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Picking the next prehistoric rock star Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Reassemble an entire skeleton or answer age-old questions concerning a horned dinosaur? Provide a better understanding of the evolution of an uncommon beast, find a new, never-seenbefore duck-billed dinosaur or uncover a potential rare carnivorous jaw? These intriguing choices are what face visitors to the Canadian Museum of Nature

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Fossil curator Kieran Shepherd, left, and Canadian Museum of Nature dinosaur researcher Jordan Mallon show off one of the museum’s Dino Idol candidates, Mystery Jaw. The museum is asking for patrons to choose one of five candidates from its fossil collection to become the researcher’s next project.

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for me,” Mallon said. “You’re the first one looking at these things for the first time in close to 100 years.” The “contestants” are: • Regal Ed, a partial skeleton of a duck-billed dinosaur. • Canadian Club, believed to be the back half of an armored dinosaur. • Stumpy, the skull of a horned dinosaur that has resorbed (a re-distribution of the horn’s calcium for other purposes such as. laying eggs or healing injuries) its entire right brow horn – something Mallon said is incredibly rare and has never been observed.

EMC news - First they were successful in getting rid of a construction area in their green space. Now, residents of Old Ottawa East are celebrating another victory after getting a plan to put a parking lot at 160 Lees Ave. cancelled. The city revealed in December that it had been planning with the University of Ottawa since August to put a temporary 360-space parking lot in a large field beside Springhurst Park that serves as recreational space for 3,000 residents of neighbouring apartment towers, as well as local ruby and ultimate Frisbee teams. The lot was needed for three years as part of an agreement for the city to compensate the university for the loss of parking spaces that will be displaced from the heart of campus during construction of the city’s lightrail transit line. Community members reeled at the news that their “park” would be paved over and filled with cars and construction vehicles, so they sprung into action. Now, two months later, the community is tentatively celebrating its success in cancelling the parking lot. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko revealed the news during a Feb. 12 meeting of the Old Ottawa East Community Association.

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when they help choose the museum’s next palaeo star. Dino Idol is currently underway at the downtown museum, inviting patrons who visit the dinosaur exhibition to help pick the museum’s next research project. The exhibition includes five dinosaur plaster casts, all with mystery and excitement waiting to be found inside. The idea came from the museum’s post-doctoral fellow, Jordan Mallon, who said he thought it would be a great

way for the public to interact with the museum’s research department. Mallon and fossil curator Kieran Shepherd are both excited about the new exhibition’s potential. “From a collection perspective, they all would be pretty cool to open up,” Shepherd said of the five specimens currently in storage. For the past 100 years, the fossils have been kept in field jackets – burlap and plaster casings – since fossil collectors Charlie H. Sternberg and his son Charles M. Sternberg unearthed the bones in Alberta. The museum has kept them in storage ever since. “This is incredibly exciting

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In preparation of the Lansdowne redevelopment project, the Glebe Community Association released a community survey to discuss concerns over parking, cycling and traffic flow in the neighbourhood.

Glebe association looks for input on traffic concerns Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - The Glebe Community Association has launched a survey that will allow residents to express their concerns about trafďŹ c in the neighbourhood. On Feb. 8, the Glebe trafďŹ c survey was launched through the web-based portal Survey Monkey.

The survey, which should take 15 to 20 minutes to complete, covers issues such as cycling, trafďŹ c ow, trafďŹ c calming measures and parking policies. The Glebe association lists the redevelopment of Lansdowne, speciďŹ cally the impact a new cinema may have, as the reason for conducting the survey. The association adds that over the past few months, the

group has been part of a consultation process to help identify ways to mitigate the impact of additional trafďŹ c. Now, the association would like the community’s feedback regarding some of those proposed measures. The survey is available for residents to ďŹ ll out until Feb. 23 and can be accessed through the association’s website at www.glebe.ca.

• Mystery Jaw; the ďŹ eld notes from Sternberg simply say carnivorous dinosaur jaw, but looking at the size of the casting, Mallon predicts it’s from a huge carnivore. • Headrosaur, this time the skull of a duck-billed dinosaur. Basic research of this casting suggests this skull could be something never seen before. Mallon said he is excited by the prospect of any one of these specimens being revealed through the contest.. “Teeth, claws, clubs: there is a variety to choose from,â€? Mallon said. The exhibition has illustrations above each casting, based on what Mallon described to a graphic artist. “The illustrations are awesome and I think it nicely represents what we think would be in there,â€? Mallon said. “Chances are we will be wrong, but that is what is exciting; to ďŹ nd out.â€? Going from choosing a winning specimen to the day it goes on display at the museum will take time, however. Some of the plaster jackets can take years to chip away at using a tiny tool like a jackhammer, powered by air-pressure.

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The process of removing fossils from the protective field jackets, which are largely made up of plaster, can take years of careful work. The five candidates chosen by the museum were selected partly because this process will take only a matter of months. The ďŹ ve candidates have been chosen partly because the work may only take a few months to a year. Both Shepherd and Mallon didn’t want the voting public to have to wait too long to see what was inside. These ďŹ ve candidates are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the museum’s re-

search facility, with thousands of other castings waiting to be opened. In his 25 years at the museum, Shepherd has only participated in two previous openings of a ďŹ eld jacket. Voting takes place until March 17. The winner will be revealed on March 19. Regular admission to the museum is required to vote.

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Heritage streetcar line proposed for Sparks Street

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EMC news - The streetcar may soon make its return to Sparks Street if a local organization has its way. The Ottawa Heritage Streetcar Committee wants to see an electric streetcar run from the Ottawa Convention Centre beside the Rideau Canal to the War Museum at LeBreton Flats. Made up of members of the public, the Sparks Street Mall Authority and Transport Action Canada, the group sees the line appealing to tourists. On Feb. 11, Transport Action Canada president David Jeanes presented the project to members of the Lowertown community. “The Ottawa heritage streetcar idea is about revitalizing the downtown core, adding culture and heritage activity to Sparks Street,” Jeanes said. Until 1959, Ottawa had an operating streetcar service which ran from Rockcliffe Park to the west end. This particular project would bring back the streetcar to the downtown streets with a proposed 2.4-kilometre route, a large portion of which would run along Sparks Street. Les Gagne, executive director for the Sparks Street Mall Authority, said the streetcar would be a great way to celebrate the heritage of the street as well as provide an alternative way of getting around the core. “I believe it would be 100 per cent complementary,” Gagne said. “The city’s light rail will have a much larger ridership. Sparks Street is meant to be a pedestrian friendly and you will see, if it is designed properly and promoted properly, (a streetcar) could be a huge advantage.” Participants from the city and the National Capital Commission sit on the committee as well. The idea of a circulator,

like a streetcar available for visitors, tourists and shoppers, was first suggested in a study led by the Outaouais transit authority, STO, in 2000. The concept was included as part of the 2005 NCC core area plan, but NCC spokesman Mario Tremblay added the NCC has not given this streetcar proposal any formal support. A preliminary cost estimate for the complete line is $16 million. Gagne said the group is working on exact costs and that a much shorter line, just along Sparks Street, is also a possibility. As to how the project would be funded, that’s up in the air as well. The group is looking at the possibility of seeking federal or provincial grants for the project, as well as seeking interest from prospective businesses and sponsors. Whether or not there would be a cost to use the service also has yet to be determined. “It’s going to be a paid service, but that is yet to be confirmed,” Gagne said. “If we had a big sponsor, maybe it wouldn’t be.” To create buzz, Gagne said the committee has been discussing the idea of bringing back Ottawa’s first original form of mass transit -- the horse-drawn streetcar -- to Sparks Street. The executive director has been working hard at revitalizing Sparks Street, organizing a number of recent events including a New Year’s Eve

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A scale model provides an example of what a streetcar might look like on Sparks Street. The Ottawa Heritage Streetcar Committee is currently working at bringing such a transit system back to the city. party, a Winterlude treasure hunt and winter beer festivals. A streetcar, Gagne said, could add to those efforts “It only gives people more reasons to come down,” he said. The concept is to lay down one track, with a railroad switch for trains to pass when crossing streets. The electric streetcar could have its current running the traditional way, with overhead wires, with the possibility to convert to battery power in more open spaces, such as passing by the National War Memorial. Stations would not require platforms. For Sparks Street areas such as Kent and Lyon streets, Jeanes said he believes the streetcar could be the catalyst to revitalize the area.

“Generally, Kent and Lyon is a wasteland,” he said. “How exciting would it be to have a streetcar go through there?” The plans are still in the early stages, working out actual costs and length of the route.

EMC news – Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi said he is “very excited” to take on the role of Minister of Labour, his first cabinet post since being elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007. Naqvi, who was sworn in on Feb. 11, resigned as president of the Liberal Party of Ontario in order to accept the position. Fellow Liberal MPP Bob Chiarelli, who represents Ottawa West-Nepean, was sworn in as Minister of Energy after previously serving as Minister of Infrastructure/ Transportation. In a statement, Premier Kathleen Wynne congratulated Naqvi on his posting and thanked him for his commitment to the party. “Through almost four years and three terms as Ontario Liberal Party president, Yasir has kept us focused on making real progress for the people of Ontario,” said Wynne. “I’m delighted that he’ll be taking on greater responsibilities on behalf of our province as Minister of Labour, where he will ensure all the men and women of Ontario have access to a good job and a bright fu-

ture. I look forward to working with him closely in this important role.” Naqvi said that while he is currently learning his various roles and responsibilities, he will continue to respond to the concerns of his constituents in Ottawa Centre. “I’m learning a lot about the ministry and what it does,” said Naqvi. “It’s a very dynamic ministry that ensures Ontario workers are kept safe and their workplaces healthy.” Naqvi hit the ground running in his new role, as on his first day back in Ottawa a demonstration was staged outside his Catherine Street constituency office by workers protesting the province’s Bill 119. The group of construction employers, who are planning a province-wide demonstration at Queen’s Park, are angry over the mandatory Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage demanded of independent operators and proprietors under the legislation. The bill went into effect on Jan. 1, and opponents are demanding the law be changed to allow a choice between private or provincial insurance.

