end of the night we will have an ofďŹ cial voice at city hall.â&#x20AC;? By the end of the evening, 15 community members stepped up to form the neighbourhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst community association. The idea to create the association ďŹ rst came up when Milne saw a report in a local paper stating the neighbouring Glebe association was thinking of absorbing the Glebe Annex. She connected soon afterwards with like-minded

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From left, Peggy Kampouris, Sylvia Milne and Sue Stefko were the driving force in creating a new community association for the Glebe Annex. A total of 15 residents have formed an association to represent the area. residents Sue Stefko and Peggy Kampouris who offered to help reach out to the community. They soon received more than 25 emails from others in the neighbourhood eager to form a community association. At its ďŹ rst ofďŹ cial meeting, Milne introduced nine

community members who helped the association started, all of whom will be on the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important to have this community association,â&#x20AC;? said Brenda Quinlan, a new board member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have met more neighbours in the

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past two months than I have in the past two years living here.â&#x20AC;? A condominium development located at 774 Bronson Ave. and 551 Cambridge St. was the catalyst that brought residents from the annex together. At the meeting, resi-

dents discussed the development and what strategies should be implemented to formally object when it goes to planning committee on Feb. 26. The association is already creating a constitution with the naming of the new asso-

ciation ďŹ rst on the agenda. Residents had an opportunity to vote on four possible names at the meeting: the Glebe Annex, Glebe West, Dalhousie South and the Annex. One resident offered up a ďŹ fth option, Carling-Bronson. Stefko said the name will be announced in the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst ofďŹ cial email in the coming weeks. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko and Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi welcomed the new association, offering support and encouragement. The new board intends to meet before the month is up to vote on the executive and committee chairpersons. As it stands, committees which will be formed are parks and recreation, planning and development, trafďŹ c and safety and security. Areas of focus include a desire for community space, updating the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only park, Dalhousie South Park, seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; issues and ďŹ ghting inappropriate development, starting with the one at Cambridge and Bronson. A new website is currently under construction and Milne, Stefko and Kampouris encourages any Glebe Annex residents to sign up on the growing membership list by contacting the group at smglebewest@gmail.com. Membership has a volunteer $10 sign-up fee.

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EMC news - After a whirlwind year for students and teachers at Assumption Catholic School, everyone wanted to do something as a way of thanking the community that helped them build their playground. As a result of their efforts, Assumption donated $468 to Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local food bank, Partage Vanier, on Feb. 4. The money was raised from the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual holiday sale in December. Principal Luce Paradis said this money is typically earmarked for the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own needs, but since the neighbourhood recently helped the school raise $80,000 for a new playground, staff decided it was time to give back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was because of the generosity of the community this year we felt it was important to give back,â&#x20AC;? said principal Luce Paradis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been so lucky and now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to pay it forward.â&#x20AC;? The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Pole sale has been a tradition for the past 10 years and sells gently used items. This year, staff at the Catholic school board, trustees and the greater community attended the sale to purchase items. Items

ranged from 25 cents to $5 and the entire student body participated in collecting and selling the items. Barra Thiom, a community developer at the Vanier Community Service Centre, accepted the cheque from the school. Thiom said the money will help needy families in the neighbourhood and thanked the school for thinking of the food bank. Paradis said that when it came to who the school should support, choosing the food bank seemed obvious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is about giving these kids the sense of empowerment, that the kids learn that they always can do something good,â&#x20AC;? Paradis said. It was almost a year ago that students at Assumption found out their school had been selected by the organization Let Them Be Kids to have a new play area built. The organization announced it would match any money raised by the school and the entire Vanier community worked together to raise $80,000 in only four months. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playground equipment was built in one day on June 16 with the help of more than 200 volunteers. What was merely a sandpit and empty field was trans-

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Members of the Assumption Catholic School spirit committee donated $468 to the local food bank, Partage Vanier. Back row from left, Alexander Lutkiewicz, Chandly Ysme, Jonathan Bouchey, Courtney Dinelle-Mayer, Brianna Carriere, Jessica Belanger, middle row from left, Barra Thiom from Partage-Vanier, Naisha Netus, Philip DaSilva, Desmond Laframboise, and sitting on floor from left, Roman Felix, AJ Telmo and Justin Daze. formed in eight hours into a modern schoolyard featuring three play structures, an outdoor classroom and a garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The playground has been wonderful and the students have really taken ownership of this school,â&#x20AC;? Paradis said.

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Town and Gown committee looking for more members Student engagement a stumbling block for Sandy Hill group Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC community - A new committee aimed at bridging the gap between students and homeowners living in Sandy Hill says it needs more volunteers to make the endeavour a success. The Town and Gown committee is a pilot project seeking to improve relationships and communication among those living and working in the neighbourhood, including the University of Ottawa, police, residents, students and landlords. The committee meets three times a year and has two working groups, one focused on housing and another on strategic initiatives. The working groups meet every month. So far, participation has been minimal. Christopher Collmorgen, president of Action Sandy Hill, is one of the residents who fought for the committee based on similar ones that exist in other Ontario university towns. Collmorgen and fellow

concerned residents celebrated when the city agreed to set up the pilot project, stating at the time he hoped it would help mend the divide between homeowners, landlords and students. The committee ofďŹ cially started in September and now halfway through its ďŹ rst year, he is concerned about the level of participation - speciďŹ cally the lack of students sitting around the table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t guess what studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns are; they bring a perspective that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about,â&#x20AC;? Collmorgen said. There are nine seats on the committee including RideauVanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury, a representative of the student federation and a representative of the graduate student association. Currently, the two student positions remain empty and no students have attended the meetings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are only addressing what we see is the problem,â&#x20AC;? Collmorgen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a place at the table for the stu-

dents and those positions are not being used, and that is hard for us to raise their concerns for them,â&#x20AC;? he said. In the past, the area had a good neighbours committee which addressed concerns from residents about noise, garbage and other bylaw infractions. The new Town and Gown committee is meant to be a place where both parties -- students and homeowners - can voice their concerns and issues with the neighbourhood. Fleury said the having students participate is deďŹ nitely important for the success of the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need them there,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel it is important to have them there to discuss the issues they have.â&#x20AC;? Although students have yet to show up to a working group meeting, Collmorgen said participation as a whole could be better. The president questions whether the timing of the meetings is the problem. Currently, the working group meetings are held at around 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., times Collmorgen admits may make it difďŹ cult for many to attend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Timing is a problem,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The timing has been a matter of convenience for the people organizing it. It

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of the Town and Gown, this is a collective for the community and if everyone can voice their concerns, working together we can resolve those issues.â&#x20AC;? Collmorgen also invites students from across the city and members of other associations to also come out to participate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are more students living in Ottawa than just in Sandy Hill and the issues they have, or residents have, are

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We all have a stake in a Liveable Ottawa

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ecently, the Liveable Ottawa plan for rebooting the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major master plans was unveiled at city hall, revealing a vision for the capital for years to come. Mayor Jim Watson and Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume, the planning committee chairman, pledged the review, particularly of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Official Plan, would provide much needed â&#x20AC;&#x153;certaintyâ&#x20AC;? to what can often be the chaotic world of development.

This exercise, accompanied by reviews of plans for pedestrians, cycling, transportation and infrastructure, will go a long way towards aiming all the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts in the same direction, towards a more sustainable city, which is exactly where Ottawa needs to be headed. As Hume said during the Jan. 29 launch of the Liveable Ottawa project, the refreshed Official Plan â&#x20AC;&#x153;will be more prescriptive than ever before in terms of where the vision

for height and density is in this city.â&#x20AC;? This will provide clear rules governing where intensification will go in the city, removing much of the fuzziness that causes a great deal of angst among residents living in transitional neighbourhoods across the city. Many of the decisions during this process will undoubtedly raise concerns among residents in places like Centretown, Lowertown, Westboro and Vanier. Those residents worry intensifi-

cation will only serve to bring the burden of added population and traffic to their neighbourhoods. But that need not be the case, as the Liveable Ottawa project offers the city an excellent opportunity to align the other master plans with the Official Plan. This, if done with care and consideration, will insure the intensified neighbourhoods of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future provide the infrastructure needed to accommodate denser popula-

tions. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the rub: Liveable Ottawa needs to be done well if the city is to be sustainable for generations to come. Intensification is the new normal for cities, as suburban sprawl has proven to be unsustainable, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean creating density for densityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake is an easy task. It will take a considerable amount of input from city staff, councillors, developers and residents to come up with a plan that will provide for the sustainable city we all desire. This means it is incumbent upon both the members of the development community and

residents to get involved with this process -- the official and master plans will be much better for their efforts. It will also require those two groups, often at odds with one another, to see things from the othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; perspective. Change is difficult, but it is made easier when reasonable people are considerate and accommodating of views that might not be their own. Ottawa is already a quite liveable city, one of the best places to live in North America, if not the world. Engagement in the Liveable Ottawa process by all who hold this city dear will keep it that way.

