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EMC news - The owner of a derelict former school in Lowertown has turned to the courts in a bid to tear it down. Groupe Claude Lauzon filed an application to Ontario Superior Court on Feb. 20 asking for permission to tear down the building at 287 Cumberland St., which has remained in disrepair for decades. The application states the city has known since 2005 that the building has “significant structural concerns” and did nothing. Groupe Claude Lauzon wants to tear the school down and put up condos, but the city refused the company’s demolition application in 2006 because Lauzon did not provide plans for what it planned to build on the site instead, which is a requirement of the heritage district policies that apply to the neighbourhood. On Feb. 1, an engineering report commissioned by Lauzon revealed the building was at imminent risk of collapse. That set off the latest chapter in the troubled relationship between Groupe Claude Lauzon and the city. The city ordered barricades be put up to keep pedestrians and traffic away from the building in case it fell down. See COUNCILLOR, page 10

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Wabano Centre gets ready to open its doors New cultural gathering space to welcome Vanier community Michelle Nash

EMC news - As the final few tiles of an intricate star blanket design are installed on the floor of the cultural gathering space, work on the new wing of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health draws to a close. Once completed, the 2,322-square-metre expansion will be open for business as Canada’s first national centre of excellence in Aboriginal health. First announced in Octo-

ber 2010, work on the expansion got underway in May 2011. The new space includes the cultural gathering space, which is large enough to accomodate 500 people, new clinics, a maternal wellness centre, youth programming and two social enterprise training centres. As the work nears completion, spokeswoman Carlie Chase said excitement is building at the Wabano Centre. “There were tears the first time I saw it,” Chase said. “I am just now capable

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Years of hard work pay off for Irish society New plaque to mark immigrants’ contribution to canal construction Michelle Nash

EMC news - After years of work to get recognition for the sacrifices of Irish workers who helped build the Rideau Canal, a celebration to mark the official commemoration will feature fun, laughter and good old fashion tune or two. The Irish Society of the National Capital Region and the Ottawa and District Labour Council are sponsoring the event full of music and poetry to help mark the very special moment for Irish descendants, who will receive two plaques commemorating their contribution to the building of the Rideau Canal on March 14 at St. Brigid’s Centre. “It may sound corny, but a lot of us sort of appreciate if we close our eyes on that day, we will all feel those workers looking down on us saying ‘thank you,’� said Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council. The Rideau Canal was built between 1826 and 1832, with thousands of immigrants, including many from Ireland and France, laying the foundations of the world-famous

waterway. It is estimated more than 1,000 workers died of malaria during the construction of the canal. In 2006, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada was asked by an adhoc committee made up of members from the Irish Society of the National Capital Region and the Ottawa and District Labour Council to consider the contributions of the Irish workers for designation. Over the past six years, the nomination has been denied twice. Local Irish musician and author Kevin Dooley worked with the committee. After years of trying to make the case the Irish workers’ contribution with no avail, Dooley is happy this day is finally drawing near. “Our group did the work and it was rejected twice but what I think happened was the public’s opinion changed,� Dooley said. “There is a bigger picture, the canal is a living part of our culture and you can’t mess with the canal and with that we found with that was people started to catch on that this cause of ours was important. Our catch phrase was


Sean McKenny, front left, Bill Tobin, Kevin Dooley, back left, Robin Etherington and Bryan Daly were among those dedicated to seeing the Irish workers who helped built the Rideau Canal honoured for their sacrifices. A celebration is planned in Lowertown for March 14 to mark the official recognition. that this country was built on blood, sweat and tears it was hard but they built it something and I think that once the heritage committee saw there was interest they began to change their minds.� On Nov. 2, 2012, Parks Canada officially announced it would formally recognize

the construction workers who built the canal. McKenney credits Dooley as one of the individuals who made this upcoming event possible. “A lot of people have done a lot of work to make this happen, but if it weren’t for Kevin I don’t think we would have ensure that forever more the

workers will be recognized for their work,� McKenney said. Two plaques will be placed along the canal: one located at Jones Falls in Elgin, Ont., and one located at the Corktown footbridge in Ottawa. The plaques will be large with two interpretive panels that will tell the story of how the canal was built in both official

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Students at Assumption Catholic School’s Grade 4-5 class have launched a business promoting kindness to help raise money for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Part of the Entrepreneurial Achievement Program business adventure, the students aim to raise $500 for the organization.

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EMC news - Some students at Assumption Catholic School would like to spread a little kindness this month by asking teachers, businesses and fellow schoolmates to help raise money for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Tim Hopkins Grade 4-5 class is participating in the Entrepreneurial Achievement Program business adventure, which encourages students to start a business and raise

money for local charities. Administered by the Learning Partnership, it connects public school classes with local business to teach the students how to run a successful business. For Hopkins’s class, kindness was the key for their venture, kindness they sought to pass on to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. The students made crafts and greeting cards which they sold for $5. All the money will be donated to the charity. “The main goal is to raise

$500 for the charity,” Hopkins said. The class officially launched its business during Kindness Week, which took place from Feb 15 to 21. All the students in the classroom were excited about the new business venture, which Hopkins said made it hard to pinpoint exactly what to make. “The students really like crafts, so they really wanted to make something,” he said. The class decided on selling bees on sticks with labels with slogans such as “Caught you beeing kind” and “Thanks for beeing kind.” Student Michael Freeman said he hopes people buy them

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EMC news - Four groups hit the jackpot last week when the city announced it would give them up to $30,000 each towards small-scale projects to improve their communities. Brewer Park Community Garden, Leslie Park Community Association, Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre and Vanier Community Association were selected from 41 applications for the first round of the Better Neighbourhoods program. The aim is to tackle small projects that improve the quality of life in urban and suburban communities. A fringe benefit is improving the working relationship between the city’s bureaucracy and politicians and community groups. The four groups were selected on the following criteria: strong volunteer commitment, innovation and the potential benefits for a wide range of residents in the neighbourhood. For more information about the Better Neighbourhoods program, which will return in 2014, and the city’s Neighbourhood Connection office that oversees the program, visit and sign up for the e-newsletter.

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The community-driven garden in Old Ottawa South started last summer with a waiting list twice as long as the number of plots available. The non-profit group told the Old Ottawa South Community Association last month that it hopes to add another 30 raised beds to the existing 28. Ten of the existing plots are allocated

On February 21, 2013, I joined Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal Galipeau, Mayor Watson and fellow Eastern Block Councillors Rainer Bloess and Bob Monette for an important joint announcement. Through FedDev Ontario’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, close to $1.1 million will be invested in four projects in Ottawa’s east end to improve access to municipal infrastructure.


The Brewer Park Community Garden was one of four groups awarded a Better Neighbourhoods grant. The city announced the winners of the first round of program funding on Feb. 21. for children to learn about where their food comes from by growing it themselves, and five plots are set aside for people in need. “We are committed to providing a growing space for individuals, families, and the local community including a children’s garden and a space to grow food for those in need, based on sustainable organic gardening practices with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides,” reads the presentation given by Michael Oster and Danielle Cantin, who organize the garden, New this year, the group hoped to start up a biodome with the help of the city’s Better Neighbourhoods program. The raised garden bed covered in a dome would also feature a fish tank that would send nutrient-rich water into the soil. It’s a temporary structure first developed in the 1980s as a way to grow food year-round with a minimal amount of water. Brewer Park’s proposed

biodome would be about five metres in diameter and about 2.5 m tall. The structure would enable the group to showcase different ways of growing food and provide educational opportunities delivered by community members. There are plans to partner with architecture and environmental studies students from Carleton University and Algonquin College to help design and build the biodome. VANIER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

For Vanier, the real win is a chance to build a strong working relationship with city officials. “It’s not just a grant, it’s a partnership,” said Mike Bulthuis, president of the association. “It’s huge, really. It’s the biggest grant we’ve received so far.” The group is hoping to look at initiatives that will revital-

ize Montreal Road and bring more patrons to the business district. Ideas include a local wayfinding sign program, community bulletin boards and resident-produced maps showing the business and community amenities of the area. “We want to look at how we enhance the area,” Bulthuis said. “How do we contribute to a greater sense of vitality on the streets?” That could include planning activities along the street, too, he said. Another part of that will be looking at ways to make Vanier more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists. That could mean putting up signs on preferred cycling routes or other initiatives that make create a safe, welcoming environment for active transportation. “We love how close everything is in this community and we want to celebrate that,” Bulthuis said.