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KID-SIZE ADVENTURES START HERE! School’s out for a week and across the city there are over 100 actionpacked March Break camps in sports, arts, water fun and more. Staff members are certiďŹ ed and strive to provide each child with a rewarding experience. A variety of affordable camps are offered that foster creativity, curiosity, independence, sharing, cooperation, participation, responsibility, leadership, team work, an active lifestyle and fun! Take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps. Try indoor soccer or have a blast in the pool. Our active camps specialize in skills and drills for all sorts of sports, to increase speed, precision and ďŹ tness level. Arts camps boost creativity, increase concentration and problemsolving skills, and develop artistic achievement. Star on stage in acting, singing and dance camps or get messy with clay, paints and glue. The Nepean Visual Arts Centre, the Nepean Creative Arts Centre and Shenkman Arts Centre deliver focused arts instruction in customised studio spaces by accomplished artists – painters, actors, ďŹ lmmakers, writers, photographers and musicians. If ďŹ nding activities close to home or work is your priority, try neighbourhood March Break camps with games, sports, arts and crafts and special events, offered across the city. For new skill development, check out the extra special camps in computer, magic or rock climbing.

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Lowertown residents anxious to learn the results of a study concerning the future of the ByWard Market will have to wait until the findings are released ahead of the planning committee meeting at which it will be discussed. No date has been set for that meeting.

City tight-lipped about ByWard Market study Visioning exercise withheld from steering committee, community and BIA board Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - Community members are eager to see what a visioning study has in store for the ByWard Market, but they are being locked out of the process. The study, which was conducted by New York-based consultants Project for Public Spaces, was jointly funded by the city and the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area. Instead of releasing the study the consultants completed in December, the city has decided to withhold it to work with the business group’s executive staff to make “tweaks� to the report. Jasna Jennings, executive director of the BIA, said the tweaks are mainly to fix up minor errors or misunderstandings on the part of the study team. For instance, Project for Public Spaces recommended the city increase the amount of funding it gives to the business group. But the group receives funds from a tax levy collected from business owners that are members and is not directly funded by the city. “We wanted to make sure nothing in there is skewed,� Jennings said. But community members see it another way. In most cases, studies commissioned by the city are released to the public in draft form for comments, which are then incorporated into city staff’s review of the report, which comes

with final recommendations to the committee of council that oversees the issue. In this case, the study won’t be available to the general public until it appears on the planning committee agenda with the staff report a week before the planning committee meets. “Secrecy is not good,� said Sylvie Grenier, who sits on the ByWard Market visioning exercise steering committee on behalf of the Lowertown Community Association. “Being open is always better.� In a column in the community association’s newsletter, the Lowertown Echo, Grenier wrote: “While the exact reasons for the secrecy are unknown, it would appear that city staff are selecting the recommendations they prefer before sharing the report.� After her request to view the report was refused, Grenier filed a more formal access to information request. Shortly afterwards, a city staffer called her on the phone and agreed to relay some of the information contained in the study. “This is unacceptable,� Grenier said. “This visioning was built on transparency and the whole reason we started the steering committee was to help sell the report to businesses and the community.� Jennings didn’t see anything unusual about waiting to release the study, since community members did not help pay for the study. She said the study is expected to be reviewed by the steering

committee, including Grenier, once senior city staff sign off on it. The total cost of the ByWard Market visioning exercise is $40,000, which the city and BIA split equally. Grenier and the rest of the steering committee (about 10 members) aren’t the only ones who haven’t seen the study. While the business group’s executive staff has read the report, the BIA’s board of directors has not seen the study. Even the business group’s staff faced delays in getting the report, Jennings said. It wasn’t a struggle to get the report, the issue was that the report was released just before Christmas and senior city staff had to sign off on it before it could be shared with the BIA, she said. Jennings didn’t receive the study until the very end of January. “It took a little bit longer than we expected,� she said. Community members who are up in arms over the study likely won’t find anything too earth-shattering in the report, anyway, Jennings said. “I don’t think anything is going to be very surprising,� she said. She declined to elaborate further or summarize anything in the report. The city refused to allow city planners to speak about the study, but provided a statement on behalf of policy development and urban design manager Lee Ann Snedden that said the study and report will be released together in advance of a planning committee meeting “in the coming months.� Media relations staff did not respond to a request for a more defined timeline.

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Residents on board with city’s vision for Liveable Ottawa Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metrolannd.com

EMC news - City hall was buzzing with ideas from more than 100 people who came out on Feb. 12 to discuss how to shape Ottawa’s future. It was residents’ first chance to get down into the details of the Liveable Ottawa initiative, a year-long project that will result in not only an update Official Plan, but also master plans for transportation, infrastructure, cycling and pedestrians. The exercise is a complex one, but most of the particpants showed up well informed after reading the reams of information posted on ottawa.ca/liveableottawa. People gathered in small groups during the Feb. 13 event for discussions about the impact of some of the city’s proposals. Here is a snapshot of three of those discussions: LAURA MUELLER/METROLAND

Canadian pride Ashbury College students Julia Davis on vocals and Michael Henley on piano performed the national anthem to kick off the Feb. 13 city council meeting. Davis, a Grade 12 student, has trained with Broadway’s best in New York and hopes to attend the University of Toronto’s theatre program next fall. Before that, she will play her final role as Fanny Brice in Ashbury’s production of Funny Girl. Henley, a Grade 11 student, studies with jazz pianist Mark Ferguson and trumpet player Craig Pedersen. He hopes to seek a bachelor’s degree in music.

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Planning committee chairman and Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume said changes to transportation policies are “the most provocative part” of the entire exercise. The ideas may be controversial – such as allowing traffic congestion in order to encourage people to use other forms of transportation – but the group discussing the topic on Feb. 13 supported the changes. One of the more confusing and potentially controversial aspects of the plan is to shift away from building roads to handle the absolute maximum amount of traffic expected in one peak hour of the day and towards a system that would spread out demand over a few hours. That would mean fewer road widenings and fewer new roads, reducing the pressure to construct roads by about 15 per cent. As participants tried to wrap their heads around that change, there was general agreement. Another major change would give transportation planners the framework they need to be able to build “complete streets,” something residents in the core have increasingly been calling for. The change would reduce the focus on building a road with the main intention of serving cars and instead prioritize the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and transit vehicles, said strategic transportation planning manager Kornel Mucsi. Phillipe Genest, a Centretown resident, said he sees the city’s light-rail line as a way to make it easier for people to live in the suburbs and commute to work downtown. He said he would rather see true intensification that encourages people to live where they work.

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Planning committee chairman and Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume listens as residents discuss the proposals to make Ottawa more ‘liveable’ in the future. The city is updating the master plans that will guide everything from how roads are built to how tall buildings can be. Musci said the policy changes are aimed at making it possible for people to do that in the suburbs as well, but having employment centres closer to where people live. INTENSIFICATION, TALL BUILDINGS

Ottawa’s definitions are way out of date when it comes to tall buildings, said city planner Trevor Illingworth. Illingworth led a discussion about how the city should approach one of the more controversial issues the city faces – where to put tall towers. The idea is to concentrate the tallest developments within close proximity to transit stations, Illingworth said. Pinecrest, South Keys/Greenboro and the Riverside South community core are areas the city intends to target for intensification. High-rise buildings would also be allowed in areas that have been specifically identified in community design plans. Where there is no design plan, the overarching Official Plan would define exactly where tall buildings would go: up to 19 storeys could be built near a rapid transit station, and buildings of up to nine storeys would be allowed in most other areas that don’t have a specific area plan. That’s all fine, the participants said – but it must be enforced. “Once you’ve decided on a limit, don’t offer any exceptions,” said Ron Rose of the Old Ottawa East Community Association. RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Rural residents engaged in one of the more passionate discussions during the Feb. 13 event. They argued that the city must encourage villages to develop with a mix of residential options that will provide the population needed to

support core services, so businesses will remain and new businesses will open up. Roddy Bolivar of the Carp Road Corridor Business Improvement Area said economic development is at top of mind for many rural residents – but it’s not emphasized in the city’s proposals for the updated Official Plan. “Creating sustainable growth and sustainable villages should be the focus,” Bolivar said. For instance, a concept like the combination of a yoga studio and tea shop in Carp is a modern invention that’s ideal for rural areas, but it is not captured by the city’s current business definitions. “More permissible zoning is a start, but it needs to come into a bigger picture,” he said. Anda Bruinsma of the Cumberland Village Community Association said it’s critical the city provides a clear picture of all the plans that will affect the villages, including transportation strategies, otherwise development will continue to be stalled. “No one is going to start a business if you’re going to put a highway through the town,” she said. “Our perception is the right and left hand aren’t talking to each other,” she added. Another participant, Kanata North resident Trevor Davies, said the city’s plan to make a temporary ban on countryestate lot subdivisions permanent is ill-advised. Hume popped into the session to advise Davies that concentrating development in rural villages rather than the countryside makes it easier to provide services and encourage businesses to open up. Between garbage pickup, transit and even school buses, country-estate lot subdivisions “become a very, very expensive way to promote development,” Hume said.