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Chocolate for groundhogs CHARLES GORDON Funny Town

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o one would ever dare argue that Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is a meaningless ritual, since it involves kissing and chocolate. Still, it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt to inject some new life into it, to keep it from getting stale. Then there is Winterlude, an Ottawa institution by now but one that is constantly challenged to find ways of coping with changing times and unpredictable weather conditions. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a meaningless ritual, but it could use a new twist or two. If you want a meaningless ritual, take Groundhog Day. What a waste of time, both for people and for groundhogs. In Punxsutawney, Pa., 35,000 people turned out for it. In past years there have arrests for drunken rioting and such. Over a groundhog. In Wiarton, Ont., the status of Wiarton Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shadow has been turned into a three-day festival. There is probably a half-time show. More groundhogs are getting into the act, since it appears that groundhogs seeing shadows, or not, are good for tourism. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Balzac Billy in Alberta and Winnipeg Willow in Manitoba. For what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth, none of these guys saw their shadows, which is supposed to mean that spring is less than six-weeks away. Really? In Canada? Groundhog shadow or no, of course there are going to be six more weeks of winter in Canada. Six weeks from Groundhog Day takes you to mid-March. Maybe in Punxsutawney it is reasonable to hope for spring in mid-March, but not anywhere in this country, outside of British Columbia. So what is the point of doing this whole

groundhog thing? So we can enjoy being silly? There are lots of ways of doing that without bothering innocent rodents. So hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an idea. Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day could use some silliness. The kissing and chocolate are good, but sometimes it gets a bit solemn, particularly in those television commercials for jewelry. Also, there is no predictive value in Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day: nothing that happens that day tells us anything about when spring is coming. The next step is obvious -- combine Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day and Groundhog Day as part of Winterlude. That injects a bit of new life into all three events. It could work in many ways, but one might be that if the Ice Hog comes out on Feb. 14 and sees a heart-shaped chocolate, that means six more weeks of winter. This could all be done on the canal, if there is ice on it. If the Ice Hog comes out on the canal and sees water, it means that the Ice Hog had better learn to swim pretty fast. That makes sense. Six weeks from Feb. 14 takes us just about into April, where spring is an actual possibility. Canadians would actually be glad to think of only six more weeks of winter and their happiness might induce them to purchase more chocolate, take their sweetie out to dinner and support the local economy. Then, just to make it interesting, there could be a possible down-side to the Ice Hogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prediction. The Wiarton Willie thing is boring because the worst thing that can happen is you get spring in mid-March. What if the Ice Hog comes out on Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see chocolate and that means no spring until May? That would put a little juice into it. It could even create some betting opportunities at our new casino. Having rejuvenated Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, put some spark into Winterlude and some logic into Groundhog Day, there remains only the task of giving this new wonderful event a catchy name. This will not be easy because we know that the federal government will want to name it, as it wants to name everything, after Sir John A. Macdonald. However, that is not a very good name for a groundhog.

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PREVIOUS POLL SUMMARY

Do you plan on attending Winterlude this winter?

Do you plan on attending Winterlude this winter?

A) A romantic dinner for two. B) A not-so-romantic dinner for one. C) The more the merrier â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting

A) Yes. I attend the festival every year.

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together with friends.

D) Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is a crock. I can be

romantic any day of the year.

C) No. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be in town. 0% D) Go outside? In the cold? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve 0%

got to be kidding!

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Online matchmaking simply turns dating into the end goal BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse

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ccording to a recent article in Macleanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magazine, 20 per cent of heterosexuals and 60 per cent of homosexuals claimed to have met their mates online in 2009. The article goes on to quote experts who believe that online dating -- while great for helping people meet others outside their networks -- is altering our traditional cultural goal of ďŹ nding a mate for life. I believe it. The question is whether weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll allow this trend to continue. I tried online dating just once when mass use of the Internet was in its infancy, circa 2001. Just out of a long relationship, I checked out a local dating website in Ottawa. Most of the entries -- there were only about 75 men on there -- were laughable. But there was this one guy. He was a soccer player. He was tall, had great legs, worked in a sports shop. He was very good looking. And based on our online chat sessions over a few weeks, he was dumb as wood. Perfect! We went on a date. It was nice. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to talk about anything intelligent. We ďŹ&#x201A;irted over the table, went for a walk after dinner, he kissed me at the front door. This was deďŹ nitely a guy Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to call again, and not, you know, for conversation. I dreamed about his legs for approximately 72 hours. The following weekend, however, I met my nowhusband on a camping trip in Gatineau Park, and Mr. Soccer Legs never got a call back. The thing is great legs are great. But theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the type of thing to sustain a relationship long term. The recent Macleanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s piece highlighted growing doubt that algorithms used to match people online according to similar tastes, hobbies and interests mimic what people look for in the real world, particularly in a lifelong mate. This point was brought

home when I met my husband. One of the ďŹ rst things that impressed me about him was his ability to cut grapefruit with precision. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the kind of skill one would note in a dating proďŹ le, nor is it something I would actively seek. Of course, most of us realize that online dating is really just a massive public relationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exercise. People put their best selves forward and in return, dating sites promise youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll meet your â&#x20AC;&#x153;soul mateâ&#x20AC;? with just a click of a button. When your match turns out to be less than desirable, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to move on and ďŹ nd your next â&#x20AC;&#x153;soul mate.â&#x20AC;? Sure, in some cases, online dating turns to marriage and the people live happily ever after. But in the virtual world, as in the real world, this may be a statistical anomaly. In most cases, the point of online dating isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t to ďŹ nd Mr. Right, but Mr. Right Now. Not only that, but the Internet makes the dating marketplace so much bigger, notes Macleanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author Katie Engelhart, that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contributed to an increase in philandering. Engelhart says the logic goes something like this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why settle down when a better match is just a click away?â&#x20AC;? Only the future will tell if the majority of us will allow this to become a societal norm. Funny enough, about ďŹ ve years after my ďŹ rst and only online dating experience, the subject came up at a ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drinksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reunion with some of my university colleagues. Turns out, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d all dated Mr. Soccer Legs within six months of each other. Mr. Soccer Legs may have appeared dumb as wood, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d underestimated him. In fact, he was the only person to achieve his goal with that primitive dating website. We were all looking for a mate. Silly, in hindsight. Because there was really nothing about that picture of his legs to suggest he was looking for a wife.

Vacancy bylaws need to be properly enforced: Fleury Continued from page 1

That set off the latest chapter in the troubled relationship between Groupe Claude Lauzon and the city. The city ordered barricades be put up to keep pedestrians and trafďŹ c away from the building in case it fell down. A press release was issued and emphasized that Groupe Claude Lauzon would be charged for the cost associated with the barricades â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a couple thousand dollars at an absolute minimum â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and that the company would have to follow the proper process to get the necessary permit to demolish a designated heritage building. Days later, Lauzon issued a press release through the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;According to (law ďŹ rm) Vincent Dagenais Gibson, since 1981, Groupe Claude Lauzon LtĂŠe has been dealing with the city to restore the school, but has faced unfair obstacles at each step,â&#x20AC;? the statement reads. The Lauzon family canceled an interview with the EMC scheduled before the collapse and did not return subsequent phone calls. The press release outlines the back-and-forth: Lauzon requested a building permit in

1996 to restore the school, but the city denied the request. The company was locked in a legal battle with the city for six years City planning manager John Smit said the city issued a building permit for the 1996 application, but it was rescinded when Lauzonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contractor did exterior work beyond what was allowed. The permit was re-issued after the court settlement, but the company never picked it up. By the time a settlement was reached, the roof and ďŹ&#x201A;oor framing had collapsed. Lauzon asked the city for permission to tear it down. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no excuse, Fleury said. It is not exactly a surprise that property owners such as the Lauzons would want to demolish a building after leaving it to crumble with no upkeep for decades, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not interested to upkeep the properties, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy heritage property,â&#x20AC;? Fleury said. These situations could be prevented if the city strengthened and enforced its bylaw outlining the level of upkeep necessary for vacant buildings, Fleury said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the city we want to build,â&#x20AC;? he added. Finally, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the works.

