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EMC news - The next public consultation concerning redevelopment on the former Rockcliffe air base is set to take place in May. Development planning for the former Canadian Forces Base Rockcliffe is moving ahead as scheduled, with the Canada Lands Company prepared to hold its second public consultation at the Hampton Inn in Overbrook on May 25. According to Don Schultz, a director for Canada Lands, the consultation will offer area residents the chance to roll up their sleeves and participate in a workshop that will showcase preliminary designs for the new site. “We are working on different design ideas for the new community,” Schultz said.

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Finalists of the War of 1812 monument competition were unveiled. –Page 27

“We are going to want to hear from people in response to the different alternative design ideas and we are going to want to find out what they think are the positive aspects of these designs.” The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and residents wishing to attend must pre-register online at www.clcrockcliffe.ca, or by calling Schultz at 613-9987765. If residents do not have all day to spend discussing design elements, Schultz said not to worry as his team has constructed the consultation to meet anyone’s needs, with a less formal, drop in option available where people can meet with Rockcliffe Lands team members, look at the designs and updates since the last public consultation took place in November.

EMC news - A large, modern addition to Mutchmor Public School in the Glebe is fine by the city’s new heritage committee on March 20. The 789-square-metre, twostorey addition will deal with overcrowding at the school by adding at least nine new classrooms where there is currently a paved yard. There is also a possibil-

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Nepean resident Ryan Androsoff poses with his start-up’s first bus arrival time display board, located at the Treats coffee shop at Albert and Kent in Centretown.

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EMC news - Software developers from Nepean and Barrhaven beat the city by a year by putting a digital board displaying bus times at a Centretown coffee shop. If Ryan Androsoff of Nepean and Sean Kibbee of Barrhaven are successful in expanding their company, Beyond 2.0, and putting more boards in Ottawa businesses, they will also be the first entrepreneurs to build a business based on the city’s open data program. The display is located in a Treats coffee shop at the corner of Albert and Kent streets in the business district. “It occurred to us if you’re sitting in a coffee shop, it would be great if you could look over at the wall and find out when the next bus is coming, especially in an Ottawa winter so you don’t have to wait in the cold,” Androsoff said. “Sean and I are both transit users and we both deal with that in our daily commutes.” It’s a win-win situation for the coffee shop, said owner Adib El-Khoury. People come in to check out the bus times and buy a coffee while the wait inside in the warmth, he said. Nepean resident John Scanlon said the display board is one of the reasons he chooses to come to the Treats shop. “I quite like it,” he said. “It lets me know if I have to scarf down my food.” The city began making data streams on everything from the city’s cycling network to flu-clinic times and locations freely available in 2010. GPS locations for OC Transpo buses came along last year and hobbyist developers released a number of mobile applications and websites that use the information to let riders know when their next bus will arrive. Kibbee was one of those developers, and along with his friend, Androsoff, wondered if there might be an opportunity for savvy entrepreneurs such as themselves to build a business – and maybe an entire segment of the local economy – around making open data useful to people. The duo began talking about the idea last fall, but really got down to work in January, Androsoff said. With the building blocks of Kibbee’s OCBusTracker.com website, Beyond 2.0 created the display board prototype in about six weeks. The city is likely a year or more away from

putting similar displays into transit stations, said Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney, who sits on the transit commission and heads up its subcommittee on technology. Tierney applauded Androsoff and Kibbee’s work and said he hopes to see more businesses spring out of the city’s open data venture. “I’m very, very supportive and happy,” Tierney said. “I encourage other entrepreneurs and businesses o get involved in this and start putting boards up all over the place if they want. There is little chance of Beyond 2.0 actually partnering with the city to offer the display boards in transit stations or on city property because the city has already chosen a company to do that. Part of the reason is that there are many hoops to jump through when it comes to doing something for the city, include stakeholder engagement and bilingualism requirements, Tierney said. In that way, it’s not a competition, he added – companies like Beyond 2.0 can meet a need for businesses, while the city can focus on its own transit stations and buildings. That type of collaboration is the spirit of the open data movement, Androsoff said. Androsoff and Kibbee plan to enter their innovation into an open-data contest the city is currently running called Apps 4 Ottawa. If the test board at the Treats coffee shop is successful, Beyond 2.0 would look at adding bus arrival time boards at other businesses that are interested. Adding the bus-location capability to existing digital displays in places like doctors’ offices is another possibility, Androsoff said. Business owners can head to www.beyond20.ca to fill out a pre-registration form if they would like to be considered as a location for future bus arrival boards in the coming months. Eventually, the pair could look at other open data streams offered by the city, province, federal government or even international agencies, Androsoff said. “The opportunities are limitless,” he said. Other companies have tried to make a go of a similar venture in other cities, but Androsoff hasn’t found anyone who successfully built a company around the concept. Still, with digital technology and Wi-Fi becoming more affordable, building a business around data is now a real possibility, Androsoff said.

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New committee OKs converting office into hotel Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - The Union du Canada building on Dalhousie might be an iconic part of Lowertown’s skyline, but it’s not an attractive part, the city’s new heritage committee says. The committee, which is made up of four councillors and three members of the public, supported a renovation to update the 1960s-era tower at the corner of York Street by adding four floors and converting it into a hotel. The project is a good example of the adaptive re-use of an existing building in the heritage district, and the changes are warranted because the 11-storey office tower doesn’t relate to the other heritage buildings in the area. Since it’s already out of place among the early 19th-century lowrise buildings that dominate the ByWard Market, it might as well become taller and more attractive, city heritage staff recommended. The committee unanimously agreed. “It clearly is out of scale and not sympathetic to the neighbours … we wouldn’t approve it today,” said Leo (Sandy) Smallwood, a public member of the committee. “It has now developed as part of the context of the neighbourhood.” Changing the building and ensuring it continues to be used will “strengthen the story of Lowertown,” said Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder, chairwoman of the built heritage subcommittee. The decision must still receive the approval of the planning committee

and city council. But community members are bemoaning the loss of a piece of Lowertown’s francophone heritage. The building and its predecessor at 325 Dalhousie St. were the home of the local francophone movement for almost 150 years, said Lowertown Community Association president Marc Aubin in a press release. “This organization, started as a mutual aid society, was involved in the francophone community’s struggles to protect its linguistic and educational rights and to resist the assimilation of French-Canadians in Ontario,” Aubin wrote. A heritage assessment of the building that was included as part of the heritage conservation district for the area in the early 1990s rated the Union du Canada building as having little to no heritage value. That review was conducted more than 20 years ago, said Lowertown Community Association member Mario Gasperetti, when there was a different understanding of “heritage value.” “I fear that council seems to be making decisions based on a very old document that might not reflect current ideas about architecture,” he told the committee on March 20. Indeed, heritage staff and councillors noted that Ottawa recently designated an entire district of buildings from the same era in the east-end Briarcliffe neighbourhood, making the city one of, if not the first in Canada to recognize an entire district of mid-century buildings as “heritage.” Katherine Grechuta from Fotenn, a planning consultant who represents