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Sometimes a little public consultation is all it takes

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he city made the right decision when it backed off a plan to establish a temporary parking lot on Lees Avenue near Springhurst Park. The existing greenspace at 160 Lees Ave. is used by a broad spectrum of residents, from those living in nearby apartment towers to dog owners taking their pets out for a walk to members of local rugby teams, playing a key recreational role in the

surrounding community. But that role has come under threat in recent months. As part of planning work associated with the construction of the city’s light rail line, the site was identified as both a construction staging area for the redevelopment of the Lees transit station and as overflow parking for staff at the University of Ottawa, who were themselves being displaced by LRT construction near the main campus. Upon learning about the

plans, the Old Ottawa East community stood firm in opposition and with the help of Capital Coun. David Chernushenko, convinced the city to back off not only its construction staging area plans, but to relocate the parking lot to a different site on Lees Avenue to boot. The exercise has shown how important public consultation is in the municipal democratic process. A great deal of the time, the city needs to tune out public out-

cry on controversial issues. When faced with a decision that affects a large number of residents, a narrow view will not create effective policy. The LRT system itself will ruffle feathers in certain neighbourhoods when the bulldozers arrive to carve a path through the city. Light rail, however, is something being constructed to serve hundreds of thousands of residents and to ensure sustainable growth of the city in the future. The city cannot

afford to bow to narrow interests. The placement of a parking lot, on the other hand, that will only serve a narrow constituency – in this case the university – is the exact type of decision where close consultation with local residents is required. It’s the sort of decision that requires careful consideration of all available options, because it will have a profound effect on this narrow constituency. At first, the city didn’t

do that. It looked at a map, saw a convenient location and proceeded with its plans. If it had involved the public from the beginning, discovered how important the greenspace was to area residents and investigated other options, a messy public relations exercise could have been avoided. In the end, the city did the right thing. We can only hope it learns from the experience and doesn’t make the same mistake again.

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The pause that refreshes CHARLES GORDON Funny Town

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was at the National Arts Centre recently to see Metamorphoses which was, like all NAC Theatre productions, strikingly staged. Even if the play doesn’t knock you out, its visual presentation is always going to be interesting. In this case, it was more interesting than usual because it was played mostly in the water – a kind of wading pool at the front part of the stage and a deep tank with transparent sides at the back. The actors were in and out of the water. Somebody even smoked a cigarette underwater, which is a trick I’m glad I never learned how to do. It was hard enough to quit. The presence of the water, including a kind of constant rain from above the stage, prompted a mildly critical comment in a largely favourable review from the Globe and Mail: “A constant rain of water tumbling down on the upper level of the set is one misjudgment; its aesthetic value is cancelled out by the damage it wreaks acoustically and the suggestions it sends to bladders in the audience (particularly since there’s no intermission).� Actually, the play is only an hour and 20 minutes long, so the lack of an intermission was unlikely to produce a crisis. But the comment did get me to ponder what seems to be a general trend in our theatres to eliminate intermission whenever possible. Some of this may have to do with a trend to shorter plays and concerts: it seems silly to stop an hour-long play in the middle. But for longer plays, or even movies – I remember visiting the snack bar in the middle of Ben Hur and Spartacus, and I’m sure Gone With

the Wind had an intermission – eliminating the intermission takes away what seems to be an important part of the theatre-going experience. That’s the part where the theatre-goers stretch their legs, wander the lobby and discuss what they’ve seen and what might happen next. They bump into people they know and ask how they’re enjoying it so far. Maybe they have an argument. Maybe they pick up on something they missed. Why was the tall guy so angry? Oh, so he was her former husband. However the discussion goes, it helps them to focus on what they have seen and are about to see. Theatre-going, concert-going and movie-going are not supposed to be solitary experiences. They should be social, with people sharing ideas and enthusiasms. That doesn’t happen if they just walk in, sit in their seats for the performance and head for their cars as soon as the event is over. This is recognized at many concerts, where part of the fun is chatting about the music at half-time. And it is true of professional sports. In both cases, there is the added benefit of lightening the wallets of the hungry and thirsty. But theatre is different. As the parent of actors, I know the reasoning: The director and cast have worked hard to establish a mood, to involve the audience so completely that they forget they are sitting in a theatre; when the curtain goes down at intermission, the spell is broken and has to be re-established all over again when the curtain goes up. That’s a persuasive argument. Mind you, a hockey player could argue the same thing – “We really had it going and then the buzzer went and when the next period started we lost our momentum and everything changed.� Hockey players have learned to live it. True, it’s a bit more difficult for actors, who have to stick to a script and can’t just go and punch somebody to get the momentum going again. But they should be able, after intermission, to take consolation in the notion that the audience is fresh and not restless and maybe better able to understand why the tall guy was so angry.

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Capital Muse another, ripping stuff is fun. (Just ask any preschooler). But if the point of enhancing creativity is to trigger one to create something, I’m not sure the board has done its job. According to my vision, I’d like to eat penne salad with feta, live in a log cabin and own a red purse. There’s also a really neat cocktail recipe pinned to the side, but I chalk that up to a recent dry spell on the alcohol front. Although I have this pretty collage up on my office wall, it has failed in its purpose to help me initiate something different in my life. See, the thing about vision boards is that they’re kind of fluffy. But without some kind of action plan associated with it, the vision board will exist as a pretty piece of wall art. A blog by Dr. Neil Farber on the Psychology Today website helped me realize what I really need is an action board, something that has a few clearly defined goals with measurable targets along the way. While pop psychology tells us if we think optimistically about things long enough they will happen, Farber says this is tripe. He cites at least one study that suggests the opposite. In the study, a group of students

were divided – one group was asked to study for the upcoming standardized tests while imagining a really great outcome. A second group was asked to visualize where and how they would study. The third group was asked to study while at the same time thinking about how they would avoid failing. The second group performed best on the tests. Why? They mapped out what they had to do to achieve their goals – as a result, they studied harder and were ultimately better prepared. If it’s my goal to have my “best body” as the vision board suggests, it’s not enough to paste pictures around the house of skinny and muscular women. I have to map out precisely what I’m going to do to achieve that goal. Perhaps more importantly, I have to include hurdles in that map – things that will get in the way of my goal – and think about ways I will overcome those challenges. I’m not going to throw out the vision board just yet. If nothing else, it’s helped me get a sense of my decorating style. But I have discounted its ability to trigger anything on the creative front, with the exception, perhaps, of this column.

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s a writer, I’m naturally drawn to exercises that seek to enhance creativity. I’ve tried various one-minute meditations. (They often turn into half-hour naps). I’ve reorganized my work space so I’m standing up or looking out the window (for hours). I’ve called my grandmother to ask her stories about her childhood. (I really should write a book about Granny). In other words, I’m quite good at procrastinating. Recently, however, I was looking less for something to get me over a bout of writer’s block than I was something to get me over a sort of life-encompassing creativity slump. (Let’s call it the February blahs). So I decided to create a vision board. For those who don’t know, a vision board is a postersized collage of images and words one has ripped out of consumer magazines. The idea is to flip through pages of old magazines and tear out anything that instinctively appeals to you. If there’s even a niggling doubt, you leave the page intact. But if your gut says yes, stick it on your poster. According to proponents of vision boards, the exercise is meant to help you better understand the direction in which you’d like to take your life. And of course, it should make you feel more innovative and action-oriented. Admittedly, I had great fun doing this exercise. For one thing, it gave me something to do other than meet an imminent writing deadline. For

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“The good news is the city and the university have come to a tentative agreement on a different location,” Chernushenko said. The new plan, which still needs approval from the university’s board of directors, would put around 150 permanent parking spaces on a slice of city land adjacent to the university’s 200 Lees Ave. campus. The councillor credited the community outcry for prompting the change. “It was very clear, they made their case very strongly and very effectively, my office worked hard and city staff, and I’m sure the University of Ottawa people did, as well, to find a creative solution, which, in the end, will be better for everyone. “This tentative resolution says, if you try hard enough, you can find a better solution,” Chernushenko said. “We’re really happy that they did listen to the community,” said John Dance, president of the Old Ottawa East Community Association. He thanked Chernushenko, Mayor Jim Watson, city staff and the university for their cooperation on the issue. The triangular site at 193 Lees Ave., bounded by Lees

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cost more than building a temporary lot at 160 Lees, which was vaguely estimated at $2 million, not to mention tearing it down and rehabilitating the land. City staff said the university’s legal team is also looking into whether the university staff could be given delegated authority to sign off on the change without the need for a university board vote. The plan already has support from university staff and the Chernushenko said he was confident it will gain the university’s support. A spokesman for the University of Ottawa, Patrick Charette, declined to discuss the details of the new proposal, but he acknowledged the university and the city have been working as partners to come up with a solution to the impact of the city’s need to expropriate the university’s parking lot. Charette wouldn’t comment on details of the new proposal or why this arrangement hadn’t been considered in the first place. He said the idea to build a parking lot at 160 Lees came from the city, not the university, as a way to compensate uOttawa for loss of parking as dictated in a memorandum of understanding between the city and university.