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EMC news - This year will be a challenging one for the Quartier Vanier business area, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for a good reason â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the merchantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association is growing. During the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual general meeting on Feb. 19, board chairman John Therein said 2013 will be a year of expansion and building trust with the 100 or so new businesses that now fall within the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries. Last summer, the city OKed expanded boundaries for the merchantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association to include the north side of Beechwood Avenue, McArthur Avenue east of Belisle Street and Montreal Road from Cantin Street to St. Laurent Boulevard. With final approval for the expansion in January, the BIA can now get to work meeting the new member businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a year of expansion,â&#x20AC;? Therein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to bring everyone on board and build their trust â&#x20AC;Ś to help they understand what we do and why we do it.â&#x20AC;? Adding the new areas

makes sense, especially for beautification initiatives, Therein said. In the past, for example, the business association could only install flower planters on the south side of Beechwood, giving a lopsided look to the street. Quartier Vanier also hopes to make community volunteer efforts more cohesive. The business group is proposing quarterly meetings with community associations in the area â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Vanier, Lindenlea, Manor Park, Beechwood and New Edinburgh â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to boost awareness of what each group is working on and hopefully co-ordinate efforts if possible. Quartier Vanier has an annual budget of $369,000, about $221,000 of which goes towards staffing and administrative costs. The rest is almost evenly split between marketing, economic development and safety and security. It is the third year the BIA has not increased its tax levy for member businesses, recognizing the tough economic climate. Vanier wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be getting any streets rebuilt in the near future, and without a large capital road project on the horizon, the city wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be putting any public art in Vanier anytime

soon. So Quartier Vanier wants to take matters into its own hands by putting â&#x20AC;&#x153;art benchesâ&#x20AC;? along the three main streets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very unique to Vanier,â&#x20AC;? said Bill Dicks, a BIA board member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do the same thing that Bank Street is doing.â&#x20AC;? The idea is still in the early stages, but the merchantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; group hopes to be able to purchase several elaborate benches each year to put in locations that will draw attention, as well as provide a place to sit. More planters will also be coming to Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streets, Dicks said. In an effort to clean up the community, Quartier Vanier will host more â&#x20AC;&#x153;broom and groomâ&#x20AC;? cleanup events and add more waste bins on the streets. The business group will put a priority on providing funding for owners to remove graffiti on all buildings in the BIA area. One of the major efforts for marketing and promotion will be a study conducted to give insight into what new businesses the BIA should encourage to locate in Vanier. Quartier Vanier also plans to hold three town hall meetings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one for each of the


Chocolate sculptures by Hearty Bakery featuring the Quartier Vanier logo wowed guests at the merchant associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual general meeting held at Bel-Air Lexus Toyota on Feb. 19. main streets in its area â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to consult merchants about how to make the area cleaner and safer.Surveillance patrol offered by the BIA is one of the most important services to merchants, said BIA board member Serge Foucher, and this year the patrollers will get bicycles so they can get from one area to another more quickly. Foucher said the patrolling will still be done on foot. 2012 HIGHLIGHTS

One of Quartier Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highlights from last year was the adoption of a new, heart-

shaped logo, Therein said. A couple of communitybuilding events helped define 2012 in Vanier: the first-ever Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;est Chill event, which celebrated the neighbourhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;renaissanceâ&#x20AC;? with art installations, music and family activities, as well as a community forum held in conjunction with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Neighbourhood Connection office as a way to set priorities to improve Vanier in the future. The area saw some â&#x20AC;&#x153;buzzâ&#x20AC;? last year with the construction of the new Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, which is set to be completed in the

spring. Pop-up events hosted by the Beechwood Village Alliance also garnered attention, as did a community fundraising event centered around the new Kavanagh Block Party â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a fundraiser for the restoration of Optimiste Park. In June, business people and community members gathered to help build a playground for Assumption Catholic School. The merchantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association hosted a well-attended sendoff breakfast for former Ottawa police chief Vern White, who was appointed to the Senate last year.


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Voters deserve chance to weigh in on Wynne


remier Kathleen Wynne came to town last week, offering Ottawans their first chance to take the measure of Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new leader. That first impression may be important, as the province may very well have an election on its hands this spring, something that should be embraced, albeit grudgingly, by the electorate. Why embraced? It comes down to the fact Wynne is looking to take Ontario in

a fundamentally different direction from the one we were following under Dalton McGuinty, despite the claims made by Tim Hudak and the Progressive Conservatives to the contrary. That fact alone means voters need the opportunity to approve a new mandate. McGuinty, while he focused on deficit reduction to a certain extent following his 2011 election victory, spent much time looking to implement and expand programs

such as full-day kindergarten. He will also be remembered as the premier who introduced the feed-in tariff program, harmonized the provincial sales tax and gave a 30 per cent rebate to postsecondary students. He was a premier focused on programs and ways the province could help out its citizens. Wynne, based on the speech from the throne delivered on Feb. 19, is looking to focus the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts on â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiscal responsibil-

ity, economic growth and increased employment.â&#x20AC;? In practice, this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be a drastic departure from what came before: FIT was designed to boost the economy, helping students can lead to more jobs and freezing teachers salaries is one way of taking fiscal responsibility. But the premier undoubtedly brings her own ideas to her new office and those ideas deserve to be vetted by voters, who should have the

chance to compare Wynneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan with those being offered by both the PCs and the New Democratic Party. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a much better idea of what the Liberals are all about under Wynne in the coming weeks when the budget is presented at Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park. It should provide a detailed account of how her government plans to reach its new goals. Andrea Horwathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NDP has pledged to support the minority Liberals on the speech from the throne, so

Wynne will survive to table the budget. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better that we head to the polls sooner than later, as the province is facing a number of challenges that really canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to be addressed: the decline of manufacturing and the transition of the wider economy, deteriorating infrastructure, rising health care costs, all under the shadow of a massive deficit and ballooning debt. It would be much better for voters to choose from among the latest visions for Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future, rather than be stuck with a new path chosen by Liberal party faithful.


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hose were wonderful scandals coming out of the Senate, with people allegedly claiming expenses they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve because they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live where they said they did, and so on. For a while, there was the faint hope that the thing would finally be abolished, but for various reasons too constitutional to mention, that is very unlikely to happen. Too bad, as it would free up a beautiful piece of real estate in the heart of downtown. Still, it is pleasant, although maybe not too realistic, to consider alternate uses for the Senate chamber, once the Senators have made their deliberate move to the exit. Many years ago I proposed in print that the Senate chamber would make an excellent basketball court. The dimensions are about right, there is parking nearby, plenty of security and the visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gallery has lots of good seats. You might ask, why basketball, when hockey is our national sport? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good question. The difficulty is that the dimensions of a hockey rink are too large for the space available. Further, the taxpayer might balk at installing ice-making machinery in Centre Block. Finally, where would they put the Zamboni? For these reasons, basketball made more sense. However, the proposal was somehow not seized upon by public officials. Also there was a complete lack of public excitement and eventually, Scotiabank Place was built. Too bad, because it would have made a nice basketball court and years of embarrassing scandal could have been avoided. So we move on. What other uses could be made of the space now occupied by the Senate?

Well, what about the National Portrait Gallery? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remember that it was once intended to move into the old United States embassy building across from Parliament Hill, then the government changed and the museum faded from sight. We could use a good portrait gallery. The Senate would have lots of space for it, because remember there is more to the Senate than just the chamber. Once the Senate is abolished, all those senatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offices will be vacant, along with the Senate committee rooms and the place where the senators store their overcoats and shuffleboard equipment. Acres and acres of portraits could go in there. Some of them could even be of senators. The ones who live in Ottawa should not be hard to find to take their pictures. Even some ones who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t officially live in Ottawa might, unaccountably, be close by. For the generations yet unborn, we would want a permanent photographic record of those who graced the institution and explaination of what they did. Some might oppose putting the Portrait Gallery in the Senate on the grounds that our need for historical portraiture will be covered in the conversion of the Museum of Civilization to the Canadian Museum of History. So other possible uses need to be explored. The suggestion that the Senate be turned into a downtown casino will not be dignified with a reply. However, there is nothing to stop the Senate from becoming what most of Canada is becoming â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a condominium. Some of those offices suites could make nice apartments, once they are thoroughly cleaned to get rid of the smell of pork. The Senate chamber could be made into a party room, instead of a political party room. The idea certainly has merit, since having more people live downtown has long been one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals. It could help put more people onto Sparks Street, as the condo owners emerge from Parliament Hill in search of somewhere to party, or at least get a sausage. The big lawn would be an attraction, the view is very nice. All that needs to be done is to get the neighbours in the House of Commons to keep it down.