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The 11-storey Union du Canada building is set to get a bit taller – and prettier, the built heritage subcommittee hopes. On March 20 the committee supported developer Claridge’s plans to convert the former office tower into a hotel. the developer, Claridge, said the heritage impact study the developer had to conduct found changing the building would not impact the rest of the heritage district in the ByWard

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Market, so Claridge wants to convert it to have “a more modern response to the exterior.” Grechuta said the conversion will make the tall building fit in more harmoniously with the streetscape. The city is requiring Claridge to install a plaque inside the lobby describing the building’s heritage. Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs, who sits on the committee, worried that the changes would eradicate an element of the building that architectural experts consider to be an artistic achievement: the angled windows. The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, among others, wrote to councillors urging them to consider respecting the work of Laure Major,

an artist who created two murals in the lobby of the building, and who also collaborated with the architect, Louis Lapierre, to create the unique pattern of the reflective windows. Jim Burghout of Claridge said the windows are in bad shape and must be replaced anyway, but the angled pattern doesn’t lend itself to the building’s use as a hotel, so the angled pattern won’t be replicated. The project also includes a neighbouring condo tower that will be debated separately at an upcoming planning committee meeting. The local councillor, Mathieu Fleury, was unable to comment on the plans because he has a conflict of interest due to his father’s employment with Claridge.

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Residents get second look at Beechwood fire site plans Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Traffic and retail space remained top priorities for those residents who attended the most recent Beechwood fire site meeting in New Edinburgh on March 19. At the city-led public consultation for a proposed eight-storey mixed use building to be located at 7-23 Beechwood Ave. and 409-411 McKay St., residents expressed concerns about parking, traffic and a lack of retail space after looking at the updated designs. “If you turn all the traffic out to McKay, you are going to put a lot of pressure on that street,” said David Sacks, president of the New Edinburgh Community Alliance, at the St. Bartholomew’s hall event. Consulting firm Delcan prepared the traffic analysis for the site and Ron Jack, vice president of the Ottawa office, attended the meeting to discuss the findings with residents. “This project is located on a good transit corridor,” Jack said. In total, according to Delcan, it’s estimated 30 to 45 cars worth of traffic per hour will be generated by the building, with a peak of 60 per hour during rush hour. “The reality is we are sneaking up to one million in population in Ottawa and the traffic that we have now is the best its going to be,” Jack said, adding transit will help ease this concern. Units will more than likely be purchased by people seeking to downsize, or younger professionals who do not own a car or prefer to use transit Jack said. The design of the Minto build-

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Residents from the five communities that share Beechwood Avenue attend the city’s public consultation on a development proposal for the Beechwood fire site, 7-23 Beechwood Ave., 409-411 McKay St. by Minto Group. ing is an eight-storey mixed-use development with retail planned for Beechwood Avenue. It also features an open courtyard at the corner of Beechwood and McKay with residential space facing McKay Street. Preliminary plans predict 157 residential units and 188 parking spaces, with some surface parking at the rear of the building for the retail stores, accessed on McKay Street. The building design is a glass and concrete structure, stepping back from the street five-storeys up, to give the appearance of a smaller building. One of the biggest concerns for residents is the proposed driveway

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used to access the building. “It’s a weak point already,” Sacks said. “If you reduce the driveway or parking, the city will have to limit parking on McKay, which reduces our assurances we have been getting from you that there will be enough parking surrounding the building.” Many of the concerns raised will be addressed during the city’s site plan review process, said Bliss Edwards, the city planner working on the project. This did not ease the minds of residents gathered at the event however, with many continually raising the same issues during the question and

answer period. Minto presented its proposal at the top of the meeting, which featured small changes from the initial design presented to the public in January at a community association-led consultation. Included in these are spaces for more retail stores on the site, additional sidewalk space along Beechwood and McKay and adjustments to the building materials that make the brick portions lighter. Brent Strachan, vice president of development at Minto, said the developer is currently entertaining the retail prospective for the site. Architect Prishram Jain from the

Toronto firm TACT Architecture Inc. said he has designed a building aimed to fit into the neighbourhood. Some residents said they didn’t believe he had met that goal. “Everything seems out of touch, what fits?” Katherine Greer-Close said. Jain answered it was his professional opinion that the colour, look and feel of the building was complementary to the street. Some in the crowd said they appreciated the design, including New Edinburgh resident Dale Smith, who used to own an art gallery on Beechwood. “I don’t mind the colour, Beechwood is a monochromatic street and I think that when you get used to this, it will be OK,” Smith said. “I’m encouraged that Minto has responded to some of our concerns, I’m hopeful this will continue.” Smith went on to say that she is older and more inclined to like something typical of what was built three years ago, but that she is also a pragmatist and the new building will find its place in the neighbourhood. A desire to see retailers return to the location was also expressed by residents. Since the March 2011 fire that devastated the site, a local food service, watch repair shop, dry cleaners, barber shop, diner and a Home Hardware store were lost. Residents pleaded with the Minto representatives at the meeting to bring back small, local shops to the area. Building on the site would not be complete until late 2015 to early 2016. Strachan also informed the crowd that the purchase for the site is not yet final.

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Glebe Annex announces executive committee Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - One of the founders of the newly created Glebe Annex Community Association has been named its new president. Sylvia Milne, who along with Sue Stefko and Peggy Kampouris laid much of the foundation of the fledgling community association, was elected as its new president. “It’s great, I’m excited and there is lots going on for us right now,” Milne said. Chris McCann was elected as vice-president and Lisa Fury, who served as the secretary at the association’s first official meet and greet meeting on Feb. 6, has been named the association’s official secretary. The position of treasurer remains vacant, a position Milne said she hopes

someone from the larger membership will be willing to fill. Currently, the membership for the small neighbourhood west of the Glebe is sitting at 75, a number which Milne said is growing almost daily. The association’s constitution was completed in time for the March 20 meeting and was approved by its members. The board will meet every last Wednesday of the month, with its first meeting set for May 1. The location is still to be determined, as Milne explained residents would like the meetings to take place in their community, but a lack of community facilities or space is making that difficult. A condominium development at Cambridge Street and Carling Avenue, the LakeLander, has offered the board use of its

guest suite once a month, but it may not be available for the May meeting. Milne said residents and members can contact the board for confirmation on where the meeting will be held.

The next steps for the association will be to open a bank account followed by a membership drive. The constitution, Milne said, states that membership for the first year will be voluntary, but afterwards it will cost members $10 per year. As of March, the board is also an active member of the Federation of Community Associations. Contact FILE info@glebeannex.ca for The Glebe Annex Community Association announced its new board on more information about the March 20. One of the founders of the newly built community associanew association. tion, Sylvia Milne, centre, has been voted in as president.