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Nepean teen wows mayor with rail proposal Thirteen-year-old designs his own transit systems and has built dozens of models Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - Ottawa has received a lot of advice on what its future light-rail system should look like, but never from a teenager â&#x20AC;&#x201C; until now. Thirteen-year-old Nepean resident Michael Bailey showed off his vision for â&#x20AC;&#x153;MB Railâ&#x20AC;? to Mayor Jim Watson on Feb. 15 at city hall. The Grade 8 Alta Vista Public School student has been obsessed with wheels â&#x20AC;&#x153;since birth,â&#x20AC;? said his mother, Joan Bailey. In the past couple of years Michael has built dozens of paper models of bus and rail transit systems from across the globe, but he recently turned his attention to creating his own transit systems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said to myself, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;why am I making merchandise for transit systems when I can just create my own?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Michael said.

He is curious about how people move around, but transit in particular interests him because it can help solve trafďŹ c congestion problems. Michael came to city hall hoping to sell his idea for an east-west and north-south dual rail line to the mayor and Matt Eason of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rail implementation ofďŹ ce, but Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother simply hoped the meeting would inspire him to work towards an education in engineering after his high-school career at Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School starting next year. By that time, Michael will be able to hop on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Confederation Line, a lightrail system that will connect Tunneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pasture to Blair Station and include an underground tunnel in the downtown portion. Until then, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to settle for twice-weekly journeys around the city on various buses and the O-Train. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite sum-

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Thirteen-year-old Nepean resident Michael Bailey impressed Mayor Jim Watson with his model light-rail system, dubbed the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;MB Line,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; at city hall on Feb. 15. mer activity, his mother said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just get on and say (to the driver), â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a destination, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get off,â&#x20AC;? Joan Bailey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The driv-

ers have been so good to us.â&#x20AC;? Michael prefers the rare buses, such as the one remaining old chrome Flyer thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still on the streets, or the three early edition double-

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EMC news - Few things stir emotion better than wellwritten, well-shot documentary films, something the Ottawa Riverkeeper believes can also stir interest in conservation. The Westboro-based group, dedicated to protecting and promoting the ecology of the Ottawa River Watershed, will be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Library and Archives Canada on Feb. 21. Originating in California, this will be the first time the festival has come to Ottawa. A total of seven films have been selected for screening based on their content, cinematography and storytelling. “This is more than a film festival – it is an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate nature and what can come from working together,” said Ottawa Riverkeeper executive director Meredith Brown. The films to be screened are as diverse as the ecology depicted within them, and each have a focus on freshwater. White Water, Black Gold delves into the environmental impact of the Athabaska oil sands, while films like The Craziest Idea and Weed War depict examples of positive outcomes from human intervention. The content of the films have a bearing on the Ottawa River, explained Brown, as the challenges and issues they

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The Ottawa Riverkeeper hopes to increase awareness of the importance of watershed conservation through the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an event the group will host at the Library and Archives Canada on Feb. 21. explore are also being felt throughout the Ottawa River watershed. Damming, invasive species and pollution are all issues the members of Ottawa Riverkeeper are trying to mitigate. “These award-winning films are a powerful way to remind us that our wild and scenic spaces are valuable, fragile and threatened, but through individual and col-

lective action we can protect them,” said Brown. “Our own wild and scenic Ottawa River means a great many things to a great many people, and I hope the festival inspires our audience to protect it.” Festival-goers have the opportunity to win prizes donated from supportive businesses while enjoying beverages provided by Mill Street Brewery and Sugarbush Vineyards. Proceeds will go to-

wards Ottawa Riverkeeper’s many initiatives, including the purchase of water quality testing kits for its volunteerdriven Riverwatch Program. Tickets can be purchased online at ottawariverkeeper. ca or in person at Mountain Equipment Co-op or Trailhead. A full list of the festival’s films is also available on the Ottawa Riverkeeper’s website.

EMC news - Though not nearly as advanced as the Carling-Preston community design plan, work on visions for the Bayview and Gladstone neighbourhoods is moving ahead. Though these are now separate projects with their own individual timelines, all three started life in 2005 as part of the Carling-Bayview light rail transit corridor community design plan. Shakeups in the city’s masstransit plans meant the project was shelved for several years before being reactivated in 2010 following the approval of the city’s transportation master plan. The large size of the study area and the sudden development pressure mounting on the area surrounding the southern part of Preston Street led the city to split the project into three separate areas of focus. The Preston-Carling area, being under the most pressure, needed its community design plan expedited, though work continues in the others. At the Feb. 5 meeting where the George Dark development plan was unveiled, city planner Taavi Siitam outlined the status of both the Bayview and Gladstone plans.

Bayview is the second most advanced plan, explained Siitam, aided by a consultant hired by the city late last year to work out the policy and rezoning issues. “We want to make sure anything that happens with that (plan) corresponds with a vision we had conceptualized previously,” said Siitam. The Bayview plan differs from the others in that the site is currently consists mostly of empty brownfields that would have to be planned from the ground up. A section of the site containing the old public works building has recently been sectioned off for the construction of an innovation complex. A public meeting featuring proposal ideas and related policies and rezonings is expected to be held March 5. The Gladstone district, which is facing the least development pressure, is currently being looked at by a public advisory and technical advisory committee. “By late spring or early summer we want a concept plan and will get feedback on that,” said Siitam. “By the fall we’ll be where we are now with the Bayview site.” The final public open house for the Gladstone district plan will likely be held in November of this year, he said.

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EMC news - Some Liberal supporters waited over an hour to get a chance to see Liberal MP Justin Trudeau at an OrlĂŠans pub on Feb. 11. Trudeau, who is campaigning for leadership of the federal Liberal party, was at Darcy McGeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Centrum Boulevard to meet and speak with attendees. The venue quickly filled up, with people waiting in the lobby to get access to the pub. Trevor Padbury, 20, waited over half an hour to get into the section of the pub that Trudeau wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in, and even longer to see the Quebec MP said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not everyday I get to meet the future prime minister,â&#x20AC;? Padbury, a Liberal supporter. Padbury said he has also attended campaign events for

Ottawa-OrlĂŠans Liberal candidate David Bertschi, but felt he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the same momentum behind him. When asked about campaigning in a riding where the local candidate was also campaigning for federal leadership, Trudeau said they were both encouraging Liberal votes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have nine very strong candidates who are reaching out and drawing people in right across the country, and every single person each one of us brings in is for the entire Liberal party,â&#x20AC;? Trudeau said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been working this riding very hard, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad to be able to work it hard as well and I will keep moving on and he will keep moving on and we will keep bringing together more strength.â&#x20AC;? Trudeau talked about his main campaign points to those

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EMC news - The Royal Canadian Legion announced the winners of its 2012 Remembrance Day poetry, essay and poster contest during a ceremony at the Eastview branch on Feb. 9. The Vanier legion handed out awards to local students in the black and white poster, coloured poster, essay and poem categories in four age groups: senior, intermediate, junior and primary. According to the members of the executive who reviewed the entries, deciding on the winners was incredibly difficult and in some cases came down to one tenth of a point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The judges were all veterans,â&#x20AC;? said Rick Major, youth committee chairman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They chose from the heart.â&#x20AC;? Colonel By Secondary School student Bo Yu Huang accepted three awards, the black and white poster, coloured poster and essay categories. She said she decided to participate because she felt it was important. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really understand what Remembrance Day was and why it was important,â&#x20AC;? Huang said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My essay was about learning the importance - I learned that it is not just about one person, because some of us may not know someone who was in the war. I wrote that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to remember what our soldiers did for our country.â&#x20AC;? Shawn Taillon, the Ottawa district youth education officer, said Huangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attitude

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Colonel By Secondary School student, Bo Yu Huang accepts three awards in the black and white poster, coloured poster and essay categories at the Eastview Legionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awards ceremony on Feb. 9. is exactly what the legion hopes to foster through its annual contests. He added the legion was pleased to see so many families, teachers and students in attendance at the ceremony. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We appreciate all the support for what we are doing with this contest.â&#x20AC;? Participation from Ottawa students has increased for the contests, but Taillon said the legion would always like to see more and more students take part in the contest and encouraged any eager students to sign up next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The winners receive a monetary award too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and that is for you to keep â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not for your parents,â&#x20AC;? he said. Last year, the Eastview district had 1,500 entries and

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ful.â&#x20AC;? All the contest winners will have their work displayed in their schools as well as on the legionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main website, www. legion.ca. Eastview branch winners include: â&#x20AC;˘ Bo Yu Huang, Colonel By Secondary School, third place senior essay, first place in the senior coloured poster and first place in the senior black and white poster categories; â&#x20AC;˘ Emma Marie Crisante, Henry Munro Middle School, first place in the intermediate coloured poster category; â&#x20AC;˘ Beatrice Goyette, Saint Clement Academy, first place in the intermediate black and white poster category; â&#x20AC;˘ Sameer Faroogi Hassan, Henry Munro Middle School, first place in or the junior black and white poster category; â&#x20AC;˘ Daniela Amaya Vrias, John Paul II, second place in the junior black and white poster category; â&#x20AC;˘ Brigid MacNeil, John Paul II, third place for the junior black and white poster category; â&#x20AC;˘ Kanaln Ahmed Bux, Henry Munro Middle School, first place in the junior coloured poster category; â&#x20AC;˘ Max Stewart, John Paul II, second place in the junior coloured poster category; â&#x20AC;˘ Tristan Kitchen-Quintin, Henry Munro Middle School, third prize in the junior coloured poster category; â&#x20AC;˘ Darsii Kavanaugh, Assumption Catholic School, first place in the primary coloured poster category; â&#x20AC;˘ Matthew Bond, Assumption Catholic School, second place in the primary coloured poster category; â&#x20AC;˘ Mikhayla Beaudette, Assumption Catholic School, third place in the primary coloured poster category.