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Do you think Ontario will be going back to the polls this spring?

Now that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been back for about a month, are you watching NHL hockey?

A) Yes. Both Hudak and Horwath are chomping at the bit for an election.


B) Maybe. It all depends on whether Wynne bows to the NDPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget demands.

A) Oh yeah â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I watch every minute I can on TV and get tickets for the rink too. B) When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the tube, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make time to watch.


C) I hope not. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need another election â&#x20AC;&#x201C; our politicians need to learn to get along.

C) After what the league and players pulled in the lockout? Forget it.


D) Nope. Wynne will wowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;em with the budget and all will be well come April.

D) Of course not. I hate hockey.


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Good health starts with a good night’s sleep


y husband and I are like police when it comes to maintaining bedtimes. Our kids are out the door for school at 7:25 a.m. In order to get the rest they need, it’s lights out at 7:30 every night. The baby tends to be in bed by 6 p.m. Some people think I’m crazy. How can you possibly get the kids to go to sleep that early? In my opinion, sleeping is the kids’ responsibilities. My job is to exercise them, feed them, read with them and yell lights out in my serious mom voice when the clock strikes half-past seven. As a recent feature in the

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse Globe and Mail highlighted, there is much evidence to suggest sleep is imperative to good health. Despite this, reports Erin Anderssen, a combination of urbanization, technological interruptions and the glorification of busy seem to have relegated a good night’s sleep to the sidelines. And while many of us make

the connection between nutritious food, exercise and good health, sleep doesn’t often find its way into the same conversation. Anderssen cites a number of studies that link lack of sleep to everything from obesity to depression to attention deficit disorder. And of course, the negative effects

of sleep deprivation have also been well documented elsewhere. But if one is in the habit of getting only fragmented and irregular sleep, how can you make a change? I’m not a health expert, but the preservation of sleep has made me a keen observer of the things that tend to help or hinder slumber. It’s no secret that light blocks the production of melatonin – the sleep drug – so technology has a huge impact both on getting kids to sleep and keeping them there. Most evenings our kids have zero screen time, but we’re far from the norm. Statistics suggest that up to half of children in the

United States have TV sets in their bedrooms – nevermind those that are playing with smartphones, portable video game consoles and tablets in their beds. Fresh air and exercise are key elements to good sleep. We like the kids to run around for at least an hour in the late afternoon. Too much indoor time and they have a lot more trouble settling. Finally, I find the kids don’t fall asleep unless it’s been at least two hours since their evening meal. This last “rule” is probably the most difficult for working families to implement. Admittedly, we eat supper at 5:30 p.m. daily

– at least that’s the goal. If we miss the mark, it’s guaranteed to be a regular party at bedtime, with sleep the last thing on their minds. If I watch the clock, I note they nod off precisely at that two hour mark. There are many in my social and family circles that consider me a fanatic when it comes to good sleep. But the fact is, getting the kids to bed at the same time each day is not only good for their health, it’s good for mine too. If I can count on them bedding down routinely, I can have “grownup time” every night. That means more time for reading books, talking to my husband, catching up with friends or catching up on work – although admittedly, I don’t like working on a computer in the evening – it has a negative effect on my sleep.

Councillor calls move an ‘intimidation tactic’ Continued from page 1

That led to the court application, which states “demolition is now a pressing and immediate concern and demolition should now be undertaken as soon as possible.” In the court application, Lauzon took issue with whether the city’s building inspector could order an engineer hired by Lauzon to hand over documents related to the condition of the building. The school was unsafe for inspec-



tors to enter, and therefore the city’s building inspectors can’t make any orders, the application states. That’s not the case, according to city officials, and inspectors were able to enter the building before the court application was even filed, said Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury, who was not impressed by the company taking the issue to the court. He called the court case an “intimidation tactic.” “They’re playing games,” Fleury said. “The premise

is the issue is that someone didn’t take care of their property,” and the city has no intention of rewarding that type of behaviour by granting Lauzon what it wants, he said – a demolition permit with no commitment to rebuild something appropriate for the heritage district. Calls of Groupe Claude Lauzon’s lawyer were not returned. Fleury and Mayor Jim Watson’s office have been working on changes to prevent this

type of demolition by neglect. City staff is drafting a proposal that would have tighter wording, allowing the city to enforce property standards above the very minimum. Staff is looking to places like Hamilton, Kingston and Toronto for direction particularly regarding upkeep of vacant heritage buildings, which make up half the approximately 100 vacant properties in Ottawa. A proposal will come forward in the coming weeks or months, Fleury said.


Groupe Claude Lauzon filed an application to Ontario Superior Court on Feb. 20 asking for permission to tear down its building at 287 Cumberland St.

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Chase credits the support from the Vanier community for making everything from the beautifully textured bathroom tiles to the large, expansive rooms planned for com-

Our lloery O  raises much needed funds for the residents of St. Patrick’s Home

munity use possible. “Really, it’s the community who helped us make this happen,” Chase said. The $14.2-million expansion will offer health and community services. The federal and provincial governments



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contributed $2.3 million each to the project, while the Wabano Centre needed to raise the remaining $9.6 million. The star blanket tile design, where individual tiles were sold for $200 each, was part of the fundraising campaign. As a way of thanking the community for rallying to its cause, Wabano will open its doors to Vanier at the end of March for its cultural symposium. The official opening will take place in May, two years from the time shovels first went in the ground. The centre has been serving the community for 12 years and sees 10,000 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people come through its doors every year.


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Frosty celebrations The second annual Vanier Winter Carnival took place at Richelieu Park on Feb. 16 with food, snowshoeing, tug of war and snow volleyball. The sunny day saw many members of the community flock to the park during the day and turn out for the Après Snow party that evening.

NCC holds consultations for Greenbelt Master Plan Jennifer McIntosh

EMC news - Due to a lack of interest from private landowners, the National Capital Commission has killed a plan to expand the Mer Bleue area of the Greenbelt. Lori Thornton, acting chief of planning for the NCC, said private landowners werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested in another level of government on their property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aware of the environment on those lands and being stewards,â&#x20AC;? she said. Lalonde also said the Cleroux Farm near the Blackburn Bypass would be protected to provide space for sustainable architecture. The latest details of the NCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision for the Greenbelt were unveiled at a public meet-

ing at the Nepean Sportsplex on Feb. 19. The Greenbelt Master Plan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is set to go before the crown corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board in the spring â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will also see Pinhey Forest designated as natural area. Pinhey Forest, which lines the west side of Woodroffe to Black Rapids Creek, will be designated a core natural area and have its existing footprint protected from development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We listened to the concerns of residents who really wanted to see that space kept,â&#x20AC;? Lalonde said, adding there is land to the south of Baseline Road available if the hospital chooses to expand in the future. Other changes to the westend portion of the Greenbelt include an amendment to the Nepean National Equestrian Park to allow for the proposal


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submitted by the Wesley Clover Foundation. The Greenbelt Research Farm, a federallyowned facility on Woodroffe Avenue across from the Sportsplex, will keep the same footprint. Lalonde said it was slated for expansion in the 1996 master plan, but with the new focuses on capital recreation, natural environment on agriculture, the NCC is trying to get away from using Greenbelt land for federal buildings. The study of a master plan for the 20,000-hectare expanse of land started in 2008, then moved to a series of consultations that looked at land uses, potential additions and conservation. If the plan is approved by the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board, the plan would be implemented between 2014 and 2067.