City staff is drafting a proposal that would have tighter wording, allowing the city to enforce property standards above the very minimum. Staff is looking to places like Hamilton, Kingston and Toronto for direction particularly regarding upkeep of vacant heritage buildings, which make up half the approximately 100 vacant properties in Ottawa. A proposal will come forward in the coming weeks or months, Fleury said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why elsewhere in the province, you can go into cities and you can see the site is vacant, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear to be as vacant as it does here in Ottawa,â&#x20AC;? Fleury said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big issue for residents in Sandy Hill, so when community association Christopher Collmorgen caught wind of the proposed changes to property standards, he sent an email to Action Sandy Hill members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city has historically refused to enforce its own Bylaws on vacant and derelict properties, resulting in a sanctioned double standard that has allowed vacant and run-down properties to fester between well-cared for properties,â&#x20AC;? Collmorgen wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It appears that the City of Otta-

wa is ďŹ nally recognizing that it has an obligation to enforce the property standards bylaw on vacant properties!â&#x20AC;? Enforcement has been a tricky thing in Ottawa. The wording of the bylaw has led to bylaw ofďŹ cers enforcing only the bare minimum, Fleury said. The city doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to see any properties in the core vacant, Fleury said, but if they are vacant, they must be kept to a good standard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of these properties donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have roofs, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have windows. People access in and out and do drugs in there,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are not just eyesores. They become an area for crime.â&#x20AC;? When it comes to encouraging redevelopment of vacant sites, Fleury said everyone involved needs to come to the table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be one element that will solve all issues,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a combination of multiple angles that will bring the owners to the table, bring the community to the table and actually talk about solutions.â&#x20AC;? All sites have restrictions, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a heritage designation or simply zoning rules. It shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter whether the blame should rest with the city because its rules are too restrictive, or with the property owner because they are unwilling to work within the parameters of the site they bought, Fleury said. There needs to be a proposal on the table to open a dialog between the city and the developer.

  

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Study on paid parking sparks councillors’ criticism Wellington/Richmond to remain free despite discussions at committee table Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

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Elmwood School student Daphée Dubouchet-Olsheski, 16, left, is presented with a 2012 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year nomination certificate by Theresa Fritz, interim managing editor of the Ottawa East EMC on Feb. 7. Daphée was nominated for the tireless energy she has dedicated to environmental causes, including leading the environmental council at Elmwood and her participation in a trip to Antarctica in January 2012. She is one of 25 junior citizen nominees across the province. The awards are sponsored by the Ontario Community Newspaper Association.

EMC news - The commercial strip in Westboro won’t be getting paid parking yet, even though street parking is getting congested on a couple of blocks in the area. During a Feb. 6 meeting, the transportation committee agreed with staff that parking along the Wellington/Richmond corridor will stay free for the time being, but the topic left councillors questioning the city’s approach to parking studies and policies. Led by Coun. Mathieu Fleury, whose ward sees a lot of friction over parking issues in the ByWard Market, councillors questioned if the city should take a broader view when it comes to parking in commercial districts. “To me, there is no clear vision here, it’s piecemeal and it doesn’t make sense,” Fleury said. The city’s approach to parking studies is too narrow and doesn’t take into account that street’s role and impact on transportation and parking supply in a wider area, such

as the entire urban core of the city, Fleury said. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko agreed. He said he often hears from shoppers who received parking tickets on Bank Street who threaten to take their shopping dollars to Westboro, where parking is free. “Consistency is the issue,” Chernushenko said. During the Feb. 6 meeting, Fleury asked staff to look at taking a different approach. “What I’d like staff to come back with is a policy that addresses the situation of onstreet parking in the core,” he said. Public works manager Larry O’Keefe agreed to do that and told councillors it’s already something that was on his radar to look at in 2013. The councillor for Westboro, Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs, was pleased with the decision. Adding paid parking to only a couple of blocks would have angered businesses and created confusion for customers. “I think we need to change our expectations. We can’t just drive up and find a spot

right out front,” Hobbs said, adding that businesses have a role to play in identifying nearby parking lots for their customers. The reality is that residents and business groups don’t prefer paid on-street parking, Fleury said, but he thinks those groups might be more open to paid parking if they saw some of the benefits of the revenue. That could include upgrading street furniture such as benches or adding more greenery along sidewalks. “Could they share some of the revenue to invest back on the street?” Fleury said, adding that revenue isn’t the key point, but it’s something that could be used to create goodwill with business groups and communities. Paid parking isn’t a big revenue earner for the city; it’s used as a tool to encourage drivers to move along and free up parking for new customers. Another issue is the relevance of the data used to inform the study. The city looked at parking volumes from 2011, and several new businesses have opened since then. If staff recommendations are not backed up by good, up-to-date data, it just makes the decision politicized, Fleury said.

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The big chill Community leaders sleep in extreme cold to help raise youth homelessness awareness Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Extreme cold and frostbite warnings didn’t stop some Ottawa community leaders from sleeping outside to help raise awareness for youth homelessness. The Youth Services Bureau held its first Sleep Out for Youth Ottawa in partnership with the John Howard Society, Operation Come Home and Ottawa Salus on Feb. 4 to 5 at city hall. Joanne Lowe, the executive director of the Youth Services Bureau, was one of the brave individuals who took to the cold for the cause. “It was great, it was cold, but you know the turn out was fantastic,” Lowe said. “The goal was to raise awareness, and raise funds. One of the interesting things was that it

was a broad range of people that came out, from high school and college students, families with young children and community leaders. It was heartwarming to see the range of people come out to support this mission.” From 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., Lowe and other community leaders, including police Chief Charles Bordeleau and Mayor Jim Watson, spent time in the cold. “There are 1,000 homeless youth living on Ottawa streets,” Bordeleau said prior to the event. “This disturbing data provided serious incentive for community leaders to demonstrate our support for this youth initiative.” As the sun began to rise on Feb. 5, the group learned they had managed to raise $35,000 for the cause. The money will be split between the four orga-

nizations with around $15,000 going directly towards funding the Youth Services Bureau’s shelters and drop-ins. Lowe added she felt the event’s main goal of creating the awareness, systems and supports that young people need to move beyond the streets was achieved. “The message went out in a number of different mediums and I think it has really made people talk about it,” Lowe said. The idea for the fundraising event came from a Youth Services Bureau donor, Mike Weider, who wanted to see his family’s contribution help youth on the streets. Lowe said the Weiders’ donation helped fund the event, helping collect more money for street youth. Lowe recounted all the warm clothing, sleeping bags and items, such as hand warm-

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Members of the community collect money as part in the city’s first Sleep Out for Youth Ottawa organized by the Youth Services Bureau, John Howard Society, Operation Come Home and Ottawa Salus on Feb. 4 and 5. The event aims to help raise awareness and money to prevent youth homelessness. ers to keep the cold at bay for her and all the other participants during the evening. She said the group discussed how different their evening could have been if, like the youth they were fighting for, they only had a minimum amount of clothing to stay warm. “We had tons of warm options and we all felt so fortunate for having all these things

to keep us warm,” Lowe said. “Most youth on the street don’t have that. We made the choice to go outside, but in many cases youth on the street don’t get to make that same choice.” The Youth Services Bureau serves at-risk youth in the city and has 20 locations across Ottawa that run a number of programs and services. Its

services range from mental health and addiction counselling, housing, youth justice and employment services. According to Lowe, the bureau has recorded a 75 per cent success rate in helping youth who use its services. Visit www.ysb.on.ca for more information about the organization or to donate to help end youth homelessness.

Barrage of event invites necessitates new staffer Mayor, deputies field 4,800 requests for appearances in 2012 Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - A deluge of almost 5,000 event invitations landed on the mayor’s

desk last year. Now, the city is preparing to hire a new staffer with an annual salary of $52,000 to handle an influx of requests. Whether a second sched-

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uler for Mayor Jim Watson and his two deputy mayors, Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches and West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry, is a good use of tax dollars was the main question that arose from a mid-term governance review report that was considered by the city’s finance committee last week, said deputy clerk

Leslie Donnelly. The mayor, who is known to joke that he will attend the opening of an envelope, received a staggering 4,800 requests to appear at events such as openings of new businesses in 2012. Although he couldn’t provide a number for past requests, city clerk Rick O’Connor said there has been a marked increase in invitations for

Watson compared to previous mayors. And there is work to be done even when the mayor and deputy mayors cannot attend, Donnelly said. The scheduler must sort, prioritize and respond to all requests and in some cases, certificates of congratulations or other documents must be prepared instead. The question of whether having a city official at local events is an essential service plagued the clerk’s office, Donnelly said. Clerk staff looked into the matter and determined that the Municipal Act states that elected officials “shall” represent the municipality at official functions. “In our view, this is a core function of the municipality,” Donnelly said. “We can tell you that these events are extremely important to the individuals organizing them … You make city hall more accessible and get more people interested in city hall.” The new staffer handling requests would be in addition to the mayor’s existing scheduler, who works in the clerk’s office. The new employee approved by the finance committee on Feb. 5 would mainly handle the schedules of the two deputy mayors. The city is budgeting $75,000 for the position based on additional costs associated with benefits and equipment for the job, such as a computer. The salary would be $52,000. Council must still give final approval to create the new position.