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Hogsback Brewing Company employees Darren Stevens, left, Dan Webster, Steve Morrier, Paige Cutland, Pork of Yore owner Gary MacDonell and Heart & Crown employee Karla Hobbs are seen at the launch of Hogsbackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aporkalypse Now Oatmeal Bacon Stout on Feb. 8.

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EMC news â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Hogsback Brewing Company has become an established player in the Ottawa beer scene since forming in 2010, which might explain the co-ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recent adventurousness when it comes to their latest offering. Many beer drinkers have long wished they could mix their favourite food into their favourite brew, but in the case of Hogsback, that wishing turned into reality. Enter Hogsback Aporkalypse Now oatmeal bacon stout, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst limited production seasonal beer, released at a party held at the Heart & Crown on Preston Street last Friday. As far as Hogsback owners Paige Cutland, Jerry Demetriadis, Mark Richardson and

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tends this to be a limited run beer available only for the next month in Ottawa and Toronto. To make the product, a total of 13 kilograms of bacon (precooked) is fried, has its fat removed, then is suspended in the vat of beer in what sounds like a giant tea bag-like contraption. The bacon that gives the beer its subtle, smoky ďŹ&#x201A;avour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and signiďŹ cant bragging rights â&#x20AC;&#x201C; was sourced from a husband-and-wife organic pig farm near Douglas, Ont. Gary and Ida MacDonell run Pork of Yore, a free-range farm raising Tamworth and Berkshire pigs, which are relatively rare outside of Britain. The MacDonellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made the snowy drive from Douglas to attend the launch, bringing with them samples of their smoked garlic pork sausages to go with the samples of stout. The pairing, as it turns out, is a near-ideal combina-

tion. Gary recalls being approached by the guys from Hogsback and was surprised to learn their intentions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we learned more about them we were pretty honoured,â&#x20AC;? said Gary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We market about 100 to 120 pigs a year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very small, outdoor operation.â&#x20AC;? Asked if he ever thought heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be consuming his farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s product in a glass, Gary, holding a pint of the brew, shook his head. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like it,â&#x20AC;? he stated, adding they will be serving it along side pulled pork on a bun at this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WinterBrewed festival on Sparks Street. Anyone wanting to get their taste buds acquainted with the Aporkalypse Now oatmeal bacon stout had better act fast before kegs run dry on the limited supply. The beer is available only at select locations, among them the Preston Heart & Crown. h^cXZ&.-+

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The Conservative government has failed to address the real problem, which is the lack of available jobs. !SOF/CTOBER THEREWEREJOBSEEKERSFOR every job. Young people are the most vulnerable, with the unemployment rate hovering at 14.1% for Canadian between the ages of 15-24. My colleagues and I believe that that these changes to Employment Insurance are mean spirited and wrong. Employment Insurance is paid for by workers and employers. The government is denying beneďŹ ts to workers that paid for them in good faith. New Democrats will continue to oppose these changes and will press the government to work with the provinces, labour and business community to develop a long term job creation strategy, instead of treating the unemployed as the problem. R0011923638

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Ottawa to become first to designate ‘modern’ heritage Clutch of homes in mid-century neighbourhood to be protected Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - Ottawa will be home to one of the first “modern” heritage districts in Canada. After studying the Briarcliffe neighbourhood since 2010, city heritage staff determined that the area, which features Jetson’s-like midcentury-modernist homes, is worthy of a formal designation that comes with increased protection for the area’s architecture. The neighbourhood was created as a co-op for scientists working at the nearby National Research Council in the 1960s. The clutch of 23 homes in a rocky area along the Ottawa River sprung up as the “young, fresh minds” who came to work at the NRC were looking for a space to live in harmony with the land – a modernist ideal, said Natalie Whidden, one of the Carleton University students involved in a 2010 study that informed the heritage designation project. “If Don Draper wanted to live in Ottawa, this is where he would live,” joked Whidden, referring to the iconic character from the stylized TV

program Mad Men, set in the 1960s. The push to designate the area picked up in earnest in December of 2011, when city council approved a bylaw preventing any alterations to or demolitions of buildings in Briarcliffe during the one-year heritage study. That move came just before a resident of the neighbourhood, Seema Narula Aurora, got the planning committee’s support for part of a plan to renovate her home and add a large garage for a boat. But an outcry from heritage conservation advocates led council to rethink the decision and put a stop on any changes to buildings in the area until a decision on the heritage district had been made. That home is the Duncan House (19 Kindle Crt.) – one of the most significant houses in the potential district, according to a city staff report. The house was built in 1966 and named for Thaddeus Duncan, one of the original four members of the Briarcliffe co-op. It was designed by Paul Schoeler and is considered an “excellent example of midcentury modern residential architecture in Ottawa,” that was trendy during the post-war pe-

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The unique modernist style of the homes in Briarcliffe, part of Rothwell Heights, will be recognized as possibly the first heritage district in Canada that protects a mid-century neighbourhood. riod, according to the report. Tim Tierney, city councillor for the ward, has said the issue is one of the most challenging he has dealt with since being elected in 2010. He told fellow councillors

that he received a “barrage” of emails the day before the council vote on 19 Kindle Crt., but in his opinion, addressing those concerns is the whole point of studying the heritage district.

Another east-end councillor, Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess, commented last year that moving forward with the designation meant councillors were being “sucked into the sham” going on in the heritage

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Vanier to release new survey to community Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - As Vanier continues to grow, the partners in Together for Vanier are looking for feedback from residents to better focus the group’s work in the community. Together for Vanier was launched in 2007 as a crime prevention project for the neighbourhood, which at the time was plagued by drug, crime and prostitution problems. Crime Prevention Ottawa, the Vanier Community Service Centre, Ottawa police and residents partnered to tackle the issues faced by residents in the area. A survey of residents was the first interaction between Together for Vanier and the community, from which the Vanier Community Association and the Vanier Beautification committee were formed. Now, six years later, a very different Vanier is continuing its evolution, prompting Together for Vanier to check in with residents once again. “We are years down the road and we decided it was time to hear how the community feels

about crime prevention in Vanier,” said Stefan Cherry, the Vanier Community Service Centre’s liaison officer. Cherry announced on Feb. 12 that a new survey would be distributed to area residents. The 2013 survey will have the same crime-based questions as in 2007, but there will also be new questions about beautification and commerce. “We want to know what kind of businesses people would like to see in Vanier,” Cherry said. The group will share the results with Quartier Vanier Merchants Association. “We really hope we can get high participation,” Cherry said. The survey is confidential, but respondents will have to have a K1L postal code to take part. It will be available at the service centre and at some local businesses in Vanier. It will also be available in the community’s local bilingual paper, Perspectives Vanier, and will be distributed electronically by the Vanier Beautification and Vanier Community Association and online at ensemblepourvanier.com.

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Feeding the hungry City councillors and the mayor showed men at the Ottawa Mission some love by buying and serving lunch on Valentine’s Day. Here, Mayor Jim Watson pours juice for Colin M., who lives nearby and eats at the Sandy Hill shelter. The annual event was organized by Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli on behalf of the 19 councillors and the mayor, who covered the cost and helped serve the Valentine’s Day-themed lunch. The Ottawa Mission serves an average of 1,240 meals and provides a warm place to sleep for 235 people.