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Ottawa volunteer looking to take his efforts abroad University student sets sights on travelling to Africa Michelle Nash

EMC news - Darnell Kennedy is an avid volunteer, having spent more than 8,000 hours helping at-risk youth in Ottawa. Now he is attempting to raise $6,500 so he can travel to Africa in May to learn about the challenges facing people living there, helping him to become even better at helping others. Kennedy comes by helping people honestly enough: he grew up in a low-income neighbourhood and said his life turned around at a young age when he had a chance to attend a free summer camp. After six years as a camper and five years as a volunteer camp counsellor, he now wants to spread his volunteering wings abroad. The trip to Africa is through Operation Groundswell, an organization Kennedy said is founded on ethical travel volunteering. It designs trips to expose participants to the day-to-day realities of each region visited. Kennedy has never traveled before, but said he

thought this trip would help him better understand how other countries and regions struggle with and attempt to overcome poverty. When he returns home, Kennedy wants to put what he has learned to use in his own backyard. “I am really hoping to discover a whole new part of me and with the organization, I am really hoping to learn how we can help ourselves here with a whole new perspective,” he said. It was Kennedy’s time at the Christie Lake Kids summer camp where the young University of Ottawa student said he learned what it meant to be given a chance. “Summer camps costs an arm and a leg to go to, but Christie Lake Kids summer camp is free,” he said. “It was the first time I got on the bus I knew I wanted to become more than just a camper. I had never been a way from home before and was sad and scared, but they (the counsellors) were so welcoming, they were like a family. It was a warm safe environment.” Now he said he wants to spread that welcoming, family feeling. “I don’t know what to expect, I am hoping to bring that same warm, welcoming feeling to Africa.” The six-week trip will take Kennedy and other volun-

teers to Kibera, Africa’s most populous slum located in Nairobi, Kenya. It will give them the chance to work with internationally renowned artist and peace activist Solo7. They will cycle through Hell’s Gate National Park, also in Kenya, where the volunteers will learn about the realities of the genocide in Rwanda. They’ll also visit the white-water rapids at the source of the Nile in Uganda. The projects Kennedy and his fellow volunteers will participate in will depend on the requests from local community organizations, but some past projects include constructing a bridge, building latrines for a technical school, working at a resource center and running an intercultural women’s political group. Kennedy has received a $650 grant from Operation Groundswell and he has personally raised $800, but the remaining $5,050 needs to be raised by April 1. To help his efforts, Kennedy will be hosting a comedy night at Absolute Comedy on March 19. Tickets are $20 per person. The comedians for the evening are Jason Harper and Dave Merheje. To donate to Kennedy’s cause, visit www. african-volunteer-adventure.


Heatherington resident Darnell Kennedy, right, is looking to raise enough money to volunteer in Africa this spring. Kennedy, who has spent the past five years volunteering at Christie Lake Kids, said he wants to travel to the continent to get a better understanding of how to help those in need.


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Yoga instructor reaches calendar sales goals Planning for 2014 already underway Michelle Nash

EMC news - If the sales of one charity calendar can raise $10,000 for multiple sclerosis, why not aim for $20,000? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Ottawa yoga instructor Natalie Van Tassel decided to do: stretch her resources a little further to launch a new charity calendar campaign for 2014. It was from the moment Van Tassel, who is also a nurse, found out her 23 yearold son had multiple sclerosis that she made a vow to work every day to raise funds and awareness for disease. Her ďŹ rst effort produced the 2013 Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis calendar for sale kast November, showcasing yogis from across the city in action. The sales went really well and Van Tassel managed to cover her costs while raising $10,000 for Multiple Sclerosis of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ottawa chapter. Now she said it is time to raise the bar and raise $20,000 this year, funds she intends to split between the MS Society of Canada and to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation to help with MS research. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because we are making it bigger this year, now I need time to build the other aspects of what I am planning,â&#x20AC;? Van Tassel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the website, I will be promoting the calendar, but for me it is also about raising awareness for MS. If people were aware of the impact of the disease, I think there would be more support.â&#x20AC;? Van Tasselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, Oliver, had just graduated from university when his ďŹ rst multiple

sclerosis attack happened. At ďŹ rst, Van Tassel said she feared her son could be suffering from MS, but had hoped she was wrong. Later, however, he was diagnosed with the disease. Van Tassel said she always though MS affected people in their 40s, not younger people. What Van Tassel quickly learned is that it affects people as young as 14. The mother of two admits the ďŹ rst few weeks after Oliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diagnosis were extremely hard on her emotionally, but practicing yoga and working on the calendar helped her heal. Van Tassel only had four months to get the 2013 calendar complete before it was to go on sale in time for the holidays. When it came time to decide whether she wanted to create a 2014 calendar, she admits being unsure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were a few times when I thought â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Should I do this again?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, but really there was never any doubt to do this again.â&#x20AC;? On Feb. 24 Van Tassel was honoured for her fundraising efforts by the Multiple Sclerosis of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ottawa chapter. She says the award is a perfect way to help raise awareness about her fundraising efforts and the disease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am happy, but what this award means to me is I am just a nurse and a mother who wanted to make sure my son was okay,â&#x20AC;? Van Tassel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of that I needed to raise money for MS and if a nurse and mother can raise this much money, imagine what more of us could do? We


Natalie Van Tassel has made it her mission in life to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Van Tassel, a yoga instructor, worked on her 2013 calendar Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis, which raised $10,000 for the MS Society of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ottawa Chapter. This year Van Tassel aims to raise $20,000. need to all do something more and spread the word.â&#x20AC;? To help make the 2014 calendar a reality, the yogi has enlisted some help from friends, family and acquaintances. Van Tassel said this year the fundraising will go beyond the calendar. With a committee

in place, plans are underway to design an interactive website where people can donate, purchase a calendar and learn more about MS. The important thing she pointed out is that all the money will stay local, for local families and individuals living with MS.


Van Tassel said she has been connecting with doctors who will participate in video blog entries to inform people about the disease as well as provide tips to help those who have it. Yoga will continue to remain a strong focus which Van Tassel said can help MS-

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diagnosed people cope with the disease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga is all about meditation and breathing; it slows down your nervous system and allows you to be mindful of the present moment. It helps keep them mobile, it offers them strength,â&#x20AC;? she said.






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wo of the City’s finest all-inclusive retirement homes - the Duke of Devonshire on Carling Avenue nestled in the Island Park/ Civic Hospital neighbourhood, and Lord Lansdowne in the heart of the Glebe on Bank Street across from Lansdowne Park – are locally owned and operated by the Dymon Group of Companies. Over the years, Dymon has been extensively involved in the retirement industry and has gained a significant reputation for its relentless focus on delivering a 5-star lifestyle opportunity for seniors. This same customer service philosophy permeates everything Dymon does, perhaps best exemplified by its industry leading state-of-the-art storage facilities popping up all over Ottawa. Duke of Devonshire and Lord Lansdowne represent the newest generation in all-inclusive retirement living. Each resident has a large private suite and can select from different studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom models. Each suite is beautifully appointed with standard features including individual fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs or walk-in showers, granite countertops, kitchenettes, and HD flat screen TV’s. Residents bring their own belongings so that their suite can really feel like home. Secure keyless entry and an advanced nurse call system are also in place to ensure the utmost security for residents.


5-STAR DINING Residents have unbridled access throughout each retirement home, including access to the elegant dining rooms, complete with linen table cloths, bone china and black-tie service. An Executive Chef caters to the culinary desires of the individual resident. Menus are designed after careful consultation with residents and offer an eclectic choice including a “healthy heart” selection at each mealtime sitting. Staff can also accommodate any special dietary need that a resident may have. “Dining is an important part of the day for our residents, so we work hard as a team to serve delicious food in a warm atmosphere,” offers Craig Domville, Executive Chef at the Duke of Devonshire. For special events, each Dymon residence also has an elegant private dining room where residents can host friends or family to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or holiday events. Specialized menus can be designed for service in the private dining rooms.


ATTENTION TO DETAIL From the moment you walk into the Duke of Devonshire and Lord Lansdowne you will be embraced by the attention to detail that Dymon has put into both of its retirement residences. “As a fully vertically integrated real estate development company, we build all of our properties to be both aesthetically attractive as well as efficient from an operations perspective,” says Steve Creighton, Senior Vice President at Dymon. “Being locally owned and operated, we are proud to be part of the community and we want our senior residents and their families to have a real sense of comfort, security and exceptional service. In addition, being locally managed means that we make timely decisions in the best interests of our residents, without multi layers of bureaucracy,” adds Creighton. Both the Duke of Devonshire and Lord Lansdowne have beautiful amenities including elegant lounges, fireplaces throughout, exquisitely furnished corridors and a unique “Promenade” walkway. “The indoor Promenade streetscape was designed with a European flair that gives you a real sense of strolling down a street lined with retail shops. The great benefit at this time of year is that residents can stroll without the fear of slipping on ice or snow”, offers Creighton. Every aspect of Dymon’s retirement residences has been designed with seniors in mind. The exercise rooms are fully equipped with unique equipment, including Aqua Massage tables that allow residents to have invigorating massages while fully clothed, and T-Zone vibration equipment that enhances circulation as well as increasing muscle tone and strength. The luxury theatres have Dolby digital full surround sound, large 8’ by 12’ foot screens and luxurious customized seating. Special headphones are also available for residents with hearing impairment. If residents require transportation around the City, they can take advantage of Dymon’s complimentary, fully-equipped luxury vans with full-time drivers to assist them. There is even a luxurious tour bus that is used for the extensive number of day trips that occur regularly. For those residents who wish to drive themselves, heated underground parking complete with valet service is available. “It is particularly nice at this time of year when a resident can leave the retirement home and not have to worry about heating up his or her car and scrapping off snow and ice,” suggests Creighton.