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the problem. The greenhouse gas roundtable was set up following months of pressure from a loosely connected group of activists who have been mounting a campaign using Twitter and other social media. Activists were pressing the city to meet its committment to come up with a new climate-change action plan that included clear greenhouse gas reduction targets and a timetable for that plan. The question remains, what kind of actions can the city unilaterally take in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easily overturned by the provincial and federal government â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially if these actions are ones that lie outside municipalities purview. The City of Ottawa did not need to shell out money and waste time hosting a meeting that ultimately will result in another letter-writing campaign and perhaps small changes to building design requirements, city vehicle fleets or wastemanagement practices. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time would be better spent holding a forum discussing its trash collection policy or the need to address the municipalityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aging infrastructure problem.

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ast week it was revealed that there are now two apps to tell you when your bus will arrive. Apparently one was not enough and someone felt the need to come up with a better one. This is the way our economy works nowadays. Most of the time and energy available to our inventors, entrepreneurs and marketers is now spent developing things for phones. Some of them are useful, some of them are just fun. Yet just about the time we get comfortable with them, our inventors, entrepreneurs and marketers come up with new phones. Our old ones are obsolete. The entire economy stands or falls on this stuff now and we might as well get used to it. Sure, some people think that what we need is more factories, better crops, better vaccines, more alternate sources of energy, improved schools and hospitals. Never mind. What we get is better phones. And more apps for them. There is an app that works like a flashlight, which is pretty useful, and I have musician friends whose phones contain the chord progressions for hundreds of tunes. But there is also an app that allows you to use hypnotherapy to improve

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town your golf game, an app that allows you to construct imaginary road networks, an app that helps you to manage your wine cellar and an app that will tell you how long your battery will last. Thousands more apps are in existence, millions more are on the way and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop them. Besides, the economy would crumble if we did and there may not be an app to save it yet. So we might as well go with the flow and begin to search for new apps that will make our city life more bearable. What more can our phones do for us? (Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say â&#x20AC;&#x153;enable us to make telephone calls,â&#x20AC;? because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such an outdated concept.) Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start with the snowplow app. It Published weekly by:

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would tell you when the city plows are approaching your street, so that you can move your car. The bolder among you might use the app to tell you when to stand by the curb imploring the operator not to leave the mountain of snow at the end of your driveway. In the spring, an app can tell you when the spiders are invading your barbecue. In summer, the mosquito app can tell you when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe to go outside. When fall comes, the maple tree app will tell you when the last leaf is about to fall and you can finally go out and rake. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that you could discover these things just by going outside and looking around, but whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the fun in that when you can do it on your phone? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the one that shows how long you will be on hold when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to phone the phone company. More serious phone apps are just awaiting development Just think how useful it would be if an app told you when the next condo will arrive. If you are one of those who think that condos are even worse than spiders in the barbecue, the app would give you time to organize and put you in immediate touch with city council so that condo construction can

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be stopped. Never mind, for the moment, that condo builders have an app that puts them in immediate touch with the Ontario Municipal Board so that city councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision can be overturned. A good traffic app would be helpful, to give you the information you now get from the radio. This tells you about a traffic jam that is no longer a traffic jam by the time you get to it. The app will warn of traffic jams that are expected next Wednesday and, when you are stuck in one anyway, enable you to manage your wine cellar while you wait.

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the addition will only touch the older portion of the school where the entrance is constructed on Fifth Avenue. That will help preserve the integrity of the heritage building, Collins said. The flat-roofed addition was designed by local architect Barry Hobin and features large windows and coloured metal panels, as well as red brick to match the rest of the building. Collins said she supports the proposed addition because its modern, glass-filled design is sympathetic to and distinct from the heritage portion of the school. “It is physically and visually compatible to the original building, and it’s subordinate… it’s lower, and it’s distinguishable as a modern addition,” Collins said. Local advocacy group Heritage Ottawa supports the design of the addi-

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The city’s new built heritage subcommittee approved a twostorey addition to add at least nine classrooms At Mutchmor Public School. tion.The addition will also make the school more accessible. The entrance will feature a ramp and there will be an elevator in the addition. The project is set to cost the public school board $7 million, although the final figure won’t be known until the design is approved by planning committee and council. Construction is supposed to take between 11 and 14 months and will be completed by September of 2014.

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anada is fat. No, I don’t mean phat, as in “cool.” Although we’re that as well, on occasion. Canadians are fat, as in largewaisted. And about a quarter of us are really fat, as in obese. One quarter! According to researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, if we keep going the way we are, the obesity numbers will double by 2030, which means every second one of us will be shopping in the plus-sizes section. This is not a vanity issue. Obesity affects everything, including public health, the economy and mental well-being. People that are obese are more likely to suffer from stroke, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and depression. As a result, obesity affects workplace productivity, personal relationships and it’s proving to be a huge drain on our tax dollars. Imagine half of us being in this condition in less than 20 years. The answers are complex. There are many things contributing to the obesity epidemic: what we eat, our working conditions, the amount of time we spend in front of screens. But another key contributor is just starting to receive some mainstream attention -- where we live. A number of studies over the past two decades have linked higher rates of obesity to the urban lifestyle. Over-reliance on cars, urban sprawl, longer commutes and lack of access to green space are proven deterrents to active lifestyles. Green space, in particular, is essential to keeping our waistlines trim.

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse So while obesity obviously falls under the purview of public health and food regulators, it’s also an issue to be carefully considered by urban planners. Ottawa’s overweight and obesity statistics are on par with the national average. This is surprising in a way because I always consider Ottawa to be a relatively green city. We have a number of vast public parks, a relatively sophisticated (and everimproving) bike-lane system and we’re all within spitting distance of Gatineau Park. But as the city goes forward to think about tackling obesity in a complex way, it must consider how to incorporate even more green into that plan. It’s one of the reasons the Kettle Island Bridge – currently one of three potential commuter routes under consideration by the National Capital Commission – is inherently flawed. The plan – if it were to go forward – would see a bridge built east of downtown, with the goal of diverting three thousand cars twice daily, plus transport trucks away from the urban core. Instead, the NCC feels that heavy traffic cutting through a vast and unique green area surrounding the Rockcliffe and Aviation Parkways is a positive

solution. In the interest of full disclosure, I happen to live in one of the neighbourhoods that would be affected by the bridge. And you know, one of the reasons I was surprised to discover that Ottawa’s as fat as the rest of the country is because I don’t see that many fat people here. We’re a pretty active community. The day of the most recent snowstorm, I saw two of my neighbours decked out for winter and cycling to work. Come spring, anyone walking through our neighbourhood would think people are home all day because of the number of cars parked in the driveway. But no: People are actually actively commuting. I think I’ve written before about my friend a few doors down who jogs the six kilometres home from work each day. I’d need three hands to count the number of bicycle commuters. Even the retirees in my neighbourhood are out daily walking, running, cross-country skiing – not only does this mean they’re not sitting at home getting fat, but they’re also not feeling isolated and depressed, two further benefits of protecting green space. So as the NCC continues its deliberations, the impact on the health of our communities needs to be one of the top considerations. After all, unless we are content to look like the characters in the film WALL-E within the next 17 years, urban planners need to increase and protect green space – not slash through it with another conduit for motor vehicles.