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Economy grows as incomes lag for bottom 90 per cent Reports show richest 1 per cent significantly outpacing earnings of other workers Derek Dunn derek.dunn@metroland.com

EMC news – The federal government continues to trumpet Canada’s growing economy even as two more reports point to growing inequality and poverty. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and other Conservatives have said for years that Canada’s economy is doing relatively well. They point to the growing gross domestic product (GDP) as proof. But the GDP benefits investors more than working people. They point to an unemployment rate hovering just more than seven per cent. But many jobs created since the 2008 financial collapse are not the good-paying, union jobs in manufacturing; more and more jobs created today are in the low-paying service industry. It has created a startling income gap examined in reports by two national think tanks. The right-wing leaning Conference Board of Canada issued a report card saying the country’s potential and reputation are falling when it comes to societal issues like inequality and poverty. It gave Canada a “B” – good for a seventh place ranking out of 17 developed countries, a middle-of-thepack ranking that leaves room for improvement. Social democracies such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland top the rankings; countries with lax financial regulations - Japan and the U.S. – got a “D” ranking. Inequality – both income and gender - was the primary reason for Canada’s ranking, according to the report. The top 10 per cent have enjoyed a 34 per cent rise in income

over the last 30 years (about the time trickledown economics was introduced), while the bottom 10 per cent have seen their earnings rise just 11 per cent, according to the report. The report’s author, Brenda Lafleur, is concerned about inequality in education most of all. “Better education is a powerful way to achieve growth that benefits all,” Lafleur said. “It is very hard for the child of poor parents to do well (if costs continue to escalate).” WORST POVERTY RATE

Canada has the dubious distinction of having the highest poverty rate among the 17 countries the report looked at. The child poverty rate is 15.1 per cent, up from 12.8 per cent in the mid-1990s. Only the U.S. ranked lower. Working-age poverty is 11.1 per cent, up from 9.4 per cent in the late 1990s, good for a tie with the U.S. and Japan. The Conference Board said without government benefits and taxes, poverty rates would jump to 23 per cent, compared to the current 12. Lafleur said Canadians self-identify as a compassionate country, but only because they compare the country with the U.S. Of the positives for Canada, acceptance of diversity, life satisfaction, and lower rates in homicides and burglaries were better than most of the other 17 countries. RICH GETTING RICHER

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) did an analysis of recent Statistics Canada data that showed the income gap between the richest 1 per cent

and the rest of Canadians continues to grow. The rich take in almost $180,000 more today than 30 years ago (adjusted for inflation). The bottom 90 per cent saw income gains of just $1,700. Usually the presumption is that rural folks are worse off than those in cities. But when it comes to the countries three largest cities, the bottom 90 per cent actually make less today than in 1982. They’ve seen drops of between $224 and $4,300. The top one per cent have seen gains between $162,000 and $297,000, according to the left-leaning think tank. CCPA senior economist David Macdonald is concerned that workers may begin to lose faith in the unwritten social contract. “If the bottom 90 per cent are not sharing in prosperity, then you have reached a crisis,” Macdonald said. “You begin to ask if the system is fair. That idea that if you work hard, can you still get ahead?” He said the top one per cent in Ottawa made an average $237,000 in 1982. Today it’s $394,000, an increase of 67 per cent. The bottom 90 per cent saw an increase from $32,000 to $37,000 or a 14 per cent trickle up. Macdonald said one of the solutions is to tax the top one or two per cent more. Critics say they are the job creators and will simply move elsewhere if taxes become too burdensome. Macdonald doubts that will happen. There are still ultra rich living in heavily-taxed jurisdictions like the Nordic countries. The rich were taxed at much higher rates in Canada, too, between the 1930s and 1970s. That’s when the middle class was strongest. “They can afford to give a little more,” he said.

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merson wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happy. He was grumpy since he got home from school on Friday and Mother announced that Saturday he would be donning an apron. Mother was high on equality of the sexes back in the days when it had yet to become a popular topic, so once a month, the brothers were in the house to do chores and my sister Audrey and I were sent to the barns. I loved the day we were with Father in the cow byre and the stable, even though he did all the heaviest chores himself. Mother thought any child, male or female, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t amount to a hill of beans unless they knew how to scrub floors, churn butter, put a meal on the table and if need be, bake a batch of bread. She drew the line, however, at teaching the brothers to sew after Emerson, who was allowed to use the old Singer Sewing machine once just to see how it worked sewed the legs closed on Everettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long underwear. Mother made him sit that night at the kitchen table and pick out every last stitch with a darning needle! So that Saturday, bright and early, my three brothers, Everett, Emerson and Earl, were given their lists â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mother was also high on

An Updated Plan for Vanier On February 6th, the City held an open house at the Centre Francophone de Vanier to present a new project that will be taking place in our community. For the first time since amalgamation, the Official Plan and Zoning By-law for our area will be reviewed. The Official Plan is a high level policy document that guides how the city should be developed, by defining the types of uses and types of building that are appropriate throughout the community. In the former City of Vanier, there were a number of policy directives for the downtown area that may no longer be relevant and the goal of this process is to fix the portions that have become out of date. The zoning for the area is also being reviewed as part of this process. The Zoning By-Law is a much more specific policy that applies to each individual property. It provides details on building height and uses that are allowed on each individual property. A primary goal of this process is to improve the walkability of Vanier. Montreal Road is designated as a Traditional Mainstreet, which encourages 4-6 storey buildings that are mixed-use (commercial on the ground floor and residential or office use above). The current zoning promotes â&#x20AC;&#x153;big boxâ&#x20AC;? commercial, which is unfavourable to walkability in the area and is out of date with the vision that we have for our community.

MARY COOK Mary Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memories lists too. On went the long white pinnies. Emerson hated them almost as much as he hated house chores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the guys at school ever saw me in one of these, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be a goner,â&#x20AC;? he growled. He glared at me â&#x20AC;&#x153;and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you ever, and I mean ever, tell a soul,â&#x20AC;? he snarled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;or you will pay dearly.â&#x20AC;? Suddenly, as if someone had lit a candle over my head, I realized this little bit of knowledge might come in handy down the road. I just might be able to use it to my advantage. So began a tug-o-war so to speak. When Emerson aggravated me, which was too often to suit me, I would threaten to tell everyone at Northcote School what Emerson looked like in a long white pinnie. I even went as far as to draw a stick lad, wearing an apron and printed Emersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name under it. I kept it in my primer book reader at the ready and made sure Emerson knew it was there.

Emersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teasing came to an abrupt halt, I can tell you. I finally had him where I wanted him. I took my sister Audrey into my confidence and even showed her the drawing of the stick lad. At that stage in her life, Audrey was high on religion. She thought what I was doing could be classified as a sin. I mulled over this bit of information and I certainly didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to bring on the wrath of God, but for the life of me I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand for a minute why God would care about a scrap of paper with a stick drawing on it which was supposed to be my brother Emerson. Well, the whole idea of using it to expose Emerson at Northcote School wearing a pinnie came to a crashing end not more than a week after I threatened to expose him. It all happened when Three Mile Herman came to school mad as a hatter. Now, Three Mile Hermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother and my mother belonged

to the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute together and it seems they got to talking about their families. Three Mile Herman said his mother was told by our mother her idea of switching chores between the sons and daughters and it was good training and made perfect sense if they were ever going to amount to a hill of beans. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all she needed to hear. Mother had earned great respect in the Northcote area since everyone knew she had come from New York and therefore must be up on all the latest trends and ideas. So before he could say â&#x20AC;&#x153;jackrabbit,â&#x20AC;? Three Mile Herman was in an apron doing house chores. Unlike Emerson, he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care who knew it. That didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean he liked either the pinnie or doing house chores, but he like to talk and he liked an audience, so soon everyone at the Northcote School knew about our brothers and the boys in Three Mile Hermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family doing house chores. Well, that took the sting off for Emerson. There was someone else at Northcote School in the same kettle of fish as he as. I had to tear up the picture I drew and kept in my primer book reader, and Emerson was back to making my life miserable.

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EMC news - A program aimed at teaching girls the value of fitness, health and mental well-being has expanded to Ottawa’s south end. Girls on the Run is a charity based in Toronto, but this year the organization expanded its reach to Ottawa with two locations, first in Manor Park in the east end and now a new location in the Hunt Club neighbourhood at the Flavour Factory Dance Studio. The 10-week program consists of teaching participants in grades 3-5 how to run a five kilometre race, as well as tackle

tough issues girls face today at home, in the classroom and in the schoolyard. “We are thrilled to bring the Girls on the Run to Ottawa,” said Rina De Donato, chief executive for the organization. “We are keen to see the program expand across the city.” Aside from learning to run, topics in the curriculum include gossip, bullying, eating disorders, substance abuse and community responsibility. “It’s essential, from a young age, for girls to not only build a strong self-esteem but also understand how they can maintain it as they travel through life,” De Do-

nato said. The goal for the organization is to help raise money to support positive physical, mental, emotional and social skills for girls. The program at the Hunt Club location will run every Sunday starting on April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. A registration fee of $139 applies to this program, with all proceeds going towards the charity. As it’s the first year for the expansion in Ottawa, girls from the Manor Park program and the Hunt Club one will run in another charity run, Emilie’s Run on June 22. To register for the program, visit www.girlsontherun.ca.

EMC lifestyle - Beef is a powerhouse of essential nutrients. It’s naturally rich in muscle-building protein and a rich source of iron for energy. Zinc helps us fight off infections while beef’s rich vitamin B12 content helps keep our brains in shape at any age. Vitamin D helps build strong teeth and bones and potassium helps protect bones from osteoporosis. This delicious and hearty family meal is perfect for a stay-at-home day. Corned beef brisket is gently simmered with spices and herbs then vegetables are added to the pot to cook. Everything is transferred to a roasting pan and the corned beef, carrots and rutabaga are brushed with a maple syrup and mustard

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City finalizes rural village land-use changes Updates to Manotick’s plan to come later this year Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - The city is putting teeth behind its new community design plans and secondary plans for rural villages. On Feb. 7, the city’s agriculture and rural affairs committee approved zoning rules that will enable the city to enforce those new policies. The changes arose from last year’s rural review, which outlined policies aimed at supporting appropriate economic development in villages and encouraging growth

and redevelopment in village cores, rather than spread throughout the countryside. While Manotick’s community design plan process is set to kick off later this year, plans for Carp and Constance Bay were completed last year and the city also outlined amendments to general policies for land use in rural wards. The villages covered by the new consolidated villages secondary plan are: Ashton, Burritt’s Rapids, Carlsbad Springs, Cumberland, Dunrobin, Fitzroy Harbour, Galetta, Kars, Kenmore, Kin-

burn, Marionville, Metcalfe, Munster, Navan, Notre Dame des Champs, Osgoode, Sarsfield, Vars and Vernon. The terminology in the plan brings the description of land uses up to date to reflect existing uses. Most of the changes involve changing zoning from village mixed-use, which includes a commercial component, to village residential, or vice versa, depending on what types of buildings currently exist on the affected properties. There are also some changes to encourage people

to establish home-based businesses. In certain areas along busier roads and in village cores, the number of non-resident employees at a homebased business has been increased from one to two and the business can now take up to 45 per cent of the area of the home (75 square metres). Other changes encourage residential care facilities for seniors to be located close to village cores to ensure close proximity to services and public transportation. The changes are meant to reduce the need for one-off minor variances and rezonings that result in a piecemeal approach to rural development. Village plans for North