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Third annual art sale shows city has heart Jennifer McIntosh jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

EMC entertainment - Residents of Ottawa showed they have heart by turning out at an annual fundraiser in Barrhaven on Feb. 3. February is heart and stroke month in Canada and organizer Sylvia Summers-Martyn thought it would be a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the Ottawa Heart Institute with an art sale. One of the Barrhaven legionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life was saved because the Fallowfield Road club had a defibrillator, something Summers-Martyn said helped to formulate the idea for the event. The Art for the Heart fundraiser outgrew the legion this year and moved to the Cedarhill Golf and Country Club this year to accommodate the more than 20 artists who exhibited their work and came out in support of the worthy cause. Amie Talbot, a resident of the Kanata neighbourhood of Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grant, said she was impressed with the traffic and the space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been people here all day,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautiful space with a lot

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An acrylic piece by Sue Perley-Robertson of Stittsville was among those on display on Feb. 3. of light.â&#x20AC;? Talbot, who was approached by Summers-Martyn to join the show because of her unique work with coloured pencils, said she was happy to donate a percentage of her commissions to the Heart Institute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really neat idea and a great cause,â&#x20AC;? she said. Aside from the artists, residents were able to get information about the Heart Institute from staff and volunteers stationed at the event. They could also make donations directly to the organization. Sue Perley-Robertson, an

artist who hails from Stittsville, said she was happy to get a chance to see the work of so many other artists in the community. Perley-Robertson, also a first-time artist at the show, said she would definitely return next year. Summers-Martyn said she gets on the phone almost as soon as the event is done to build up the list of exhibitors for the following year, but her work is getting easier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting to become an event that people are putting into their calendar,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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Musician strikes chord for school in Zambia Ottawa resident wants to provide students with gift of insturments Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC entertainment - Do you have a clarinet in your attic collecting dust? Is there a lonely violin in the back of your closet, waiting for you to feel ambitious enough to pick it up again? If you aren’t so inclined, one Old Ottawa East resident is asking you to donate it to a worthy cause. Todd Snelgrove wants to equip students in Zambia with enough musical instruments to assemble an orchestra. The idea springs from just one guitar. When on a trip to Africa last May, Snelgrove, a music teacher, brought along a guitar he intended to give away. While searching for the ideal recipient for the instrument, he came across the Linda School in Livingstone, Zambia. A public high school with an enrollment of 1,200 students from grades 10 to 12, its music program was operating without single working instrument. Teachers at the school teach music theory and singing to about 300 students.

“It’s clear that music is a very important and soughtafter discipline,” Snelgrove said. As a music teacher and enthusiast, Snelgrove said he feels learning music plays an important role in any high school student’s career. “Every study shows how learning how to play an instrument can improve your learning power,” he said. “Having kids here play instruments is part of the high school experience, but these kids don’t have that option. It’s not fair and not right.” The teachers at the Linda School told him they would love to have more instruments, but have no means to purchase them. They would have to order them, which is too costly. At the time of Snelgrove’s visit, the school was having trouble raising enough money to buy a guitar. Snelgrove donated a guitar to the school and since that moment, he became determined to gather more instruments for the cause. “If you have any instruments in the house you aren’t using, it could potentially

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Todd Snelgrove is collecting musical instruments and instructional material in an effort to equip the Linda School in Zambia. Snelgrove’s goal is to collect enough instruments for the school to have a full concert orchestra. change a life,” Snelgrove said. Snelgrove’s employer, the Ottawa Folklore Centre, is helping him out by accepting

donations at its Old Ottawa South location. He has received many flutes, clarinets, a few violins and saxophones and some

guitars. Still in demand are an oboe, a viola and a cello. “Basically attics and basements in the city are full of instruments that people aren’t

using that could be useful,” he said. Once he has the full set of instruments, Snelgrove said he is going to pay his way back to Zambia to personally deliver the instruments and teach the students and teachers how to play. Instructional books, sheet music, music stands and accessories, such as reeds and strings are also being accepted. Snelgrove is also looking for individuals with experience in instrument repair willing to donate their time. “I assure you that 100 per cent of donated materials will go directly to those in need in Zambia and I will do my best to outfit the Linda School with a full orchestra of instruments,” he said. Musicare, a company based in Carlsbad Springs, is assessing and making small repairs to the instruments to ensure everything being sent is clean and playable. Snelgrove is working with the Zambian Embassy to organize the shipment and send the donation. For more information on the project, or how to donate used or new instruments, people can contact Snelgrove at tsnelgrove@sympatico.ca. Donations can be dropped off at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank St. during regular business hours. R0011911217

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City-wide program churning out tech-savvy students TechU.me teaches programming basics, lets kids develop mobile apps Blair Edwards blair.edwards@metroland.com

EMC news – The high-tech industry’s push to find more software and app programmers has entered the classrooms of A.Y. Jackson Secondary School. A Grade 10 computer science class at the Glen Cairn high school recently celebrated the creation of 10 apps for the BlackBerry Playbook, teaching tools that were tested out on an enthusiastic group of grade 3 and 4 students at John Young Elementary School. The students held an apprelease party on Jan. 23, unveiling programs that taught math and geography while enjoying a lunch of pizza, soft drinks and juice. “It was an amazing feeling. The kids play with it and actually enjoy it,” said Melissa Manseau, who together with her fellow students Cameron Wissing and Justin Kim created The Fishygame, an app that teaches basic math schools. Brendan Marentette and Awalie Hassan produced the Animal Race Xtreme Edition, a game that teaches children basic math skills. “We talked to the kids and the kids were interested in making a race game with animals,” Marentette said. The computer science students started the course with no background in programming, first learning the basics of Turing and Flash, a graphic user interface and then moving on to Action Script 3, a coding program that allowed students to generate game mechanics. Matt Hodgson, a software developer at BlackBerry, formerly known as RIM, who has worked on Twitter applications for the older Black-

Berry phones as well as an app for the new BlackBerry 10, visited the class an hourand-a-half each week last fall, helping the students pick up the basics of programming language and troubleshooting any coding problems. “I was blown away by the work they did,” said Hodgson. “I wasn’t expecting that much; this was their first programming class.” Cameron said he wants to one day get a job in the hightech industry. “I hope to follow in Matt’s footsteps, try to get a good job, something to do with coding,” he said. Helen Nowell’s grade 3 and 4 class at John Young acted as the customers for the apps, giving the groups of Grade 10 students direction on what kind of apps they would like. “The kids told us what they wanted,” said Thao-Tran. “We just made that happen. Thao-Tran Le-Phuong’s group created an app called !Explosions!, a game where children are asked to match capital cities with provinces. “They wanted an explosions game,” she said. “There’s bombs and there’s provinces and you just kind of blow them up. “When we showed them our app, they said, ‘Oh, that’s cool.’” The John Young students provided art work for the apps, which were scanned onto the computers and manipulated using Adobe Photoshop. “They needed to make company logos and they needed to make the idea for the game,” said Nowell. The grade 3 and 4 students also learned how to use scratch, an MIT-developed graphical language designed for young people.