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Vanier artist looking to create connections Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - If you have a K1L postal code and you are creative, one Vanier resident is looking to reach out to you to help create the community’s first artists’ registry. Arts Vanier is for all the artists, arts organizations and arts-related industry in Vanier. Longtime artist and area resident Geoff Derry has launched this project to help Vanier artists. “All artists fall into a void somehow,” Derry said. “We all end up working alone and feeling like we are alone. It is important to know that we aren’t.” A member of the Vanier Community Association, Derry has long been a voice for arts, making sure events held by the association and other community organizations in the area keep artists in mind. The idea for a registry grew out of those efforts, Derry said, as each event came and went he continued to want to reach out to more artists. “Eventually, after trying to figure out how to create some kind of useful list of local artists I asked the board if I could use our mailing list to start

generating this idea,” he said. The registry is aimed at including all arts as best as it can. “That means not just visual artists, but musicians, writers, actors, and others,” he said. Derry explained there are several reasons for gathering this information including communication with the city, provincial or federal governments, or organizations such as the United Way, helping to show the proliferation of the arts in the neighbourhood. One thing Derry is hoping the registry will accomplish is to help with funding requests and procuring support for community activities. The registry will also provide artists the opportunities to connect with each other and help facilitate collectives and groups. “We’ll be able to hook you up with people that are looking for an artist for various things like a mural, music for an event, a writer, photographer,” Derry said. “It’s also important to show the business community how big a thing this is in their neighbourhood. This is something they should take into account when they make their plans.” If nothing else, it gives even

amateur artists a chance for a modicum of recognition Derry said. The registry could also help new artists, or old ones with promotion. “I think, perhaps more importantly, the registry can facilitate associations of amateur and professional artists,” he said. Derry is hoping the registry will help him find potential participants for events at the summer Vanier Farmers’ Market. So far, Derry, a mixed media artist, said he has already connected with one Vanier artist he did not know before started the registry. “It’s a start,” Derry said. “It’s definitely a start.” Artists can become a part of the list by emailing artsvanier@gmail.com and sending as much information about themselves as possible: who they are, what they do and contact information. “If you are unsure of whether this applies to you, write and ask. It probably does. If you feel left out because you live on the wrong side of Beechwood or Ducharme, write. If you are in the general neighbourhood, we will include you.”


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EMC news - A Canadian managed to win over the hearts of voters during the Museum of Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent Dino Idol contest - a dinosaur nicknamed Canadian Club, that is. The museum launched the contest in February, inviting patrons visiting its dinosaur exhibition to participate in choosing the next research project. With more than 200 burlap and plaster packages - referred to as field jackets - to choose from at the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storage facility in Gatineau, dinosaur paleontologist Jordan Mallon decided to ask the public to pick the latest encasing to study. The contest featured five dinosaur specimens gathered

in the early part of last century and the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s researchers only have a vague idea whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inside each field jacket. The one nicknamed Canadian Club garnered the most votes during the competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our visitors were clearly drawn to Canadian Club, although each candidate was selected to provide something interesting to uncover,â&#x20AC;? Mallon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The field notes from when Canadian Club was collected say the fossil includes the hips, tail and club of an ankylosaur. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unusual to find these parts articulated or attached, so if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the case it could provide more information about this dinosaurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anatomy.â&#x20AC;? All the specimens were collected by fossil hunter Charles H. Sternberg and his three sons. Each casing has been in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possession since the Sternbergs uncovered them in the early 1900s. All the information the museum has on the field jackets are from the Sternbergsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; field notes.

Canadian Club was collected in 1915 and its plaster casing weighs 300 kilograms. The museum will begin opening the fossil and will be prepared for study and eventual display at the museum, a process which could take anywhere from a few months to an entire year to complete. The four other candidates were Regal Ed, a partial skeleton of a duck-billed dinosaur, Stumpy, the skull of a horned dinosaur that has resorbed (a re-distribution of the hornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calcium for other purposes in the body i.e. laying eggs, injuries) its entire right brow horn, Mystery Jaw, which may be a carnivorous dinosaur jaw, and Headrosaur, the skull of another duck-billed dinosaur researchers believe could be something never before seen. In anticipation of opening any one of the candidates, Mallon had said before the contest that he was excited about the prospect of any of the castings being opened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teeth, claws, clubs, there is a variety to choose from,â&#x20AC;?

he said. In winning the contest, Canadian Club received 36 per cent of the votes. Mystery Jaw was the runner up with 25 per cent of the votes, Stumpy brought in 18 per cent, Regal Ed received 11 per cent and Headrosaur got 10 per cent. Canadian Club was collected in what is now known as Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta. The museum said it will share Canadian Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening, preparation and study on a blog at www.nature.ca.

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EMC news - The Grassroots Festival has switched locations due to a leak in the Montgomery Legionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof. The festival was planned to take place at the Kent Street facility on April 27 and 28, but repairs to the legionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof, which was damaged this winter, will not be complete in time said festival organizer Robert Nesbitt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Repairs after a severe roof leak in the winter are taking longer than expected to complete and the legion will not be ready for us by the end of April,â&#x20AC;? Nesbitt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is really nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fault; it is just Mother Nature at work.â&#x20AC;? The legion, Nesbitt added, has helped the festival organizers find a new venue, which will be the Rideau Curling Club. The Grassroots Festival announced its lineup on March 6, which has expanded to a two-day event after a successful inaugural year in 2012. In total, there will be 120 musical performances, including performances from Ana Miura, Amanda Rheaume, Wendell Ferguson and Suzie Vinnick on Saturday night. Sunday night will feature Andy Rush, The Weekend Choir and Big Soul Project. Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert will help raise money for CKCU FM, a volunteer-run radio station in Ottawa. For music lovers or learners, there will be more than 34 hours of free entertainment during the daytime with multiple opportunities to learn a

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&OR EXAMPLE WORK HAS ALREADY begun on installing more accessible features in City facilities. We have also published an Older Adult Activity Guide to connect residents with recreation programs. You will soon start to see improvements made for pedestrian safety, access to volunteer opportunities and a wide range of other areas to enrich the lives of older adults. This is just the beginning, but we are on the right track. In fact, we were recently recognized by the World Health Organization, which added Ottawa as a member of its 'LOBAL .ETWORK OF !GE &RIENDLY Cities. If you are interested in reading the Older Adult Action Plan, printed copies are available by calling 3-1-1 or e-mailing seniors@ottawa. ca. You can also ďŹ nd out more by visiting ottawa.ca/seniors.