Gower and Richmond are not affected by the new consolidated plan because they were completed within the last five years and are up-to-date. Greely’s plan was reviewed, but didn’t require any changes, Ruddy said. There are some zoning changes that affect all 26 villages, including Manotick, North Gower, Richmond and Greely. Klaus Beltzner, president of the Manotick Village and Community Association, had hoped to convince councillors to amend the report to include context about the status of reviews of Manotick’s plans, but the best he got was city planning manager John Moser declaring on the record

that the review is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2013. A minor zoning issue in Carp Hills was identified during the meeting, when property owner and developer Doug Rivington told the committee he recently discovered that a zoning anomaly treats a field in the corner of his land as an environmental protection area. Ruddy examined the zoning map and came to the conclusion that the environmental area’s boundary was mistakenly drawn through the Carp Hills land and agreed to take a closer look at the issue to see if the property’s zoning needs to be amended to allow development in that spot.

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Chapel Hill residents reject proposal for new townhouses Brier Dodge brier.dodge@metroland.com

EMC news - Chapel Hill residents strongly opposed a proposed zoning change and development at 5911 Meadowglen Dr. that would see 54 townhomes built on the former Roger Bergeron and Son produce site. The turnout on Feb. 13 at the OrlĂŠans library was so high that residents had to leave with the promise of a second public meeting to be held in a larger facility. The major concern was the type of housing â&#x20AC;&#x201C;higher density stacked townhomes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; would not ďŹ t with the current single family detached homes nearby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not saying no, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying as it now, is itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incompatible,â&#x20AC;? said AndrĂŠ Thivierge, who is on an ad hoc residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; committee, because the area does not have a community association to represent it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge contrast; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two planets. We want a development that is comfortable ďŹ tting with the community.â&#x20AC;?

There are currently townhouses across the street from the property on OrlĂŠans Boulevard, but residents argued their density is lower than what has been proposed by Domicile, the developer, for the Meadowglen site. The proposed townhomes would consist of six buildings with eight units each, and one building with six units. And residents are concerned that the contrasting townhomes at the entrance to the community will bring down the house prices for their single-family homes. The entrance to the proposed townhomes would be located on Meadowglen Drive, with the homes backing onto La Chapelle Street. They are also bordered by OrlĂŠans Boulevard. In the development proposal, the developer said the location is appropriate for the stacked townhouses because of the location at an arterial and major collector road, and the proximity of the townhomes across OrlĂŠans Boulevard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He can put that proposal

that putting in smaller townhomes would attract more renters. Chick said that Domicile wanted to sell to people who want to live in the homes themselves, but Thivierge said they have no control over who lives in the units once they are sold. He said that the issue with renters is that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always care for the properties as well as owners living in their own homes do. The city has encouraged development of inďŹ ll areas, expanding growth in already established areas such as the vacant lot on Meadowglen in the OfďŹ cial Plan. One resident asked Chick if Domicile would consider a different proposal with a lower density, but Chick said the company is â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ rm on the proposal.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important to work with us,â&#x20AC;? Thivierge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will have to be compromises on our part, but you will have to compromise as well. He said that the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s determination to see the current proposal constructed â&#x20AC;&#x153;scares the hellâ&#x20AC;? out of him. The development proposal still needs to go to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning committee and to council for approval. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an issue of social responsibility,â&#x20AC;? Thivierge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are deďŹ nitely people prepared to appeal.â&#x20AC;? There will be another meeting due to the large interest in the meeting, with the date and time still to be announced.

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A meeting about a proposed townhouse development at 5911 Meadowglen Dr. had a much larger turnout than originally expected. The OrlĂŠans branch of the Ottawa Public Library meeting room is designed to accommodate 60, so some residents left and will attend a second public meeting still to be announced. forward; whether or not it gets approved is another story,â&#x20AC;? said Coun. Rainer Bloess. The proposal is still with city planners, who can make a recommendation to council. The residents used the meeting to voice their many concerns to Domicile representative, David Chick, the councillor and city staff. City planner Michael Boughton is the lead planner on the proposal. Boughton said in the 90 comments he received from residents, the top complaint was compatible character, followed by height and mass,

trafďŹ c and parking. He told residents that their comments â&#x20AC;&#x153;will have a lot of weightâ&#x20AC;? in his evaluation of the application. The residents would like to see the city planner reject the proposal based on a city policy that says a zoning change cannot cause adverse effects. The city has a list of criteria to be used to determine suitability, which will deďŹ ne whether it would cause â&#x20AC;&#x153;adverse effectsâ&#x20AC;? or not. Several residents with homes nearby worried that the taller townhomes would allow a view into their backyards

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A user’s guide to keeping children safe online WOCRC offers presentation for parents on Internet safety Jessica Cunha jessica.cunha@metroland.com

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With so many hazards online today, it’s important for parents to learn about what’s facing their children when they’re surfing the web. tures or video. If a child under 18 engages in this type of behaviour or is the recipient of a message, they or their parents could face child pornography charges. “They seem to think it’s quite innocent,” said Taylor. “These things go viral really quickly.” Twenty per cent of teenagers are engaging in sexting, said Taylor, adding 22 per cent are teenage girls and 18 per cent are teenage boys. However, 11 per cent of young girls between the ages of 13 and 16 have also admitted to sexting. As well, children between the ages of 12 and 17 are the largest group of Internet pornography viewers. “You don’t need to feel shy about going in and checking,” said Taylor. “You pay for the phone … you pay for the (Internet).” With new technologies

constantly emerging, parents need to know what sites their children are visiting. Twitter, Facebook, instant messaging systems and gaming websites can open up new worlds of possibility and danger. Taylor talked about a case study where a student set up a fake Facebook account and sent friend invitations to students she’d never met. Within 24 hours, she had more than 149 friends: “nobody that she actually knew.” The fake account then had access to all the information available on her “friends’” pages. It’s also important to point out that photos, comments and videos posted online never disappear completely once deleted. “So many children think once you delete it, it’s gone,” said Taylor. “What goes online stays online pretty much forever.”

It’s important to “think before you click.” Online gaming can become an addiction, and with live chat options young children can become privy to explicit language.

“Know what your children are using,” said Taylor, adding parents can check their browser history or ask their children to show them what sites they frequent. “You do have to be aware.”

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EMC news - It’s important that parents set guidelines for their children when it comes to using the Internet. Colleen Taylor, a children’s community developer with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, spoke to a group of parents at W. Erskine Johnston Public School on Feb. 7 about how to keep children safe online. “You make that judgment call over how much access they have,” she said. “Set some guidelines.” Parents need to talk to their children about the possible dangers of the Internet, including privacy, luring, cyber-bullying and the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. “Teach them to respect those instincts,” said Taylor. “Help set up the accounts with them. “You can make up a contract with them … so they know ahead of time what their privileges are and the consequences.” Of course, there are many benefits to the Internet as well, she said, citing the ability to research, complete homework and talk to family members living around the world. The biggest priority is “to keep our children safe online,” said Taylor. One way to do that is to keep the family computer in a public location, such as the den or kitchen, and collect cellphones and other devices before bed. Also, talk to them about the importance of keeping passwords private. “Half of them know each other’s passwords,” said Taylor, adding this can make hacking an account easy. “Remind them to keep this information private.” By age 10, about 89 per cent of children have access to the Internet. In 2005, one in seven children had been sexually solicited online, said Taylor. “With instant messaging you may not know who you’re talking to online,” she said. “It’s a great field for someone to impersonate someone else.” Which is why it’s important for parents to have a discussion with their children and let them know if they come across anything disturbing or upsetting, or if they’re asked to meet someone they only know online, they can talk to an adult about it, said Taylor. “If they see something illegal, harmful, upsetting, they can talk to a safe adult.” The pervasiveness and immediacy of technology allows bullying to carry beyond

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EMC news - Eleven-yearold Darcy McRae is hoping to “give back a little bit” after he and his family had the opportunity to visit Paris for a week thanks to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. The Bridlewood boy, a cancer survivor, is looking to pay it forward by raising money to grant another child’s wish. “I started (fundraising) after the whole brain tumour thing,” said Darcy, who attends W.O. Mitchell Elementary School. The Grade 6 student is matter of fact discussing his battle with cancer. Darcy was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010, when he was eight years old. Suffering from flu-like symptoms, vomiting and severe headaches were chalked

up to illness, until a visit to the eye doctor. “They looked in my eyes and said ‘You have to get to CHEO,’” said Darcy. “They ran a whole whack of tests. The next day, I had surgery.” Non-cancerous, the tumor was “the size of a golf ball,” said Darcy, who underwent a 17-hour surgery, followed by two months of radiation. “There’s some still in there … so it’s like if you cut a golf ball in half.” Last summer, Darcy travelled to Paris with his family, courtesy of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. “My brother went to Paris the year before. It sounded like fun and it was,” said Darcy. The McRaes had the chance to visit the Louvre, a carnival and Aquarium de Paris, took a river cruise and climbed the Eiffel Tower.