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Thao-Tran Le-Phuong, left, Melissa Manseau and Brendan Marentette, are three of 22 students in the Grade 10 introduction to computer science course at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School in Glen Cairn who recently finished programming 10 apps for the BlackBerry Playbook. “It was really neat,” said Nowell. “In the design of the program, a lot of the connection is supposed to be through art.” The children also visited A.Y. Jackson several times last fall and winter to see how the app programs were coming along. “I think they really enjoyed seeing their artwork turn up on the screen,” Nowell said. This year is Carla Kirby’s first time teaching the apps development program. “It surprised me how well it worked and how students were excited,” she said. “It was energizing just to be in the room watching those kids talk.” Kirby, who teaches grade 10, 11 and 12 computer science courses, said students will learn C++ programming in Grade 11 and develop more advanced apps in Grade 12. This is the first year app programming has been offered at A.Y. Jackson, a course that falls under the umbrella program TechU.me. TechU.me, a program de-

signed to entice high school students into considering a career in technology, was launched in 2007 by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, which has since changed its name to Invest Ottawa, and a cluster of hightech companies that hoped to boost the number of youth entering computer science programs at universities and colleges. The pilot project ran from 2007-11 in four Ottawa high schools: Earl of March Secondary School, Garneau Catholic high school, Mother Theresa High School and All Saints Catholic High School. Last September, the program expanded to 19 high schools, which included A.Y. Jackson, with plans to grow to 25 over the next two years. “The really critical thing that came out of the pilot project was the recipe for success, which is having the high school students working with the elementary students, but also having the industry mentor visit the classroom,” said

Maria Smirnoff, a spokeswoman for the Ottawa Network for Education, a division of Invest Ottawa. The first year of the pilotproject, high school students visited high-tech industries, such as IBM-Canada and Cisco Systems Inc., to experience the work environment. Over the next four years, the project evolved and became more hands on for the students, said Smirnoff. Starting in the project’s second year, students worked on building small XO laptops, which were later shipped to schools in Third World countries. In 2010, Patrick Coxall, a Grade 10 computer science teacher at Mother Theresa High School in Barrhaven, suggested schools teach youth how to program apps for mobile devices such as Playbooks and iPads. “The teacher, on his own, created model teaching apps,” said Smirnoff. “We took the model and used it in other schools.” This year, the program received $961,000 in funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario to expand the TechU.Me program from four to 25 high schools over the next three years. TechU.me has four industry partners: IBM-Canada, Adobe, BlackBerry and Macadamian, which provided classroom space, Playbooks, Adobe Creative Suite licensing, and assistance monitoring the students’ development. TechU.me also offers science summer camps for grades 6 and 8 students in the Ottawa area, teaching them how to build robots with Lego, social media, app development and website design. Enrolment in computer science programs at Canadian universities and colleges has gone up since the program started, said Smirnoff.

“But the demand has grown,” she said. “A lot of the partners we’re working with in the industry are saying, ‘We are desperate for talent.’” Smirnoff said TechU.me aims to remove negative stereotypes associated with a job in high tech and encouraging high school students to consider a career in software programming and app development. The program is already seeing some success stories, said Smirnoff, such as that of Samira El-Rayyes, a Katimavik woman completing her second year in a bachelor of applied science at the University of Ottawa, where she is majoring in software engineering. El-Rayyes, 19, never considered a career in computer programming until she entered the TechU.Me program at Earl of March Secondary School. In 2008, El-Rayyes was finishing Grade 9 and was certain she wanted to study chemistry in university, when she came across a Grade 10 computer science course. “It was really new to me,” said El-Rayyes. “I didn’t know anything about computer science or java or anything like that.” The Earl of March student learned how to make games to put on XO laptops. “I was going into chemistry before that, but I switched,” said El Rayyes. “I really, really liked having a final product in the end.” This summer, El-Rayyes will be starting a paid internship with Nakima Systems, a company in Kanata. It helped that when she contacted the company to apply for the internship her industry mentor who taught her introductory programming at Earl of March answered the phone. “There’s a huge job market,” said El-Rayyes.

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For the fifth consecutive year, Hydro Ottawa has been named one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers. Lyne Parent-Garvey, Hydro Ottawa’s Chief Human Resources Officer, says it is a culture of caring that the company has built up over the years that makes Hydro Ottawa a great employer.

That caring is expressed in many ways by Hydro Ottawa’s 660 employees. They work closely with customers to help them use electricity efficiently and to save money on bills. They are quick to volunteer in the community, and are enthusiastic contributors to Hydro Ottawa’s United Way campaign, raising over a million dollars over the past decade. Employees are supported by an organization that recognizes achievements, encourages feedback, and that strongly promotes employee health and safety.

“We also care about a successful future and we want to be a sustainable organization. In the next 10 years, we will have a lot of people retiring, so we have many programs, including workforce and succession planning initiatives in place, to prepare our next generation of journeypersons, engineers and leaders,” added Parent-Garvey.

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Laura MacDonald, second from left, waits outside Rideau Hall, where the Katimavik woman received the Governor General’s Medal of Bravery Award on Friday, Feb. 8. Pictured above are: Reginald MacDonald, Laura, Gov.-Gen. David Johnston and Julia MacDonald, Laura’s mother.

West-end woman wins Medal of Bravery Nursing student honoured for diving into cold water of Lake Ontario and rescuing drowning woman in 2010 Blair Edwards blair.edwards@metroland.com

EMC news – Laura MacDonald had to take a break from her nursing internship at Queen’s University. But she had a pretty good reason. The 22-year-old Katimavik woman had a date at Rideau Hall on Friday, Feb. 8, where she was awarded a Governor General Medal of Bravery. “That was a huge shock,” said MacDonald. “I feel very special, very honoured.” Gov-Gen. David Johnston presented four Stars of Courage and 46 Medals of Bravery last week. The awards were created in 1972 to recognize people who risk their lives to protect or try to save others. The Medal of Bravery recognizes acts of bravery during hazardous circumstances. MacDonald never expected to receive an award for her actions on March 20, 2010, the night she saved a fellow Queen’s student from drowning. That night, MacDonald and a group of five of her fellow students were out for a walk along the Lake Ontario waterfront across from her residence, when they heard cries coming from the water. MacDonald and her friends ran to the pier where they saw a purple leather jacket lying on the dock, the type commonly used by Queen’s engineering students. Nearly three metres below the pier, a young woman was thrashing in the water. The students threw a line to the woman and pulled her close to the pier and then tried to pull her out, but couldn’t reach her. “Instinct kind of kicked in,” said MacDonald. “I just

grabbed my friend’s hand and he swung me into the water. “I just had to help her and get her out of the water – it was really cold,” she said. “It was really just an instinctive kind of thing. Someone was in danger.” There were ladders with metal rungs leading up the concrete pier, but they were difficult to see in the dark. MacDonald, who earned a bronze cross in swimming and took lessons at the Kanata Leisure Centre, knew how dangerous it was to try and save someone who was drowning and flailing their arms and body in a panic.

I just had to help her and get her out of the water – it was really cold. LAURA MACDONALD MEDAL OF BRAVERY RECIPIENT

But the water was icy cold and the woman needed help. MacDonald remembered a move from her days playing forward for the Earl of March Lions girls rugby team. She dove underneath the drowning woman and grabbed her by the thighs and then braced her feet on a nearby concrete piling. “It’s a technique we use in rugby to get people off the ground to throw in,” said MacDonald. “I went underwater to get the momentum. “If I hadn’t of played rugby for so long I don’t think I’d be able to get her out of the water.” When the drowning woman’s body was raised high enough out of the water, MacDonald’s friends grabbed her and pulled her up to the pier. “At the time I wasn’t the

least bit concerned for myself,” she said. “I’m a pretty strong swimmer. Afterwards it kicked in, ‘I’m kind of in some really cold water.” MacDonald found a ladder and slowly climbed out of the water. “It’s really hard to climb out because it’s little metal bars,” she said. When she reached the top, MacDonald, who was cold, wet and very tired, returned to her residence, while her friends waited for an ambulance to arrive. “We were (later) told she was fine,” she said. Over the next week, MacDonald, who had been nursing a cold, developed bronchitis. “I actually wasn’t going to tell my parents about what happened that night because I was afraid they’d be angry because I put myself in danger,” she said. In 2011, MacDonald received a commendation of merit from the Kingston police. MacDonald, who attended both Katimavik Elementary School and Earl of March while growing up, was later nominated for the Governor General’s Medal of Bravery by her father, Reg. “I’m pretty proud,” he said the day before the awards ceremony. “Very proud.” Laura MacDonald had been keeping the news of her award under wraps, said Reg. “She hasn’t even told hardly any of her friends, just the ones who were there; she’s kept it pretty low key.” But her parents’ enthusiasm was infectious, his daughter said. “Everyone’s got me pumped about it,” she said. “My parents are pretty excited.”

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Carling-Preston plan revealed, staff report to follow Residents express worried about new roads, building heights Steph Willems steph.willems@metroland.com

EMC news – An open house on Feb. 5 gave residents a clear view the commissioned development plan for the Carling-Preston area, though many factors criticized in earlier iterations still remain. A less-detailed vision of the final plan created by Torontobased planning consultant George Dark was released in early January and was met with concerns over several of its features, namely the addition of vehicle roads along the east side of the O-Train corridor, nine-storey buildings bordering some of that corridor and a row of 18-storey buildings along the west side of Rochester Street. The open house revealed the plan in greater detail, but those contentious elements remained.