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soléa: STEPPING OUT OF PAIN AND INTO STYLE When Ian Colquhoun and his team opened soléa in Ottawa at 943 Carling Avenue ten years ago, they had no idea how the community would take to the concept of offering both pedorthic services of a Certified Pedorthist and the largest selection of fine comfort footwear in Ottawa at one convenient location. After a decade and thousands of satisfied clients with happier feet, they have their answer. First, for the uninitiated, a Certified Pedorthist is a well-trained health care professional who specializes in the use of footwear and supportive devices to address conditions that affect the feet and lower limbs. These specialists can analyze and correct gait and posture problems with the use of orthotics, custom-crafted footwear inserts that, when properly designed and manufactured, can bring relief to a host of foot, leg, back pain and mobility issues. soléa and their clients are fortunate to have the talent, dedication, and services of Derek Gilmer, C. Ped. (C), C. Ped. Tech, one of the few Ottawa area Certified Pedorthists who holds both designations of Canadian Certified Pedorthist and Certified Pedorthic Technician. What this means is that at soléa, Derek Gilmer, C. Ped. (C), C. Ped. Tech. the person who assesses your foot issues is the same person who designs and manufactures your orthotics and who,trains the staff to help you select the proper footwear for your orthotics. This spring, Derek is offering complimentary consultations to clients of soléa Pedorthic Services and they are now available on an appointment basis. Just about every client of soléa Pedorthic Services is amazed at the relief from pain that their new orthotics provide. Rather than feeling tired and drained at the end of their day, they walk with renewed energy that’s testament to a freedom in mobility they may not have experienced in years. They have learned what the soléa team has known for years-proper foot alignment may help provide the foundation for painfree leg, hip, lower back and upper back mobility. The drive to satisfy the demand for comfort footwear that is both stylish and functional came from the need to serve both women and men who require orthotics but don’t necessarily want to wear orthopedic looking shoes. The success of any orthotic appliance is based not only on the skills of the pedorthist but on the quality and fit of the shoe it is to be inserted into. To this end, soléa researches and holds all the shoe and accessory lines it carries to a very high standard. Such well known names as Finn Comfort, Mephisto, Dansko and Gabor, to name only a few, are not only stocked at soléa, but carried in full seasonal offerings for those who desire comfortable footwear year round. As well, Certified Pedorthist, Derek Gilmer trains each soléa sales associate to help ensure the best match for the client of orthotics and shoe. For those with discriminating taste, soléa provides shoes that look decidedly fashionable without sacrificing quality or function

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UNLIKE MOST ORTHOTICS CLINICS THAT RELY UPON COMPUTER-GENERATED ORTHOTICS AND THAT OUTSOURCE THEIR MANUFACTURING, THE CLIENTS OF SOLÉA PEDORTHIC SERVICES BENEFIT FROM HANDS-ON, TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE AND LOCAL MANUFACTURING CRAFTED BY HAND. This level of service ensures unmatched quality control and a superior quality of product and ensures a maximum level of mobility improvement. There is a fast turnaround time of ten working days for most custom made orthotics.

But no matter where you might have received your orthotics, you’re more than welcome at soléa. Rather than choosing from a limited selection of footwear at an ordinary shoe retailer, at soléa you can select from a wide array of styles and fashions, chosen to meet most budgets. And, at soléa, you can be assured of the highest levels of professional and personal service that will help maximize the benefits of your custom orthotics by correctly matching them to the right shoe.

soléa is located at 943 Carling Avenue at Sherwood Drive, just west of Dow’s Lake and easily accessible from the Queensway via the Parkdale Avenue exit or a short walk from the Carling Avenue O-Train station. The pedorthic clinic is by appointment only and the phone number is 613-728-6905. soléa has free parking and is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and is also open Saturdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sundays from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. soléa can be reached at 613-728-6905 or by email at info@solea.ca or you can visit the website at www.solea.ca to view soléa’s services and extensive lines of fine comfort footwear. Leave your pain behind and step out in style with soléa.


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Concert event aims to eradicate polio Steph Willems steph.willems@metroland.com

EMC community – In the past half-century, humanity has made great strides in ridding the world of the dreaded disease of polio, but there is still work to do.

To this end, the University of Ottawa’s school of music has teamed with the Rotary Club of West Ottawa for a fundraising concert aimed at helping eradicate the few remaining hotspots of the crippling illness. Planned for April 6 at the First Unitarian Church on Cleary Avenue,

the Music for Humanity concert was organized by Rotarian Mike Traub and concertmaster Adam Cicchillitti, a master’s student at the university. In 1985 Rotary International declared its intention to rid the world of polio, which was still a scourge outside of the Western world. Tickets can be purchased at the door on April 6. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Ioana Schiopu-Kratina, Sarah and Kent Sproul take a breather during their walk through Brantwood Park last month. The three participate in Old Ottawa East’s Brantwood Park walking group.

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EMC community - Cold wind, sleet and snow - winter hasn’t stopped members of Old Ottawa East’s Brantwood Park walking group from getting outside to stay fit and have some fun. The group meets Tuesday and Thursday morning’s at the Brantwood Park field house and only when confronted with icy, hazardous conditions do they call things off. The cold weather on its own doesn’t hold them back and the group continues to walk not only to stay active, but to explore the community. “I feel very good after a long walk, as I do after vigorous exercise,” said said Ioana Schiopu-Kratina, 64, one of two women currently organizing the walks. “If it is cold, I just dress warmly and the walk is even more invigorating. There is the added bonus of having company and one can chat with different people about different subjects.” The number of participants varies, just as the routes do. Schiopu-Kratina sends an email out Monday evening to about 15 members, ranging in age from mid-50s to early 70s, who might be interested in meeting up Tuesday morning. She suggests routes, which they often finalize Tuesday morning before taking to the streets. Vicki Davis first formed the Brantwood Park walking group in the fall of

2011. Schiopu-Kratina joined her late last year. When Davis is on vacation, Schiopu-Kratina manages the group with the help of Mary Louise Zalatan, who heads Thursday’s group. Kent and Sarah Sproul, a married couple who have lived in Ottawa East for 35 years, walk together – at times arm-in-arm. Sarah Sproul, 64, joined the group in 2011. “I’ve always enjoyed walking,” she said, adding it’s important to remain active. “The conversation is good (and) we’ve met a lot of people,” said Kent, who started accompanying his wife on the walks following his retirement. Schiopu-Kratina said she’s certainly become more familiar with the streets in Old Ottawa East and beyond. At times, their walk extends to the Glebe, where Schiopu-Kratina gives impromptu reviews of numerous boutiques and cafes lining Bank Street. Some days they visit the library, allowing walkers the opportunity to take out or return books. They sometimes break for coffee at Stella Luna Gelato Cafe or for will stop for a Beaver Tail and hot cocoa at Fifth Avenue when the canal is open. Though there is frequent chatter and laughter as they walk, coffee breaks allow participants to not only catch a breath but catch up with one another.