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Darcy McRae, 11, is raising money to grant another child his or her wish after he received a trip to Paris through the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. “It’s actually a really amazing structure,” said Darcy. “We climbed the stairs. It was fun.” WISH

Darcy wants to raise funds to grant another child his or her wish. He raised $500 going doorto-door in his neighbourhood the first year for the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada. The following year, he raised $2,500.

“All the neighbours are extremely supportive,” said Darcy, who plays peewee hockey with the Kanata Minor Hockey Association, water polo and enjoys hitting the gym. Now, he’s collecting money for the Children’s Wish Foundation. “I got the idea to raise money for kids,” said Darcy. Woodroffe Avenue Public School donated money to Darcy and his family for his trip to Paris. “I was the wish kid.”

So far, he’s collected around $600 from a craft fair held at his school earlier this year, and on Feb. 5, he hosted a cake raffle and bake sale. “Ms. Potvin has been a really big help,” he said of one of the teachers at his school. He also has plans to hold a badminton tournament to raise more. “I feel so good now,” said Darcy. “I’ve raised a bunch of money … I hope he has as wonderful a time as I did.” Darcy has also spoken at

a number of events and functions to help spread awareness. “I just want to give back,” he said. “It’s a heartwarming story,” said Sheldon, Darcy’s older brother. “He does it all himself. We help him out but it’s all Darcy’s idea. “It’s completely in character. Darcy is a generous lad.” To make a donation in Darcy’s name, visit childrenswish.ca and select Tribute – In Honour.

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Ontario’s top curler Howard takes tankard Shawn Gibson

EMC sports - The fans knew it. The Barrie organizers hoped for it. Glenn Howard provided it. The Coldwater Curling Club’s rink is off to their eighth straight Brier having won in dramatic fashion at Sunday’s Dominion Tankard at the Barrie Molson Centre. In an all-Simcoe County battle, Howard faced off against Joe Frans and his Bradford Curling Club team in a match that saw the winning shot rely on a measure. Having taken a 6-3 lead in the seventh end, Howard’s faithful began the “Ontario” chants as they sensed another win by the local boy. Frans, having defeated Howard on Wednesday’s Draw 5 by a score of 8-3, was not going quietly. Strategically winning the small battles, Frans pushed the game into the 10th end with single points in the eighth and ninth. “You have to go into your next game with a clear mind,” said Howard. “Frans was fantastic the last time we played, but that doesn’t mean it carries over to the next. We knew we had to play near perfect to top

their rink.” The Tankard trophy sat waiting on the awards table as a blue and yellow stone lie even with each other on the button. Frans would attempt to place his last rock in an unhittable spot, but Howard would use his final shot to move it out and leave the only rocks that mattered waiting for a measure. As Wayne Middaugh of Howard’s rink and Ryan Werenich of Team Frans handled the measuring, a packed BMC waited quietly and anxiously. Middaugh would extend his hand, signaling the end and a 7-5 Coldwater victory. With the arena cheering, Howard explains what it’s like to win in his own backyard. “We always want to win, everywhere we go, but winning in Barrie was special,” said Howard. “Our families were in attendance as were our friends and this place was loud. Kudos to all those that put it on and the fans for coming out.” Frans will head back to the drawing board and know that his Bradford rink is able to be the toast of Simcoe County after hanging with the best. Team Howard, which in-

cludes Victoria Harbour’s Middaugh, Shanty Bay’s Brent Laing and Kanata’s Craig Savill, will represent Ontario at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton during the week of March 2 to 10. Howard Rajala of the Rideau Curling Club and Bryan Cochrane from the City View CC were the Ottawa representatives and did not have the tournament they hoped for. Rajala finished the week with a 2-8 record with one of the wins being Wednesday’s Draw 5 against Cochrane in a 9-5 final. “We weren’t as sharp as we’d hoped to be, but all in all we really enjoyed the week,” said Rajala. “Anytime you can play at the provincial level, it is special and this is something you carry with you and plan for next year.” As far as the upcoming Brier, there is no doubt in Rajala’s mind who he’s cheering for. “You had to know Glenn and the boys would be in the final of the Tankard and now we have to get behind Ontario and hope they bring it home.” Cochrane finished slightly better with a 4-6 record and believes that it’s only a matter of time before Ottawa is

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Bryan Cochrane, right, and his rink from the City View Curling Club took on Howard Rajala, left, and his rink from the Rideau Curling club in an all-Ottawa duel in Draw 5 of the Dominion Tankard in Barrie on Feb. 6. Rajala won 9-5. on top of the nation’s curling mountain. “We had a wonderful time and only wish we could have had a better result,” said Cochrane. “It won’t be long

though until you see a team from around here make it big. We have so many great rinks, there is no doubt in my mind that this city will produce a top team that will compete every

year.” Next year’s Tankard takes place in Smiths Falls, which will be a lot closer for Ottawa curling fans to get to and cheer on their favourite teams.

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Whistler is a 5 month old, neutered male, Rex mix. He was brought to the shelter as a stray on December 20, 2012 but is now ready for adoption! Whistler is an active rabbit who enjoys daily exercise exploring his cage and would love the opportunity to free roam. He does enjoy chewing on things so keep all cords and important items out of his way! He is looking for a forever home where he will be allowed to exercise daily and will be provided with nutritious food, water, and a clean habitat!

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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.

Chabrier, Poulenc, Stojowski, Bozza, and Chopin. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students and are available at Books on Beechwood, through MacKay United Church and at the door. For information, call 613-749-8727, or visit mackayunitedchurch.com.

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The next edition of REACH Canada Brown Bag Lunch Series will focus on the topic of “the toxic workplace.” Katherine Williams, author of Workplace Bullying – A Survival Guide will discuss the phenomenon of workplace bullying. The event takes place on Feb. 25 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Enbridge Building located at 400 Coventry Rd. Admission is $10 for seniors and students, $20 general admission, $50 for social or health services agencies and $75 for government, corporate, or legal guests. For more information, call 613-236-6636 or email estherakinkugbe@reach.ca

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. 23 OYP Theatre School and Orléans Older Players present Arsenic and Old Lace at the Richcraft Theatre in Shenkman Arts Centre at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and available by calling 613580-2764 or emailing www. oypts.ca.

Feb. 23 & March 2 In-person registration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ray Friel Recreational Complex on Tenth Line Road for the Orleans Amateur Fastball Association 2013 season. Boys and girls ages five to 18 are welcome regardless of experience. The registration fee includes a team uniform, professional photo, skills event and wrap-up tournament. On-line registration and more information at www. oafa.org.

Feb. 24 Polished Brass, the next concert in the 2012-2013 MacKay Chamber Music Concert Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at MacKay United Church. It will feature Karen Donnelly, principal trumpet in the National Arts Centre Orchestra. She will be joined by two of her NACO colleagues, Donald Renshaw, principal trombone, and Lawrence Vine, principal horn, and by pianist Frédéric Lacroix. Their performance will include the Hindemith Trumpet Sonata and music by

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.

Feb. 28 The Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club luncheon at 12:30 p.m., at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. The guest speaker will be Nancy Greene. For tickets, please call Monique Bertrand at 613-737-6075 or visit www.owcc.ca.

March 1 Divine Infant Parish at 6658 Bilberry Dr. hosts World Day of Prayer at 1:30 p.m. Each year the service is written by the women of a different country. This year the service has been written by France and the theme is I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me. This is a nondenominational prayer service and all are welcome.

March 2 The Ottawa West Arts Association presents Metamorphosis from March 2 to May 3. Visit the gallery to view exciting new artworks from local artists and fill out a people’s choice ballot for your favorite artwork at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Rd., Stittsville. The gallery is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.owaa.ca.

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 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, 2112 Bel-Air Dr. The cost is $15 per week or $80 for all six weeks. Call 613-224-0526 to register.

March 15 Zumba fitness breast cancer fundraiser benefiting Breast Cancer Action - Ottawa from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at South Fallingbrook Community Centre, 998 Valin. Join a zumba fitness masterclass for just $10 in advance or $15 at the door). Ninety-minute class with multiple instructors as well as raffles, silent auction items, and a limited stock of Zumbawear and accessories available with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Action-Ottawa. For more information and tickets, call 613-736-8422 or email info@ bcaott.ca.

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 and president of the Lowertown Community Association, along with fellow members, will share perspectives on the community. For more information, email info@ heritageottawa.org, call 613230-8841 or visit heritageottawa.org.

March 23 The Friends of the Farm are holding a used book drop-off for our Used Book Sale to be held in June. No magazines, encyclopaedias, or text books. The drop-odd is being held at Building 72 at the Central Experimental Farm arboretum, east off the Prince of Wales Drive roundabout.

For more information, call 613-230-3276, email info@ friendsofthefarm.ca or visit friendsofthefarm.ca.

April 25 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 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.

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 6:30-8:30 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. 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 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call Carole at 613-761-6537 or e-mail lucani@sympatico. ca for more information.

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


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