Following an overview of the plan by Lee Ann Snedden, the city’s manager of policy development and urban design, followed by updates on the separate Gladstone and Bayview district design plans, residents were able to view display boards and consult with city planners. A model showing the threedimensional layout of the plan was also on display. “This plan is the result of recommendations and work from (planning consultant) George Dark and we are here to hear your feedback,” said Snedden, stating that staff have already heard a significant amount of commentary on the issue. “(Staff) will summarize this feedback and will be making recommendations to planning committee based on comments we hear tonight.” The staff report, with res-

ident’s comments attached, will be sent to planning committee on March 26. Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes echoed the sentiment expressed by many before and during the open house. “We absolutely have to get rid of the Norman Street nine-storey application that’s in, and the news – the street – that’s running alongside our bicycle path,” said Holmes. “Why would we put in a bike/ pedestrian path and then put a road beside it? That’s absolute nonsense. We have light rail transit stations coming and we need people to walk or bicycle to those stations, so we definitely have to get rid of that piece of (the plan).” Holmes said she would like to see the height along Rochester Street reduced to “the nine-storey range” as the lots along Carling would be better suited to tall buildings. “The Carling height is pretty acceptable for most people and that’s a good place to put height -- that’s a lot of density capacity,” said Holmes, adding the federal government

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Residents examine a model showing the George Dark-inspired community design plan for the Carling-Preston neighbourhood on Feb. 5. will soon offload large lots east of Booth Street in the near future, which will offer additional opportunities for greater height. “The community and the business community are all in favour of that density on Carling,” she said. “We have

to keep the Little Italy piece – the worker’s houses, the historical and cultural heart of Little Italy – we have to keep those, because we have all this other capacity (for) extreme height and density.” Peter Eady, traffic committee chairman for the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association, disapproved of the new roadways paralleling the O-Train corridor. Despite the fact that the Dark plan shows five new pedestrian crossings over the rail tracks, Eady questioned whether a particular one – the crossing at Adeline Street – would remain solely for pedestrians. “We’re proposing that it remain a pedestrian bridge,” said Eady, adding, “We also asked that the north end of Champagne Avenue (just south of Beech Street) become an occasional traffic route.” The drawings provided with the Dark plan show that stretch of Champagne – between Ev Tremblay Park and the adjacent parking lot of the Beechgrove Apartments – as being a multi-purpose street, one which can be closed off for traffic to host outdoor events or markets. Dalhousie Community As-

sociation president Michael Powell said the lack of differences between the vision released a month ago and the final form of the Dark plan “was not totally surprising.” He said he hopes the concerns of residents expressed through feedback channels will make an impact on the staff report’s recommendations. “I’m hoping that after having heard feedback they will adjust (the plan) accordingly,” said Powell, saying other neighbourhood associations in the area share their main concerns. “Right now it is key to make staff and the decision makers aware of our concerns and I think those concerns are reasonable ... . We want the area to evolve in a sensible, rational way and we want the city to fully consider the outcome of what they are suggesting.” If the staff report is passed by both planning committee and council, the next step will be to have the public advisory committee, technical advisory committee and stakeholders finalize a secondary plan for the area. That plan is expected to be completed sometime in the fall of 2013.

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College launches health and wellness research centre Jennifer McIntosh jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

EMC news - A cash infusion from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada prompted the launch of a health and wellness research centre at Algonquin College on Jan. 30. The $2.3-million grant is the third grant given to the college through NSERC’s College and Community Innovation program. It will help to link small, local companies with lab space at the college and allow students to use new and developing technology while training for work in their field. College president Kent MacDonald said the launch was about a year in the making. “I think it’s the job of postsecondary educational institutions to improve the communities they are in,” he said. “And with this type of partnership, we can help move products that will benefit Canada’s healthcare system from the idea stage to the marketplace.” The health and wellness research centre employs a full-time project manager and a support staff member who together engage students and

academic leaders on projects with industry partners. There are currently six such projects underway and staff hope to start 10 more this year. Markus Latzel, president of Palomino System Innovations – a company that uses Cloud computing technology to store health data – said the real life patient data provided by working with nurses at the college’s centre is invaluable. Mark Hoddenbagh, director of applied research and innovation at the college said research partnerships will result in better trained professionals graduating from the college and entering the workforce. “The mission of this centre is to leverage the college’s existing educational and research strengths to contribute to the health and wellness sectors, resulting in highly trained personnel, economic development and job creation,” Hoddenbagh said. Bert van den Berg, with NSERC, said the grant was the maximum the research council allows and congratulated the college. The council has provided 240 grants to 60 colleges through the innovation program.

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other had emptied the big white envelope onto the kitchen

table. It had been crammed full with Valentines bought at the drug store in Renfrew. They were of the simplest kind and each one had a little flap at the bottom that could be bent to allow the Valentine to stand on its own. As always there was one larger Valentine, much more elegant than the others, for the teacher. There was usually a great argument who would get the teacher card, until Mother settled the issue by having the whole five of us sign the back of it. The entire packet wouldn’t have cost Mother more than a quarter. Valentine’s Day at Northcote School was something special. There was always a cake, we wore our next-toSunday best clothes and Miss Crosby crammed an entire day’s lessons into the morning, so that the afternoon could be given over to the celebration of Valentine’s Day. That year, when I was about six years old and still one of the youngest at Northcote School, I remember Valentine’s Day as if it were yesterday. The teacher always chose someone to be the mailman and as usual Marguirite was given the job.

send me the card. He didn’t even crack his toes in his gum rubbers or wiggled his ears one at a time when Miss Crosby wasn’t looking. No, it couldn’t have been Cecil. After we had all been given a piece of the Valentine cake, we were ordered to wipe off our desks. Heaven forbid that there would a crumb left for the mice who came out of the woodwork every night. Joyce and I were given the job of sweeping up the crumbs and as we worked our way up and down the aisles, she with the dustpan and me with the broom, just as I was about to put the broom under Marguirite’s desk, there was a stub of a bright red crayon!

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories ever sent it to me had taken a red crayon and coloured on masses of tangled red curls. They completely covered her head and cascaded down over her shoulders. She was quite a mess and of course I had flaming red hair. There was enough space left at the bottom for the sender to print “I hate red hair.” That was bad enough to turn my face crimson and I quickly scanned the room to see who could be the culprit. Yet there was no sign of recognition. I turned the card over and there in bold printing, with the same red crayon were the words, “unless it’s on a cat!” Who could have done such a dastardly deed? Cecil! I just knew it had to be Cecil! But could it be? After all, most of the Briscoes had flaming red hair too! But Cecil was clever enough to know that would throw me off. Yes, it had to be Cecil and there he sat, the picture of innocence. He was on such good behaviour that day that I questioned if he in fact did

Miss Crosby took the lid off the big white mail box and handed Marguirite about five cards at a time. It wasn’t unusual to get a dozen or more Valentines that day. Most of them were signed by the sender, but some just had “from Guess Who” on them. These could be funny, or in some cases with the pupils in Senior Fourth, they bore words that bordered on romance. Of course, these were never signed and I could see my sister Audrey and her friends look around the room, giggle, and try to guess who the sender was. Yes, there were great mysteries abounding on Valentine’s Day at Northcote School. My little friends Joyce and Velma, of course, had cards for me, signed “friends forever” which gladdened my heart. Then there was one card, the picture of which is as vivid in my mind today, as it was back then in the 1930s. In itself, it wasn’t out of the ordinary. There was a picture of a little girl and who-

Editor’s Note: Many times Mary has been asked if the people she writes about really existed. As she says, some names have been changed to protect the innocent. Others have graciously allowed her license to use their names in her stories. Such a person was Cecil, who Mary has written about for decades. With a heavy heart, Mary was informed on Feb. 5 that Cecil Brisco died that morning on the family farm at Northcote. Cecil’s family has agreed that he can still be very much a part of Mary’s memories of growing up during the Depression.

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EMC news - Food, friends and fun will all feature at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edition of the Vanier Winter Carnival. In its second year, the carnival at Richelieu Park is a jam-packed event skating, crafts and snow sculptures. Organized by the Vanier Community Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parks and recreation committee, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edition will feature a special evening event, Après Snow offering residents the chance to mingle with friends and neigh-

bours while sampling cuisine from local restaurants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to have the event go into the evening,â&#x20AC;? said Gyulia Borbely, board member at the Vanier Community Association at a meeting on Jan. 8. Originally, the organization Taboo Eats was planned to take part in the carnival, but pulled out on Jan. 8. The committee worked to ďŹ nd a new food-related event. The samples will be dished out by local Vanier restaurants from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Fontenelle Restaurant, 55 Montreal Rd.