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SURPRISINGLY AFFORDABLE Despite how beautiful the residences are with all of their exceptional lifestyle services, the monthly rental

AGE IN PLACE The Duke of Devonshire and Lord Lansdowne are all-inclusive assisted living retirement residences. “We find that a lot of seniors and their families are confused about the level of service offered in the marketplace. There is no question that moving to a retirement home is an important decision, and you certainly want to make sure that if your physical or cognitive condition changes over time you can be properly taken care of,” says Rochman. With Dymon’s age-in-place philosophy, resident care plans can be adapted as the situation changes. This provides peace of mind for residents that they can stay and not have to transfer to a long term care facility just because their health deteriorates. “And we really mean it!” says Rochman, ”Too many times we see situations where seniors have gone to other retirement homes thinking that they will be properly cared for when their condition changes, only to find out that the needed services are not available. This is very stressful to the seniors and their families. At the Duke of Devonshire and Lord Lansdowne we are committed to accommodating our seniors as they age in place,” stresses Rochman. Each residence also has a Special Care floor where residents suffering from more extensive cognitive decline can be

rates are surprisingly affordable. “We have a budget calculator on our websites that allows prospective residents to compare their existing living costs to their new lifestyle opportunity at either the Duke of Devonshire or Lord Lansdowne,” says Louise Rochman, Chief Operating Officer of Dymon’s healthcare group. “And when you list out all of the costs that you incur in your home including rising utility costs and property taxes, and you add repair costs, snow removal, grass cutting, food and other costs, it’s surprising how affordable living at the Duke and Lord can be.” Another important consideration in selecting a retirement residence is how the pricing works and whether the costs are all-inclusive (like at Dymon’s residences) or à la carte. “We feel that it is extremely important that our residents and their families can properly budget into the future,” offers Rochman. “That is why we offer one all-inclusive price from the beginning. In the event your physical or cognitive abilities change over time, you don’t have to worry about price increases usually associated with an a la carte arrangement that is very common in the industry.” The all-inclusive pricing covers such things as suite clean-

ing, personal laundry, 24-hour nursing support, and participation in the numerous on-going activities.

accommodated. “The great thing is that there is the same elegant look and feel as everywhere else in the residence. The only thing that is different is the more extensive staff involvement and the additional security”, adds Rochman.

is that once seniors start having their laundry and suite cleaning done for them, start enjoying delicious meals prepared by our Executive Chefs, and start participating in the numerous activities that go on daily, it really becomes a simple decision after that,” concludes Louise Rochman.

TRY THINGS OUT ON A SHORT TERM BASIS Both of Dymon’s retirement homes offer convalescent stays and short term accommodation. “For someone recovering from surgery, the Duke or the Lord is the ideal place to convalesce. With the relaxing surroundings, the great food, and the attentive nursing and other staff, you can really put your feet up and recover. Many families also find this to be a great service as the average person is not set up at home to properly care for a senior recovering from surgery,” emphasizes Devin Froislie. Given the importance of the decision to move to retirement living, at Lord Lansdowne and the Duke of Devonshire, prospective residents are given the chance to try things out before a permanent move. “We have had many residents choose to stay with us for a few days or a few weeks to experience first hand what we have to offer. Many seniors end up becoming permanent residents once they try us out on a temporary basis. The bottom line

FREE MOVE-IN TRANSITION SERVICES One of the very unique offerings provided by the Dymon Group is free transition services. “Many seniors come to us facing the same overwhelming task. They know the time is right to move to retirement living, but having to deal with all of the stuff in their homes causes great stress and can be totally overwhelming. So we came up with the idea of helping out by providing free transition services to our residents,” says Devin Froislie, Assistant General Manager at Lord Lansdowne. The Transition Coordinator can assist with such things as booking movers, choosing which furniture to move to your suite, and doing your change of address. It is left to the senior and his or her family to decide the extent of services that they want. “At the end of the day, the whole move-in process ends up being much more relaxed and the senior can move in and not feel stressed. We constantly have residents and family members tell us that the transition services are wonderful and make the process much simpler,” adds Froislie.

WINTER IS THE PERFECT TIME TO MAKE THE MOVE There is no time like the present to make the move to the Duke of Devonshire or Lord Lansdowne. “Winter can be a tough time for seniors living on their own. They tend to become isolated because of the dangers of heading outside and potentially slipping on the ice. Winter can be a very invigorating time to experience our retirement lifestyle,” offers Rochman, “and family members don’t have to worry any further about Mom or Dad being alone in their place. We always encourage seniors and their families to make a move before a crisis occurs,” concedes Rochman. Book an appointment today and see for yourself the comfortable, secure and supportive lifestyle awaiting you at the Duke of Devonshire and Lord Lansdowne – for discerning seniors who’ve earned the right to be pampered and live retirement life to the fullest.

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COMFORT & SECURITY Dymon’s retirement homes offer many advanced features that provide peace of mind to residents and their families. A pendant nurse call system ensures that residents are able to call for assistance should they encounter any difficulties - pull stations are also installed throughout each suite. Controlled access to each residence along with an extensive network of security cameras ensures all activities in and around each residence are carefully monitored. In the case of power disruption, large diesel generators provide uninterrupted service and both residences are “emergency fuel qualified” meaning that they rank with hospitals for fuel delivery. Both residences also use an E-Meds system that is used for the dispensing of medication. This system routinely ensures that the right person is getting the right medication at the right times, and to allow for privacy all medications are dispensed to residents in their private suites.



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Mushroom foccacia makes a great snack EMC lifestyle - Foccacia is an Italian flat bread like pizza, but without the sauce and the dough is thicker. It makes great snacks or serves as an accompaniment to soups or salads. Preparation time: 15 minutes Rising time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes INGREDIENTS

• 500 g (1 lb) pizza dough or frozen bread dough, thawed • 45 ml (3 tbsp) olive oil, divided • 340 g (3/4 lb) fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced - you can use a mixture of white, crimini, portabella, shiitake and oyster mushrooms • 250 ml (1 cup) thinly sliced red or sweet onion • 7 ml (1 1/2 tsp) dried oregano or Italian mixed herbs • 1 clove garlic, minced • 8 black olives, pitted and sliced (optional)

• Coarsely ground black pepper to taste • 15 ml (1 tbsp) grated Parmesan cheese PREPARATION

Lightly grease a baking sheet and place dough on it. With floured hands, press out the dough into a 27 by 17-centimetre (11-by-7 inch) oval. Brush with 10 ml (2 tsp) of the oil and let rise in a warm place for 45- 60 minutes. (To create a warm place for dough to rise, turn oven on to 100 C (200 F) for one minute, then turn it off and place the dough inside the warm oven.) Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in large skillet. Sauté the mushrooms and onions for four minutes or until moisture has evaporated. Add the oregano and garlic, cook for one additional minute. Let cool slightly. With thumb or end of wooden spoon make dimpled

surface on the foccacia and top with the mushroom mixture, pressing lightly into dough. Top with olives if you’re using them, as well as the black pepper and Parmesan. Bake at 200 C (400 F) for 20 to 25 minutes or until bottom is lightly browned and crisp. Cool slightly on wire rack. Cut in wedges or slices to serve. Makes 12 pieces Tips: Prepare your own dough using half whole wheat flour to make it more nutritious. Kalamata or Nicoise olives cured in oil or brine are more flavourful than canned olives. Variations: Crumble goat cheese on top of baked foccacia and return to warm to melt. Pass herb or spiced flavoured oil to drizzle on as desired. For more delicious recipe ideas visit Mushrooms Canada at


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lthough Father kept telling Mother there was a lot of winter left, she refused to believe him. She was sure she saw a robin. Father said it was a blackbird. I was never sure if Mother hated the winter because we were locked in for weeks, only venturing as far as church and Briscoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Store, with trips into Renfrew â&#x20AC;&#x201C; only if it was necessary â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or because she remembered milder weather this time of year in her beloved New York. But by the time February started to wane, Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patience with the snow, the bitterly cold nights huddled together in the drafty kitchen to keep warm and the frostcovered windows all took their toll on Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually happy mood. Even though the days were getting longer, the evenings stretched out before her and I could tell she ached for spring and warm nights, when she could open the windows and feel the cool country air coming in.