Farm Boy opens new store at Train Yards complex Fresh is best. Fresh is best. That’s what the multitude of shoppers were telling themselves as they rolled their carts through the aisles of the new Farm Boy Saturday, March 14. Located at the Ottawa Train Yards shopping complex, 665 Industrial Ave., the 22,000 square-foot food retailer hosted its official opening that day, celebrating with a tasty array of samples fresh from the kitchen, and in-store specials. To add to the familyfriendly atmosphere, appearances from Crash the Clown and mascot Lulu the Cow brought smiles to the faces of the many youngsters accompanying their parents to the store. “It’s fantastic,” noted store manager Gerry Kupferschmidt amid the hustle and bustle of opening day. “I couldn’t ask for better. The customers are glad we’re in the community.” He highlighted the new steam table and incredible 24-foot salad bar, complete with more than 60 items ranging from the selection of greens to the freshly-cut vegetables and toppings like real bacon, shredded cheeses, beans or nuts. There’s even AAA beef or grilled chicken breast. Put one together for yourself or the family, each will be your own tasty creation. Based on the steady stream of customers making their way to the store, the Alta Vista community was clearly hungry for this new Farm Boy, so well known across the region for offering top quality produce with friendly customer service. In an effort to cater to the fast-paced world

in which we live, Farm Boy Train Yards offers a delectable choice of prepared foods, healthy meals that are ready to go. The instore kitchen is kept hopping, turning out handmade sandwiches, half and full-rack rib dinners, pizzas and calzones and so much more, all made fresh every day. And for those who do have a little time to relax while they shop, enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea along with a baked treat in the new seating area. “We’re showcasing what people love Farm Boy for,” says Kupferschmidt. So much more than a grocery store, Farm Boy offers customers a unique shopping q experience, a key reason why it continues to add new stores across eastern Ontario.

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Farm Boy Train Yards held its official opening Saturday, March 14.

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Libraries bursting at seams with held items Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

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ACORN Canada launched their campaign to have Ontario’s minimum wage increased to $14 an hour outside the ministry of labour office on Preston Street March 21.

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EMC news – A small group of protests from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN Ottawa, took to Preston Street to launch their campaign to have Ontario’s minimum wage increased to $14 an hour, March 21. “Hey-hey, ho-ho, poverty wages have got to go, $10.25 is way too low,” was chanted by protestors as some drivers showed their approval for the “honk to raise the minimum wage” sign. The group of about 20, braving the snow and wind outside the provincial Ministry of Labour offices, took turns addressing those gathered. Event organizer Nadia Willard explained that 534,000 workers in Ontario make minimum wage, nearly one out of ten workers. “The three-year freeze on minimum

wage has effectively lowered their income by seven per cent,” she said, referring to the provincial government’s decision to freeze minimum wage in 2011. “This will help everyone in our community from small business people to workers and families if the minimum wage is increased,” said Willard. “You shouldn’t have to be going to the food bank if you’re working full-time.” Megan Holliday, a minimum wage worker and ACORN member, shared her experience working at the current minimum wage, an experience that eventually led her to move back in with her parents. Most of those in attendance were members of ACORN, but Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council was also in attendance. “If a person could live a month making what is currently our mini-

mum wage, they would see how difficult it is,” said McKenny after the event. “Everything is going up yet you still have folks that are stuck in that minimum wage, they don’t have the benefit of any kind of collective agreement or any kind of contract with the employer … they’re working for that minimum wage, no benefits, it’s really the bare minimum,” he said. Naqvi defended the government’s position in a release sent to the Ottawa East News. “Our government increased the minimum wage almost 50 per cent since 2003. It was only fair after being frozen for nine years under previous governments,” Naqvi said in the statement. “We recognize that there is more to do,” he stated, pointing to future discussions with business, labour and community groups as a means to determine an appropriate minimum wage in the future.

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EMC news - The library is grappling with the problem of truant readers who put items on hold and never pick them up. Minor changes to the circulation policy at the Ottawa Public Library sparked a debate and led the library board to send staff back to the drawing board on March 18. The board shot down library staff’s proposal to remove limits on the number of audio-visual items such as CDs and DVDs that a library user can have checked out at once. The idea is a way to get around challenges that arise from people putting large numbers of those items on hold and checking them out in sequence. That leads to delays for other customers and it means items are out of circulation for long periods as they’re being processed, said Jennifer Stirling, the division-wide manager of service and innovation for the library. “Our circulation is being impacted by our own policy,” she said. Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder, the board’s chairwoman, said the number of holds is increasing and it is becoming a problem at the library. “The hold business is taking up huge real estate in our libraries,” she said, adding that some branches have maxed out the amount of space they have available to store items that people put on hold. “I think this is a bigger issue,” she added. But the problems are caused by a small number of guilty parties, said board member Christine Langlois.

Library board member Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson said the issue could have been solved another way: by putting a limit on the number of items a person can put on hold at one time or adding a fine for people who don’t pick up held items when they become available, she said. “I worry about this,” Wilkinson said of the staff proposal to remove checkout limits. “Somebody could take out 200 … It makes them unavailable for others.” Board member Danielle LussierMeek was also concerned because she anticipated people who rack up expensive late fines if they had too many materials checked out at one time. “It’s unreasonable to have no limits,” Lussier-Meek said. “There could be abuse of the system.” That shouldn’t be a problem because the library alerts people before the return date and it is easy to renew items to extend the due date, staff said. At the end of the day, library users are responsible for their own accounts. Library staff agreed to come back with a different set of recommendations in May relating to the issue of holds and circulation limits on audiovisual materials. Two other changes did get the library board’s approval: the addition of a $5 per hour fine (up to $30) if people keep iPads in branches for longer than their two-hour loan period and a new $10-per-day fine (up to $50) for reference materials. New iPads were introduced at North Gloucester, Rosemount and Ruth E. Dickinson branches last year.

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EMC news - Ottawa Centre MPP and Minister of Labour Yasir Naqvi has tabled legislation aimed at protecting the jobs of those caring for ill family members or coping with the abduction or death of a child. The proposed Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families), which was introduced on March 14, was set to have its second reading on March 18. If passed, the legislation would create three new leave options for Ontario workers. The Family Caregiver Leave, which was introduced as an election plank in the fall of 2011, would allow for eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for employees providing care for a family member suffering from a serious medical condition. The Critically Ill Child Care Leave allows up to 37 weeks of unpaid, jobprotected leave for those providing care for a critically ill child, while the Crime-Related Child Death and Disappearance Leave would allow for up to 52 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for parents of a missing child and up to 104 weeks for parents whose child died as a result of a crime.

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inding clean snow in the yard at the farm was almost impossible. This caused a great concern for Mother. At this time of year, we ďŹ ve children begged for toffee-on-snow as the sap poured from the trees, and that meant hauling in a roaster of spotlessly clean snow. As well as the boiling-down in the big ďŹ&#x201A;at pan in the bush, Mother would boil big pots of sap in the kitchen ďŹ lling the house with sweet heavy steam. Each night we children begged for toffee-on-snow, but often Mother would say it was a Saturday night treat and we went to bed out of sorts that we have been deprived of one of our favourite treats. Each night that we were allowed this indulgence Everett or Audrey, being the two oldest in the family, would be sent out for a roast pan of snow. Mother kept sending them farther and farther aďŹ eld for clean snow. Father said she would soon have us going across the river to Admaston, which of course was an exaggeration. But Mother was fastidious about anything that came within a country mile of our mouths and using a roast pan of snow where the livestock had trod was out of the