Daytime activities include snowshoeing, a hockey game between police ofďŹ cers and Vanier residents, while representatives from the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health will host multi-cultural activities for all ages. Bonhomme de Carnaval will also be on hand to spread cheer. The association has collaborated with the Vanier BeautiďŹ cation group, Vanier Community Service Centre, MusĂŠoparc Vanier, the Vanier Sugar Shack, Ottawa Public Library, Vanier Snack Shack, Centre Pauline-Char-

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Ashbury, OrlĂŠans cadets push fitness limits Brier Dodge brier.dodge@metroland.com

EMC sports - OrlĂŠans and Ashbury cadets are going to be in for a shock when Allister Beauchamp and the Snap Fitness team take over during their Feb. 23 ďŹ tness day. Beauchamp, along with trainers Jeff Fotti, Cierra Mansergh and Dale Boyer, will run the last 60 to 90 minutes of the day to prepare cadets for the ďŹ rst ever Snap Fitness Games this summer. And the ďŹ tness games are going to force cadets to go all out, ďŹ&#x201A;ipping tires and cranking out more pushups than theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever done before. The aim of the games is to give the cadets a ďŹ tness challenge to work towards after the Feb. 23 assessment, and get youth active on an ongoing basis. Beauchamp, who owns the OrlĂŠans and Rockland Snap Fitness locations, said he was shocked when he recently read a study that claimed for the ďŹ rst time in 100 years, youth have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. So when he got talking to the cadets during an OrlĂŠans Chamber of Commerce meeting, he thought it was a perfect ďŹ t.

The ďŹ tness day will be held at the Major EJG Holland VC Armoury at 2100 Walkley Rd. and the games hopefully at an outdoor ďŹ eld or school yard in OrlĂŠans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to get ready because this summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be brutal,â&#x20AC;? he said, with a smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to bring tires, sledgehammers, for the day. The ďŹ tness day will be a teaser for this summer.â&#x20AC;? Cadets will all be doing the same challenges, but there will likely be a younger and older group for the challenge for the 14 to 18 year olds. Beauchamp got into ďŹ tness later in life himself, after his doctor recommended he lose weight to help with back issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I got to my goal, I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If I can do this, what else can I do?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to give this to someone else.â&#x20AC;? MEMBERSHIP

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Ashbury and OrlĂŠans cadets will work with Jeff Fotti, a personal trainer at Snap Fitness, along with several other trainers during a Feb. 23 training day. make sure to clock their gym time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they will be required to work out three times a week to keep their membership valid, and family members may be asked to compete odd jobs at the gym. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What if one of these kids takes a liking to moving

around?â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If even one takes to it, I would be thrilled.â&#x20AC;? Cadets is a free program offered in the community, with a large group meeting at the OrlĂŠans Legion on Wednesday nights, and a smaller group at Ashbury

sportsmanship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to remind them that there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just sore losers, but bad winners,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our events will give them conďŹ dence, get them to socialize and give them some tools to live a healthier lifestyle.â&#x20AC;?

College on Monday evenings. Cadets will have to write an essay to be considered for the free family membership, and the cadets will recommend families to Beauchamp. He said the challenge will also incorporate aspects of

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Authories want public to share flood memories Input sought to update city’s floodplain maps Emma Jackson emma.jackson@metroland.com

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EMC news - Three conservation authorities are hoping memories will come flooding back - and into their mailboxes - as residents consider floods of the past. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, South Nation Conservation and Mississippi Valley Conservation are teaming up with the City of Ottawa to update their flood risk maps inside the city’s boundaries over the next five years. The city recently launched its official plan review and it recognized that updating flood risk maps is necessary to ensure appropriate classification for properties across the city. Most maps haven’t been updated since the 1990s. An important part of the project is public feedback, in the form of photos, clippings and memories about floods of the past, said water resources engineer Sandra Mancini. Any and all information can help confirm the authorities’ calculations and mapping processes, she said. Members of the public can share their memories until the end of March, she said, and more information sessions will be held once the technical work is complete to gather even more feedback. Mancini added it’s in the

residents’ best interest to provide any information they have. “Floodplain mapping is a preventative exercise,” she wrote in an email. “It’s designed to foresee sensitive areas in maximum flood conditions to protect people and property.” The John Boyce Drain located just north of Greely and flowing east from Bank Street to Ramseyville Road, and the Osgoode Garden Cedar Acres Drain flowing east from Stagecoach to John Quinn Road, have never been mapped before. Flood maps for Findlay Creek, the Monahan drain between Barrhaven and Kanata, parts of the Rideau River and parts of the Ottawa River will be updated, as well as several areas in the Ottawa Valley. The resulting flood risk maps will identify areas along the river that are vulnerable to flooding and where new development is to be restricted or prohibited in accordance with provincial planning policies. The $150,000 funding for 2013 is being split between the city and the three conservation authorities. For more information, contact Mancini with South Nation Conservation at 1-877984-2948 ext. 223 or smancini@nation.on.ca, Daley Mikalson with Rideau Valley Conservation Authority at 1800-267-3504 ext. 1150 or daley.mikalson@rvca.ca, or Doug Nuttall with Mississippi Conservation Authority at 613-259-2421 ext. 258 or dnuttall@mvc.on.ca.

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The Ministry of Natural Resources is reminding anglers to check local ice conditions before heading out onto the ice to fish. • Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness across most lakes and rivers. This can be even more hazardous at the start of the winter season when near-shore ice is often much thicker and safer than ice further out. Check thickness regularly with a spud bar or auger as you move further out on the ice. • Not all ice is created equal. Ice that has formed over flowing water, springs, pressure cracks, old ice holes or around the mouths of rivers and streams can be weaker than surrounding ice. • Clear blue ice is the strongest. White or opaque ice is much weaker. Ice that has a honeycombed look, common during thaws or in the spring, should be avoided altogether. • Travelling on frozen lakes or rivers with snowmobiles or vehicles can be particularly dangerous and added pre-

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EMC news - The hard work performed by members of a Westboro-based charity is already paying off in the mountains of northern Thailand. A group of 20 Karen students – refugees whose families escaped political strife and genocide in neighbouring Myanmar – recently graduated from the Jen’s House secondary school, located one hour from Chiang Mai, and many are now planning careers. These youth are the first graduating class from the schoolhouse built by members and volunteers of Karen Learning and Education Opportunities support group, a non-profit group started by six Ottawa women and led by founder and director Coleen Scott. The school includes a residence capable of housing 24 students who live communally while performing their studies. Jen’s House, constructed in 2009, is a living memorial to Scott’s daughter Jen, who died suddenly of an illness while teaching in a remote Karen village in 2003. Scott wanted to do something to help improve the lives of the people her daughter was so passionate about, forming the support group soon thereafter. “The essence of the work that is now KLEO began after

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Jan’s House graduate Suneesa, far left, is seen with the Ladies of Nong Tao in a Karen village located in Chiang Mai province, Thailand. Karen women from this area are master weavers who have distinct individual family patterns passed on through generations Jen’s passing in 2003,” said Scott. “It was through my search for healing that I was brought back to the people Jen loved, the Karen. Their need was vast and it was out of this need that I was presented with a place where I could begin to heal

the immense hole in my heart and the never-ending desperation. A place where I could offer the love I could no longer give to Jenny. Oddly enough, it was through Jen’s work and kindness that I came to what has now been a 10-year healing journey with the coura-

geous Karen people.” Having attained charitable status late last year, Karen Learning and Education Opportunities also assists the 300 or so Karen refugees residing in Ottawa, providing them with support and help in accessing beneficial services

and programs. The support group formed an English summer school for Karen residents in 2007 and its programming continues to expand. One young Karen woman helped by the support group’s efforts is Suneesa, a young

woman who graduated from Jen’s House last spring and returned to her village to start a small business after studying sewing and design in university. She was one of 10 students who have gone on to post-secondary education following their time at Jen’s House. Suneesa recognized the intricate sewing and weaving skills of the local populace and, with the help of the support group, is organizing a group of local women to bring their unique wares to market. The Ladies of Nong Tao was created to foster not just local business, but also to advance opportunities and education among the villagers. An education fund is among the ideas Suneesa and her friends are planning. Karen Learning and Education Opportunities member Nancy Maddams, like Scott, sees hope and inspiration in stories like Suneesa’s. “It’s so great to have a Jen’s House graduate return to her village to help,” said Maddams, noting that another graduate is studying pharmacology. “It’s heartwarming to see how the results have paid off with these young people.” More information about the support group, including information on how to volunteer, can be sound on the group’s website at kleosupportgroup.com

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Tours are also available for adult groups. The Sand Road log cabin remains open to all visitors even while tours are being conducted. The two hour tours, which follow the kindergarten to Grade 12 science curriculum, start at 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. To offset expenses, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cost per participant is $6, which includes the tour and a maple treat. Pancake meals are also available starting at $4.50 per person. The minimum number per group is 15. To help make the program more accessible, South Nation is offering bus subsidies of up to $150 per eligible school. Additionally, the authority will loan maple education lesson kits to schools and groups who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to visit the programming site. For more information or to book a tour, call Karen Paquette at 1-877-984-2948, extension 286.