MARY COOK Mary Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memories One Friday evening she announced that even if the snow came down in buckets, she was going into Renfrew in the morning and yes, I could go with her. The old Model T had long since been up on blocks in the drive shed, so Queenie would be hitched to the cutter for the 20 kilometre trip into town. Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peddling eggs, butter and chickens waned during the winter, but that day, under piles of blankets, she was prepared to visit her warm-weather customers so that she could have what was called â&#x20AC;&#x153;egg moneyâ&#x20AC;? back then, because there were things she needed. She had written out a list and we dressed like mummies, with hot bricks at our feet. We set out, just Mother and me,

for the long cold trip into Renfrew. Queenieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breath seemed to freeze in the air and the cutter bit deep into the snow along Northcote Side Road, but the fur rug, wrapped tight to our chins, kept us warm. Mother was in much better spirits than she had been all week, for which I was grateful. We headed right for Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Store after Mother got rid of the chickens, butter and eggs, and her little change purse bulged with coins from her sales. She seemed to know exactly what she was looking for and we headed to the back of the store, pausing for a few seconds on the big iron grate in the middle of the store where heat from the coal furnace puffed up warm air. Here was where the bolts

of materials were stored, on long shelves, like books in a library. Mother said she was there to look at the Dan River cottons. The sales clerk pulled the ďŹ rst pile down off the shelf and Mother asked if she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind bringing down the pile next to it. I knew exactly what she was looking for. This pile had several bolts of Dan River plaids in glorious mauve and pink colours, the colours of spring. Mother lifted one bolt off the pile and put it to her nose. She inhaled as if she was smelling a bouquet of roses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19 cents a yard this week,â&#x20AC;? the sales clerk said, and I knew she was wondering if Mother could spare such a portly sum. She could indeed. Hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we just sold a cutter full of chickens, butter and eggs? We left the store with four pieces of Dan River cotton all in the palest of colours, and even though they had been put into a Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Store paper bag, I could smell the sweetness of the new material

as I carried the parcel back to the cutter. After a stop at the drug store, we headed back to the farm and I sat huddled under the fur rug with the parcel of material clutched tight to my chest.

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We left the store with four pieces of Dan River cotton all in the palest of colours, and even though they had been put into a Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Store paper bag, I could smell the sweetness of the new material as I carried the parcel back to the cutter. After supper, all of us sat around the big pine table, with the exception of Father who was in his usual spot in front of the Findlay Oval, and Mother took out the pieces of Dan River cotton and spread them out before her. They would become house dresses, and blouses for Audrey and me, and would provide many an hour of work for Mother, who would do her magic on the old treadle Singer sewing machine.

ing asked, rolled up two small braided rugs and put them at the bottoms of the doors leading outside and into the summer kitchen. The kitchen was as warm as we could make it. So Father was right. The back of winter had not been broken -- there was more to come. As the storm raged outside, Mother let out a deep sigh and rubbed her hands over the new pieces of Dan River cotton.

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EMC news – The new federal Liberal Party science and technology critic has said he strongly believes that Canada can and must be improved with enhanced science, better technology and a culture of innovation. David McGuinty, MP for Ottawa South was recently named critic for the Liberal corner’s science and technology, federal economic development agency for southern Ontario and federal economic development agency for northern Ontario. He received the new postings a few weeks after he resigned as the natural resources critic because of comments he made to Conservative MPs from Alberta. McGuinty offered his resignation in November and apologized for the comments he made saying that his words in no way reflected the views of his party or leader. “I had a conversation with a journalist. It was a very long discussion and excerpts of the conversation were cut. The comments were made public and it caused a commotion and I decided the best thing was to apologize for any offence it might have caused and step aside from my critic role,” said McGuinty. However, he disagreed his

comments hurt his party’s chances in the Calgary Centre by-election that Conservatives won. “If you look at the results of the Calgary Centre by-election, the reason we lost is because three opposition parties divided the votes and allowed the Conservative candidate to come up the middle,” said McGuinty. “This is a challenge for the 60 per cent of Canadian voters who are progressive in nature.” EXCITED ABOUT NEW ROLE

McGuinty said he would support any moves to bring back the Ottawa-Gatineau region to where it was in early 2000s when the region was receiving 60 to 70 per cent of all venture capital invested in Canada. “We are now down well below 25 per cent and that is unfortunate,” said McGuinty. He said he was pleased to be able to take on this task, that he finds critical and integral to Canada’s success in the future. “Canada in my view is not doing very well on the science and technology front,” he said. “I have a lot of constituents in Ottawa South who work at the National Research Council and at many of the granting agencies and many of them are telling me that fund-


Ottawa South MP David McGuinty has been named new Liberal science and technology critic. He was formerly the party’s natural resources critic. ing for core science is being slashed.” He added that many scientists were being let go but

more troubling is the fact that many in government in particular were being censored and silenced.

“Science and technology for me as a portfolio is an incredible new challenge,” said McGuinty.

Currently, there are still more than 2,000 IT firms in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau area, according to McGuinty. “Science and technology is where the race is. It applies to energy, transport, and infrastructure and we have to ensure we have the smartest most innovative population on the face of the planet. “For me it is integral and foundational to Canada’s existing and future success.” McGuinty suggested that the current government’s approach to science and technology was very much one from the 1950s. “Dig up the oil…to a certain extent, transform it, but sell as much as we can,” he said. “If we want to be better in science and technology, we need a real tangible innovation strategy for the country.” He said he was proud of his brother, former Ontario premier for being the first subnational government in all of North America to create a ministry for research and innovation. “The point is in Canada we are not talking about an innovation strategy or an industrial policy. We are not even looking at the tax system as aggressively as we should be, certainly, as it applies in my view to very important environmental issues like climate change.

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EMC news - Spring is right around the corner - at least according to the calendar – and the Canada Agriculture Museum is looking forward to inviting the public into a new year-round programming space. Until now, the museum, located in the Central Experimental Farm, had to forgo winter activities due to the lack of heated indoor space, but the recent renovation of a heritage building has changed that. The museum’s new Learning Centre is scheduled to open on May 4, and will allow organizers to offer new activities and programs. “Right now the exhibition spaces are closed for winter,” said spokeswoman Kelly Ray. “With this new building we will be offering programming year-round.” The extensive renovation

also added modern plumbing and heat, while leaving the exterior appearance relatively unchanged. The original flooring and sturdy wooden beams also remained. “The renovated heritage building … used to be an old mechanics shop,” said Ray. “We’ve gutted it and added space to the second floor that allows for a 100-seat lecture hall and three learning labs.” Originally constructed in 1930, the building’s new purpose will open up the farm to more visitors looking explore the country’s agricultural roots through museum programming. The inaugural exhibition in the new Learning Centre will be one that holds a distinct appeal to children. Titled A Piece of Cake, the exhibit invites children and adults alike to learn exactly what goes into baking a simple apple cake. By focusing on how each


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Bomb scare leads to traffic chaos downtown Re-routing of buses, snowstorm result in hours of gridlock Steph Willems

EMC news â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The investigation of a suspicious package at the Tom Brown Arena led to a miserable trip home for thousands of westbound commuters on Feb. 19. The subsequent late afternoon closure of both Scott Street and the Transitway in the vicinity of Bayview Station caused vehicle and bus trafďŹ c to be funneled down Somerset Street and Wellington Street West between Lebreton Station and Tunneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pasture. O-Train service was also suspended at Bayview. The sudden re-routing, coupled with the onset of rush hour and a ill-timed snowstorm, led to hours of gridlock in the affected areas and made for the unusual sight of numerous suburban route double-decker OC Transpo buses inching though the centre of Hintonburg. As Bayview Street was also closed between Scott and Wellington, some confused motorists could be seen driving their vehicles

through the non-vehicular intersection of Somerset and Wellington. That intersection has been closed for years, though several vehicles were able to squeeze through the gap in the barriers in order to continue heading west. One man walking east over the Somerset Street Bridge said he had just â&#x20AC;&#x153;escapedâ&#x20AC;? an OC Transpo bus after sitting nearly idle for an hour, and was planning to â&#x20AC;&#x153;save timeâ&#x20AC;? by walking to Bank Street.. A police established a perimeter around Tom Brown Arena following the 2 p.m. call regarding suspected explosives left in a gym bag. OfďŹ cers could also be seen stationed underneath the loading ramp behind the City Centre building. In addition to manning the cordon, ofďŹ cers were kept busy managing trafďŹ c ďŹ&#x201A;ow. Ottawa police lifted the road closures after announcing the resolution of the situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is believed that the contents of the package were pyrotechnics or energy type


Buses lined up along Somerset Street because of road closures of Scott Street and the Transitway near Bayview Station on Feb.19. Police closed the roads because of a bomb scare at the Tom Brown Arena. devices and have been successfully detonated by the Chemical, Biological, Radio-

logical, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) team,â&#x20AC;? police said in a statement issued later

that day. Despite the re-opening of roads and the Transitway, the backlog of vehicles

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OrlĂŠans singers earn Juno nominations Brier Dodge


Greely musician Larry Pegg strums along to a song that will appear on his debut album, which he hopes to release during Mental Health Week in May. The singer-songwriter is currently competing to win the CBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Searchlight contest with his song Weight, which was inspired by his grief from the loss of his daughter to suicide.