MARY COOK Memories question. So either Everett or Audrey was given the task of ďŹ nding clean snow for the toffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Emerson couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be trusted to go beyond the barn yard. That night it was dark as pitch outside. It had been a heavy snow for late March. Mother said we would be staying home. No church party had been planned and no one had offered their home for a game of cards, so we had a rare Saturday night at home without a house full of neighbours. It was a perfect night for toffee-on-snow. Audrey would carry the lantern and Everett the roast pan and the big soup ladle, ready to bring in the freshly fallen snow. Mother had put a small pot of already boiled syrup on the front lid of the Findlay Oval and it was fair jumping by the time the clean snow was brought into the house, just perfect to pour out on the snow for a feed of sticky toffee. Although Mother always trusted Audrey or Everett to go well away

from the barn yard, that night she took a big spoon and dragged it through the roaster of snow, just to be on the safe side. Well, what happened next was something like you would see in a picture show in Renfrew. There, buried in the pan of snow, was something that proved they hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gone far enough. Mother stared at the black lump, which wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t big enough to ďŹ ll a teaspoon, but big enough to send her into a ďŹ t. Father, used to Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obsession with cleanliness, never took his eyes off the Family Herald and Weekly Star that he was reading by the oven door. She demanded to know where the snow came from, and both Audrey and Everett vowed it came from the farthest reaches of the yard where no livestock ever went. Well, that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t satisfy Mother. Even though she had no idea what the black lump was, she knew it had spoiled the entire roaster of snow. Audrey said she would get rid of it and that the rest of the roaster was perfectly clean. Well, she might as well have told Mother the lump was just a raisin. Mother was having no part of her story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dump it out, Audrey,â&#x20AC;? Mother said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goodness knows what else is in the roaster. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be no toffee tonight.â&#x20AC;?

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Advisory groups created to help project Continued from page 1

The last consultation, dubbed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ideas fair,â&#x20AC;? was well attended, with more than 650 turning out to the event at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to meet the project team and to look at the preliminary ďŹ ndings and plans for the 136 hectares of land. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the concerns were made around transportation,â&#x20AC;? Schultz said,

adding he believes that by working with the city, the concern could be addressed by creating excellent access to public transit, including creating a transit corridor through the site. Another hot topic the team heard, he added, was affordable housing: people want to be sure that both market-affordable and community housing options are made available for the area. Canada Lands Company is a

Crown corporation that manages government properties across the country. In the past, Schultz said, Canada Lands has redevelopment other former bases - all of which Schultz said have included multiple affordable housing options. The team is currently working on its ďŹ rst step for the development site, the community design plan, which will be handled by MMM Group.

Schultz has been meeting with various resident associations, organizations, city ofďŹ cials and site neighbours, including the National Research Council, which has agreed for Canada Lands to incorporate some of its lands into the development planning, in an effort to create more access to the future community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our understanding was there were concerns with Hemlock Road access, but that is why we are working on different alternatives, the more access we have the more we can disperse the trafďŹ c,â&#x20AC;? Schultz said.

The team has also been working at creating public advisory groups, with an established group of community associations and residents who live next to the site already in place, as well as one for nearby neighbours, one on housing and development and a group focused on social and arts and culture development. A community design plan for the site will be presented to city council in early 2014. After the May consultation, the team will hold another meeting in the fall.

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Public weighs in on 1812 monument finalists Two concepts judged for 2014 Parliament Hill installation Steph Willems Steph.willems@metroland.com

EMC news – As part of the federal government’s effort to recognize the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, two artists unveiled their monument concepts for public viewing last week. Residents were invited into the National Capital Commission’s Elgin Street offices on March 20 to cast a critical eye on the designs, which were chosen as finalists by a jury of fine arts, heritage and landscape architecture experts. The War of 1812 monument design process is being led by the NCC in partnership with Canadian Heritage. Artists Adrienne Alison of Ontario and Brian Cooley of Alberta were present to discuss the aspects of their designs, both of which incorporate references to the diverse mix of cultures that took part

in the conflict. A spot has been chosen for the monument overlooking Wellington Street near the East Block on Parliament Hill. Cooley’s concept depicts 20 bronze figures – First Nations warriors, British infantrymen, French Canadian voltigeurs, African–Canadian soldiers and a female nurse bandaging a patient. Cooley wanted to ensure the role of women in the conflict was referenced. While the actions of noted figure Laura Secord are well-recorded in history books, Cooley said he wanted to commemorate “all the other women who did so much and never got recognized.” The figures in the monument would be six feet tall in full-size form, atop an eightinch stone base. Alison’s work, titled Triumph Through Diversity, consists of seven figures (representing key demographics)

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The two finalists in the federal government’s War of 1812 Monument competition are seen during an open house at the offices of the NCC on March 20. Artists Adrienne Alison and Brian Cooley were on hand to explain their concepts, while public feedback was recorded for the final judging process. on a central stone flanked by two small, granite boats. Etchings in the stone would further tell the story of the conflict. “(The base) is only 18 inches tall, so people can sit on it in the summer,” said Alison, explaining how the site’s close proximity to the National War Memorial led

her to decide to go with a tight group of figures for her concept. Alison said she tried to represent the cultures involved in the British side of the conflict “as much as you could,” adding “I wanted it to be something that was educational, easy to understand, which is

why I wanted the etching.” The full-size monument’s figures would be seven feet tall atop a two-foot-tall pedestal. Residents were encouraged to record their thoughts on a large sheet of butcher’s paper, which was spread across a large table in the centre of the room.

“All of the information from (the open house) will be shared with our client, Canadian Heritage,” said NCC spokesman Charles Cardinal. While no date has been set for the announcement of the winner, Cardinal said the monument is slated to be unveiled in its Parliament Hill location in the fall of 2014.

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New Stanley Cup monument planned for Sparks Street Ottawa’s hockey heritage to be commemorated Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - A monument on Sparks Street is planned to honour Canada’s hockey heritage. It was on March 18, 1892 when then-governor general Baron Lord Stanley of Preston announced he would donate a champion’s cup, later to be named the Stanley Cup, to the champion hockey team of the Dominion (Canada) of that year. On March 18, 2013, the Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Committee revealed plans to build a monument during an announcement at D’Arcy McGee’s pub on Sparks Street. Paul Kitchen, president of the committee, announced the monument will be placed at the corner of Sparks and Elgin Street, in front of McGee’s, to commemorate Stanley’s contribution to Canada’s and Ottawa’s hockey history. “This is the perfect location,” Kitchen said. “Where better to have a work of public art than in this hockey neighbourhood?” The Lord Stanley memorial monument is aimed to be complete by March 18, 2017 - just in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, 125 years to the date that

Lord Stanley donated the cup and 100 years since the National Hockley League was formed. “Four years may sound like a lot of time but we have a lot to work out,” Kitchen said. The cost, Kitchen added will be well into seven figures, and raising money for the project is one of the committee’s first priorities. The design of the monument remains to be said but the goal is for the project to reflect the city’s hockey heritage, inform and entertain people and visitors to Canada and will be a sculpture of Stanley with the original Stanley Cup bowl. The committee will be accepting ideas and submissions from artists, nationwide, and the final design will be selected by a jury chosen by the committee. Local architect, Barry Padolsky and his firm, Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. will be the professional advising team for the design competition. Mayor Jim Watson, Federal Minister of State - Sport Bal Gosal and Hockey Hall of Famer Murray Costello joined Kitchen for the announcement. “Hockey is part of the Canadian fabric and I congratulate the monu-