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using the huge cast iron kettles of the early settlers to the development of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern evaporators. And, if the weatherman cooperates, participants will see maple syrup being made. While thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of fun to be had during a Sand Road outing, program interpreter Chris Craig said the true emphasis is on education. Students learn woodlot management, the role forests play within watersheds and how to identify various tree species. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students will gain a better understanding of how humans are connected to nature, and how that connection has evolved over the years,â&#x20AC;? Craig said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lessons learned at Sand Road can last a lifetime.â&#x20AC;? The bilingual program is offered between March 5 and April 5, and interested schools must book their visits in advance through the conservation authority.

EMC news - Non-profits, small businesses and the public service alike are being encouraged to take advantage of the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Canada Summer Jobs program for students. Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills development, announced the jobs initiative on Feb. 1 at the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through Canada Summer Jobs, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re helping to create

up to 36,000 jobs for students,â&#x20AC;? said Finley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This program helps students gain work experience, links employers with enthusiastic workers for the summer and spurs job creation and economic growth. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a winwin-win that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy to support.â&#x20AC;? Designed to boost studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work experience while earning them money for continuing education, the $107.5 million in annual funding will be made available to not-forprofit organizations, publicsector employers and small

businesses to hire students ages 15 to 30. Only full-time students who intend to return to school next year can qualify for the job opportunities. Canada Summer Jobs applications are available online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2013 and at Service Canada Centres. Applications must be submitted between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28. To help employers complete their application, the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant Guide is available online, by calling 1-800-935-5555, or by visiting any Service Canada Centre.


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Hockey Day in the Hamlet returns this February Enjoy prizes, activities, fun this Family Day long weekend Brier Dodge brier.dodge@metroland.com

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Dealing for charity Ottawa Senators defenceman Andre Benoit deals a game of blackjack at the Sens Soiree on Feb. 4. The annual gala is the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major fundraiser for the Sens Foundation, and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event raised $255,000 to support the charityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiatives with youth mental health and addictions, pediatric healthcare programs and outdoor community rink construction projects. Members of the hockey team mingled with more than 700 guests and manned the game tables at the Hilton Lac-Leamy conference centre.

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EMC news - Blackburn Hamlet will celebrate Hockey Day on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this year, opening up two rinks with a variety of activities for area families. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been running this for the past three years now,â&#x20AC;? said Blackburn Hamlet Community Association president Laura Dudas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People just come out and enjoy it, and hit the ice.â&#x20AC;? The event has been timed a week after most Hockey Day events in the city in order to sync up with the Family Day holiday. The outdoor rink at Norman Johnston Alternative School at the corner of Innes Road and Cleroux Crescent will host the event, with the

puddle rink open for nonhockey players to skate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will be a lot of activities on and off the ice, so even if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t skate, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something,â&#x20AC;? Dudas said. Because the puddle rink is open in addition to the full rink holding the ofďŹ cial games, all ages are welcome to come out for the day. She said Mayor Jim Watson and Coun. Rainer Bloess would attend, and that several other politicians have been invited as well. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be sold, with all proceeds going to the Ottawa Food Bank. The rink at Norman Johnston is the community associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest rink of several, and has a shack for skate changes and keeping warm. Prizes will be given out throughout the day. There is no rain date in case of bad weather, with the weekend traditionally having decent skating weather. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Canadian, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pretty hardy,â&#x20AC;? Dudas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even when it was pretty cold outside, people still showed up in droves.â&#x20AC;?

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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 next series of prenatal classes, offered by Ottawa Public Health at the Ottawa Public Library, got underway on Feb. 2 at the Alta Vista branch. Five branches are offering these classes this winter: Alta Vista, Cumberland, Main, Nepean Centrepointe and Stittsville. A public health nurse will lead multiple three-session series to small groups that will cover Birth, Breastfeeding and Baby Basics. Online registration is required but programs are free to attend. Visit www. BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca or contact InfoService at 613580-2940 or InfoService@ BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca for more information.

Feb. 15 The President of Carleton University, Roseann O’Reilly Runte, will speak to the 26th Humanitarian Gala dinner at the Sheraton Hotel on Feb. 15. These dinners are organized by the Ottawa branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society to raise funds for projects in Commonwealth countires. This year, the proceeds will be donated to a Canhave project for children in Uganda. The reception begins at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $85 for RCS members and $125 for non-members -- the fee includes a year’s membership in the RCS. Contact Joy Tilsley at 613-747-7318 for tickets or more information.

Feb. 16 The Ottawa Independent Writers are hosting author and social media expert Caroline Risi of Ottawa, who will explain how Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and other vehicles can help authors and others promote their projects, books and events. The cost of the session is $45 for OIW members and $55 for nonmembers. The session takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Invest Ottawa Building, 80 Aberdeen St. in Little Italy. For information or to register, contact Randy Ray at randyray@rogers.com or 613-731-3873. Get into the season at the Vanier Winter Carnaval d’hiver à Vanier. The day will feature hockey, snow sculptures and many other free activities for the whole family. Everything takes place on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Richelieu Park, located at 300 White Fathers Ave.

Feb. 17 Join us at the Hampton-Iona Winter Carnival on Feb. 17 at Iona Park, located between Iona and Wesley avenues. Enjoy skating, snowshoeing, games, hot chocolate and lots more!

Feb. 21 IODE Walter Baker Chapter will meet Feb. 21 at 1 p.m at the Ottawa Guide House,

located at 453 Parkdale Ave. between Foster Street and Gladstone Avenue. Women of all ages are invited to attend and learn about volunteer work. For more information, please visit our website at iodewalterbaker.weebly.com or call Alia at 613-864-6779.

Feb. 25 Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre at 820 Woodroffe Ave., on Feb. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be family friendly activities throughout the afternoon and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m.

March 6 If you have recently lost a partner, you may find cooking for one as an adjustment. The easy, delicious and healthy recipes demonstrated in Mike’s Kitchen will help you get back to taking care of yourself. Just bring yourself, everything else is provided. The group will meet weekly from March 6 to April 17, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, 2112 Bel-Air Dr. The cost is $15/week or $80 for all six weeks. Call 613-224-0526 to register.

March 20 Heritage Ottawa presents a free public lecture on

the topic of Rediscovering Lowertown. This event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium 120 Metcalfe St. 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 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. For more information, email info@heritageottawa.org, call 613-230-8841 or visit heritageottawa.org.

business and service sector exhibitors will present products and information of value to seniors and persons with disabilities. For tickets and further information call The Olde Forge at 613-829-9777 or email info@oldeforge.ca.

April 25

Practice and improve your Spanish speaking skills at the intermediate and advanced levels. We are Los Amigos Toastmasters and we meet at the Civic Hospital, Main Building, Main Floor, Room 3 at the back left of the Cafeteria Tulip Café on Mondays from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Call Carole at 613-761-6537 or e-mail lucani@sympatico. ca for more information. You can also visit us online at amigos-tm.ca.

The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre is holding its first Seniors Information Fair and Lunch, April 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in Britannia. Tickets are $10 (including lunch) and can be purchased at the Olde Forge. Local

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Mondays Would you like to improve your communication and leadership skills? Carlingwood Toastmasters is a great place for you to learn. We’re a supportive club and have been around for more than 50 years. Guests are always welcome. We meet Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Martin’s Church, located at 2120 Prince Charles Rd. Please try to arrive 10 minutes early. For more information contact Darlene at 613-793-9491 or visit carlingwoodtoastmasters.org.

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 632aircadets. com for more information.

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, noncompetitive 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 613-7316526.

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 theopdl.ca.

Ongoing The Ottawa Newcomers Club is designed to help women new to Ottawa or in a new life situation acclimatize by enjoying the company of other women with similar interests. We have morning, afternoon and evening events such as skiing, Scrabble, bridge, fun lunches, book clubs, Gallery tours, dinner club, and crafts. For more information visit our website at www.ottawanewcomersclub. ca or call 613-860-0548.

Tuesdays Our painters circle is a friendly, encouraging group with a wide range of painting experience. Sharing ideas, showing off work, seeking

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.

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