Songwriter asks voters to put weight behind Weight EMC news - A Greely musician is hoping his song can help the world put an end to suicide. Larry Pegg wrote his song Weight last October while attending the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention convention in Niagara Falls. The upbeat but emotional song was motivated by the grief heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endured since his daughter died by suicide at the age of 20 in 2007. The songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message, Pegg said, is to convince everyone to slow down and let others help you carry your burden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all carry weight, and there are times when we feel crushed by the burden of it and darkness can become frightening and unbearable,â&#x20AC;? Pegg wrote on his blog. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My objective with this song is to try and help those that have lost hope to reach out and at least to find some comfort in and through the music.â&#x20AC;? Pegg took his song and message to the next level through CBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Searchlight contest, a national competition to find Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next big artist. Under the artist name LPGroove, throughout February Pegg was busy mobilizing an army of voters to help his song win the contest with the promise that all proceeds - from the prize money to future album sales - will support the mental health and suicide prevention cause at large. At press time, the first round of voting had not been concluded to decide which songs made it into the top 20. The songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrics climax with the words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to wait/Just share the weight/ This love is great.â&#x20AC;? Pegg said it captures the feelings of every parent who has endured their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suicide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re screaming out,

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;please wait, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it, come back, we love you,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said through tears at his kitchen table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has become my raison dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;etre.â&#x20AC;? Pegg said that if his song can win the contest, which is currently in its regional voting phase, everyone will win because â&#x20AC;&#x153;the world will be healthier.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;CBC sees it merely as a popularity contest, but I see it as an opportunity to focus the power of the mental health and suicide prevention network, and music.â&#x20AC;? He plans to donate 100 per cent of the prize winnings, including a paid gig in Toronto and the opportunity to make a music video, to mental health causes. The video, he said, would be used as a tool to get the message out that suicide is not the answer. Voters can secure him a spot in the top 20 by Feb. 24 by voting every day until then. If he makes it to the number one spot in Ottawa he will

compete against other regional winners across the country for the national title. But win or lose, Pegg said the contest serves as a convenient platform for suicide prevention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be a way to keep sending the message,â&#x20AC;? he said. After the contest, Pegg plans to release his first album during Mental Health Week in May, featuring Weight and another nine to 13 songs. Titled Before and Afterlife and the Theory of Positivity, the album will feature collaborations with a number of Canadian and international musicians. All proceeds from the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sales will also go to mental health programs, although Pegg hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decided which organizations will benefit from his music. To vote for Weight visit

would listen to us sing,â&#x20AC;? she said of the Alex and Kira show, her performances with another Ottawa artist, Alex Lacasse. Kristina Maria, a Garneau high school graduate, has been successful in both French and English radio with a variety of songs like Co-Pilot getting significant air time.

Her album Tell the World was nominated for pop album of the year alongside Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber, Nelly Furtado and Victoria Duffield. The nominees were announced in Toronto on Feb. 19 for the April 21 awards being presented in Regina.

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Anger grows among contractors over Bill 119 Protest staged outside Catherine Street office of new Labour Minister Naqvi Steph Willems

EMC news - A growing movement against Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bill 119 reached the front door of Ontario Labour Minister Yasir Naqviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce on Feb. 15, as construction contractors protested legislation that they say accomplishes the opposite of the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals. Since going into effect on Jan. 1, construction contractors in the province are required to register with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for coverage, even if they already have private insurance policies. When passed, the provincial Liberals claimed the legislation would help increase workplace safety while tackling the underground construction economy, but opponents say it places an unfair economic burden on both contractors and home buyers while creating conditions that would actually encourage unregulated activities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too much,â&#x20AC;? said organizer and spokesperson Juliette Forgues, who works at Les Fondations Brissons in Casselman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The effect on the construc-

tion industry will be too much of a ďŹ nancial burden. Many are discouraged and are saying they will close their doors. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affecting everybody.â&#x20AC;? Forgues said the extra expense of WSIB coverage over private coverage gives workers no extra protection and simply increases costs that will be reďŹ&#x201A;ected in the cost of services and the ďŹ nal product. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It costs four to ďŹ ve times what workers with private insurance pay,â&#x20AC;? said Forgues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandatory, and people have no choice. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how (the province) could force everybody to pay something like that.â&#x20AC;? On Feb. 13 contractors protested outside the WSIB ofďŹ ces on Kent Street and the Ministry of Labour ofďŹ ces on Preston Street. A website, has been set up, and a protest consisting of workers from across the province has been scheduled for Feb. 28 on the grounds of Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park. Among those outside Naqviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce on Friday were contractors Francoise Latrour and Alain Seguin, who boast 20 and 37 years of construction experience, respectively. The two men say costs of individual services as well as


Construction contractors Alain Seguin, left, and Francoise Latrour joined members of the Ontario construction industry protesting Bill 119 outside the Catherine Street office of Ottawa Centre MPP and provincial Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi on Feb. 15. ďŹ nal home prices could rise between eight and 12 per cent due to the mandatory WSIB coverage. Not only that, they state the coverage provided by the WSIB is fraught with technicalities and do not provide the 24/7 coverage they had with private companies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m already insured, and pay $2,000 per year for 24/7 coverage,â&#x20AC;? said Latrour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With WSIB coverage I will


be charged $8,000 per year for eight hours a day of coverage.â&#x20AC;? Latrour said many seasonal construction workers work longer hours during the summer months and were previously able to buy coverage that suited their work hours. He wants Bill 119 to be reversed to allow those with private insurance to keep their private policies.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to increase the cost of houses, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already high,â&#x20AC;? said Seguin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The economy will suffer. Small contractors will be pushed out of business, while large companies will survive. We have kids â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing this for their future.â&#x20AC;? Naqvi, who was sworn into his cabinet post on Feb. 11, said he is learning about the issue in more detail.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My role as Minister of Labour is to improve the health and safety of all workers in Ontario and also reduce the underground economy,â&#x20AC;? said Naqvi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen many examples â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the construction sector in particular is prone to injuries â&#x20AC;Ś and we need to take precautions to prevent these.â&#x20AC;? When pressed on the issue of Bill 119, which Naqviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website lists as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;legislative achievementâ&#x20AC;? that will â&#x20AC;&#x153;strengthen the skills, health and prosperity of Ontarians,â&#x20AC;? Naqvi stated he was open to dialogue on the matter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ministry of Labour is working very closely with interested stakeholders to progressively implement all aspects of this legislation,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a result of the conversations there have been concessions. We are looking at engaging further to ensure we do get it right.â&#x20AC;? Forgues isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t certain the best interests of the construction industry was ďŹ rst and foremost in the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind when the legislation was passed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody knows the province has a deďŹ cit of $14 billion,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The province) needs the money, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying this will bring in $300 million in revenue. Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paying for that? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everybody whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buying a new home and the contractors who build it.â&#x20AC;?

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Did you know? Degus are native to the western FOOTHILLSOFTHE!NDESIN3OUTH!MERICA Did you know? Degus have good vision and are sensitive to green and ultraviolet light. Behavioral experiments have shown that degus are able to discriminate ultraviolet light from the wavelengths visible to humans; it is likely that this ultraviolet sensitivity has a social function, since both their stomach fur and their urine are highly UV reďŹ&#x201A;ective. Degus are strictly herbivorous, feeding on grasses and browsing the leaves of shrubs, and seeds. They are intolerant of dietary sugar. Degus are highly susceptible to developing diabetes when fed regularly on a diet containing sugar. Captive degus need plenty of space to exhibit a full range of normal behaviours. They do best in a metal cage with multiple levels made for rats and secured double latches. It is important to line the levels with grass mats or a soft fabric so that the degus do not get bumble feet. It is important never to try to catch a degu by the tail because it will fall off easily and is painful to the creature. If this occurs it will not grow back. Degus often â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;groomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; their human owners, by a gentle nibbling action, and readily bond with any person spending time with them. Degus will bathe themselves if given a bowl of chinchilla dust weekly.

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Degus are about the size of a pet rat with a long furry tail, large yes, and mouse-like ears. They make great pets because although they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to be handled, they enjoy human companionship and vocalize with excited chittering or gentle coos to keep you entertained for hours. Degus are highly social animals that are happiest when sharing their habitat with another degu. If possible, keep a pair of the same sex. General Care: s $EGUSNEEDASPACIOUSCAGEWITHASOLIDBOTTOM s 4HECAGENEEDSSHAVINGS AHIDINGBOX FOOD bowls, a water bottle s $EGUSEATPELLETS HAY ANDLIKETOGNAWONOBJECTS s !LARGEEXERCISEWHEELWITHASOLIDSURFACEIS perfect for degus In the wild Degus live in burrows, and by digging communally, they are able to construct larger and more elaborate burrows than they could on their own. Degus digging together coordinate their activities, forming digging chains. They spend a large amount of time on the surface, foraging for food. Degus have a wide array of communication techniques. They have an elaborate vocal repertoire comprising up to 15 unique sounds. Did you know? Degus live from ďŹ ve to ten years, and are prone to diabetes. Never feed a degu fruit or other foods containing sugar, honey, or molasses.


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Grant to strengthen community Jennifer McIntosh

EMC news - A grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will help to provide programming for single parents, at-risk youth and seniors. The $122,000 grant was presented to the Social Planning Council of Ottawa and Jewish Family Services at the family services office on Carling Avenue on Jan. 15. The monies will be provided over two years to help with mentoring and support to Ottawa Somaliland community services, Canada Nepal Solidarity for Peace, Cooperation Integration Canada, La CoopĂŠrative Enseignants Pas Ă Pas and the Shia Moslem community. The grant will also provide seed funding to implement new programs for at-risk youth and single parents in Ottawa. Jewish Family Services director Mark Zarecki said the two larger agencies could provide support in the setting up of boards and volunteer management. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great chance for us to work with smaller agencies in a way we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been able to before,â&#x20AC;? Zarecki said adding that another Trillium grant has helped increase revenues from their counselling services, allowing them to provide better services to low-income clients that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay the fees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any time we get Trillium funding it helps us to attain program goals,â&#x20AC;? he said.


Mark Zarecki, the director of Jewish Family Services, introduces the crowd to the Ontario Trillium Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sherry Franklin, who congratulated the agency on garnering more than $120,000 to help strengthen local partnerships. The announcement was made at the Jewish Family Services office Bob Chiarelli, the MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, made the announcement and said the organizations working in Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communities are the glue that holds the city together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am pleased that with the help of this funding, our community partners will be able to enhance their services and continue to offer high quality programs for families in Ottawa,â&#x20AC;? he said. Sherry Franklin, a represen-

tative of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, said the foundation gives out $120 million annually to projects that make better and more vibrant communities. Howard Cohen, from the Social Planning Council of Ottawa said the money will help new immigrants and teachers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the partnership continues and we make a better city,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Celebrate Women -- join us for entertainment, refreshments and friendship. Learn how educating girls builds economic growth and healthier, stronger societies. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at 101 Centrepointe Dr. and will feature former senator Landon Pearson as speaker. For tickets and info, visit or call 613-728-9770

The Ottawa Humane Society Auxiliary will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the society’s shelter at 245 West Hunt Club Rd. New members are welcome. The auxiliary raises money to help the animals at the shelter and has a very active craft group. For more information, call 613-823-6770.

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. The Ottawa Newcomers’ Club would like to welcome all existing and any potential new members to its monthly meeting at Biagio’s Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Rd. Beginning with a social at 11:30 a.m., the two-course luncheon is $22. The meeting will feature guest speakers Mia Overduin and Peggy Rasmussen of Grandmothers Helping Grandmothers, who will talk about their work in helping the orphaned children of AIDS victims in Africa. The Ottawa Newcomers’ Club is open to all women new to the Ottawa area or having recently experienced a change in lifestyle (retirement, loss of spouse, etc.). To reserve for the luncheon, contact Barb Vogan at 613-837-2520 or To find out more about the club, visit

March 13 The Christian Women’s Central Club invites you to March’s dessert buffet. A fashion show will feature spring and summer fashions from Zacks & Cazza Petites. Music will be provided by vocalist Andrea Nicholls, while Orleans speaker Evelyn Hollinger will be talking about the theme of “friends”. Admission is $6, $2 for first-time attendees. It all takes place at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, located at 971 Woodroffe Ave. RSVP by calling 613-692-6290. All women are welcome!

March 20 Heritage Ottawa presents a free public lecture on the topic of Rediscovering Lowertown. This event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium 120 Metcalfe St. Built on a swamp between the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal and north of the “sandy hill,” Lowertown and the Byward Market became a workers’ paradise as it matured in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. It was almost obliterated by ill-conceived urban renewal and transportation schemes in the ’60s and early ’70s and continues to struggle to this day to survive despite being designated as an important heritage area. Marc Aubin, a sixth generation resident of Lowertown and president of the Lowertown Community Association, along with fellow members, will share perspectives on the community’s successes and challenges in



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protecting and restoring the area’s heritage. Lecture will be in English. Questions are welcome in either official language. For more information, email, call 613-230-8841 or visit

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@ or visit

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

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

visit The Ottawa Pub Dart League plays from October to April at various venues in the city. If you are interested in joining or venue sponsorship, please visit Discover the unique thrill of singing four-part harmony with a group of fun-loving women who enjoy making music together. Regular rehearsals on Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. For information call Muriel Gidley at 613-590-0260 or visit 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. You can also visit us online at

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

lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. Drop in and check it out. For info call Shirley at 613-225-8089.

Tuesdays & Fridays Tai Chi at Roy Hobbs Community Centre, 109 Larch Cres. on Tuesdays, except first Tuesday of each month, for beginner/intermediate levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Fridays for intermediate/advanced levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Contact Lorne at 613824-6864 for details.

Wednesdays 632 Phoenix Royal Air Cadet Squadron meets every Wednesday evening 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph school, 6664 Carriere St. Open to youth age 12 to 18. No registration fee to join, however fundraising is required. Visit 632aircadets. com for more information. Drop-in playgroup for moms with children four years-old and under runs each Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at East Gate Alliance Church, 550 Codds’ Rd. Come for a casual time of play and circle time. More information is available at Faith Friends Kids’ Club runs each Wednesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the East Gate Alliance Church, 550 Codd’s Rd. Activities include Bible stories and games. Children ages four to 11 years-old are invited to join. More information is available at eastgatealliance. ca or by calling 613-7440682.

Fridays Five-pin bowling league encourages senior citizens over the age of 50 to participate in an activity that provides regular moderate exercise. There is no registration fee.

The league is a fun, noncompetitive league; experience is not required. Bowling takes place between 1 and 3 p.m. at Walkley Bowling Centre, 2092 Walkley Rd. Participants are placed on mixed four-person teams. To register, please call Roy or Jean Hoban at 613-731-6526.

Ongoing The Ottawa Newcomers Club is designed to help women new to Ottawa or in a new life situation acclimatize by enjoying the company of other women with similar interests. We have morning, afternoon and evening events such as skiing, Scrabble, bridge, fun lunches, book clubs, Gallery tours, dinner club, and crafts. For more information visit our website at www.ottawanewcomersclub. ca or call 613-860-0548. In Harmony, a woman’s chorus, is welcoming new members. Practices are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Call 613-722-0066. Want to meet new friends? Have a great workout? Come to The MET (Metropolitan Bible Church) every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. for a free women’s fitness class with a certified fitness instructor. Includes a fiveminute inspirational fit tip. Any questions? Contact the church office at 613-2388182. Westboro Nursery School – Spaces available for 30 month olds to five year olds. We are a parent cooperative preschool located in the Dovercourt Community Centre, staffed by Registered ECE’s. Our play based curriculum includes intro to French, sign language, school readiness, music, daily outdoor play and more. Visit, email wns@ or call 613-860-1522 for details.

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Check the lineup for Summer Camp Discover the camps for children and youth that are being planned in your neighbourhood and across the city. Register before June 10 to be entered in a draw to win a free week of camp. Fifty winners will be selected.

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