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Mayor Jim Watson and Federal Minister of State - Sport Bal Gosal take a moment to check out the Stanley Cup during an announcement of plans to build a monument commemorating Lord Stanley’s contribution to hockey in Canada. ment committee on their efforts to honour Lord Stanley’s gift in this fashion,” Watson said. “I think it’s fitting that this is where the gift was announced by the governor general of the day.” In its early years, the cup, first named the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, was a challenge trophy and could change hands during the

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course of the season. The Ottawa Senators have won the cup 27 times, between 1903 and 1927. Les Gagne, executive director of the Sparks Street Mall, said this announcement is great news for the street, which is currently working hard at reinventing itself as a top tourist and shopping destination. “We are really excited to have this

monument on our street,” Gagne said. “It should create a real impact for the area, and possibly bring thousands of people to Sparks Street.” Gagne added the association would like type of monument or sculpture for the pedestrian-only street. “This is going to bring in a wow factor and I encourage everyone to embrace this project,” he said.

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Ginger is a spayed female, white and cream Retriever mix who is just over a year old. She was brought to the shelter as a stray on February 23, but is not available for adoption. Ginger loves to play! She will need access to lots of toys to keep her entertained. She has a very friendly and sweet disposition when it comes to meeting people, but is uneasy around other dogs. Ginger will need to be introduced to new dogs on a regular basis, in a controlled environment with polite and friendly dogs in order to continue to learn appropriate meet and greet behaviour. Ginger will need an experienced owner who has the time to dedicate to her training and socialization. She would love a family with children over the age of 8, who will bring her for outdoor adventures. Parker is a neutered male, white and brown tabby Domestic Longhair cat who is about 3 years old. A good Samaritan found Parker wandering the neighbourhood on January 24 with an open wound on his face. Concerned, they brought him to the OHS in hopes that we could help him. While in our care, we treated and monitored his injuries until he was ready to be adopted. Parker is a playful but easy-going cat who loves to sleep on his hideand-perch box, and doesn’t seem to be bothered by the presence of other cats. Parker has been great with the children visiting in the Adoption Centre, and would be suitable to a family with children who know to be gentle with him. For more information about these or other animals available for adoption, please call the Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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days, you’re making sure that your pet’s suffering is alleviated and that it is comfortable all the while. If you are thinking about palliative care for your dying pet, there are many practical issues that you should think about, and many questions that you should ask yourself before you decide to go this route. Your veterinarian will play a large role in the process. If you don’t have a vet, it’s your duty to get one so you can make informed decisions about the health of your animal. During the initial stages of a pet’s illness, if your veterinarian does not raise the topic of humane euthanasia, it doesn’t mean the topic is off limits. Some veterinarians may not broach the subject first, so make sure you initiate the conversation. Deciding to provide palliative care to a pet is something the whole family must agree on. The choice can be a costly one — both emotionally and financially — so everyone must be on board. Most importantly, you need to ask yourself who you are doing this for. As heartbreaking as losing a pet may be, you must always make sure that you are placing your pet’s welfare ahead of your own emotions. For more information and other companion animal tips, visit www. ottawahumane.ca.

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Pet ownership brings many joys, but also tough decisions. Your pet needs love, care and devotion, and may sometimes require an ethical or moral choice be made on its behalf. Your companion animal cannot tell you when he or she is in pain and suffering, and as your pet reaches the senior stage in life, it’s importance to know your pet and his or her body language, and have a plan ready so that a tough decision is not put off too long because of emotions. Humane euthanasia can often be a very kind decision for an animal, and is certainly a more responsible and compassionate decision if you are no longer able to meet your pet’s care needs. It is important that, no matter what you decide, your animal’s welfare always comes first. If your pet has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or has begun to suffer increasingly from age-related ailments, humane euthanasia may eventually be the only option you have. Most people want to have as much time as possible with their pet before they have to say a final goodbye. Many believe that they can provide their pet with a good quality of life for some time to come. Your role is to recognize suffering and to provide care and relief to your animal. Palliative care for animals is much the same as palliative care for humans — you’re not just letting a dying pet live out its remaining

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A bit of background: Emerald Ash Borer (EBA) is a highly destructive wood- boring beetle that feeds under the bark of ash trees. The insect was originally confirmed in Ottawa in 2008 and its impacts have spread quickly throughout the city. All species of ash trees are susceptible to attack, and infested trees generally die after two to three years. EAB has killed millions of ash trees in Ontario. To combat the infestation, the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s EAB strategy includes treating trees with an injected insecticide; however, sometimes the City must remove infected trees to protect nearby uninfected trees. The City replants twice annually to replace the removed trees as to maintain the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tree canopy. For further information, please visit: http:// ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/trees-and-community-forests/emerald-ash-borer

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suit every taste. The sale takes place at the Ukrainian Hall, located at 1000 Byron Ave., on April 5 to 7. The opening is Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Admission is free. For more information, please visit nepeanfinearts.com.

The next Ottawa Independent Writers Meeting will feature a talk about the digital marketplace. Teresa Morgan will explain how to self publish books for Kindle, Sony eReader, iPad and other digital devices. The event takes place on March 28 at 7 p.m., Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St. $10 for guests. For information call 613-731-3873 or visit oiw.ca.

April 6 Eco Equitable, a local charity and social enterprise, is holding its first ever â&#x20AC;&#x153;fill-abagâ&#x20AC;? sale of recycled and unique fabrics at its headquarters at Heartwood House, located at 153 Chapel St., on April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and fill a shopping bag for $10, or buy regularly priced fabrics for $2 to $5 per metre. All proceeds go to support Eco Equitableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs to support immigrant, marginalized and refugee women. Cash only.

April 5 Join us at the Britannia United Church for Mundellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fish Fry, which is taking place on April 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The menu features New Zealand cod, fries, coleslaw, drinks and dessert. Tickets are $18 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 5 to 12 and free for children under 5. Tickets will be available before at the church â&#x20AC;&#x201C; located at 985 Pinecrest Rd. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in advance of the event as well as at the door. For more information, contact Candice at 613-8286018 or visit britanniaunitedchurch.ca.

April 5-7 Freshen your decor with a piece of original art. Browse through whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offered at the Nepean Fine Arts Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring sale, where you can meet more than 40 local artists and see their work. There will be a wide variety of styles and subjects to

In our community: In the case of Richelieu Park, City crews inspected the condition of the trees and determined that some were good candidates for injection, but that it was necessary to remove others to protect the healthy trees. As with all EAB related tree removals, the stump removal of the infected trees and the replanting of 18 new healthy trees will occur this spring. Although a short term set back, in the long term, the replanting will greatly improve the vitality, health and diversity of the tree canopy in Richelieu Park. This will allow the trees in the park to last for generations to come.

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April 10 Christian Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central Club invites you to a spring dessert buffet, featuring Bowring â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Splendorâ&#x20AC;? from Carlingwood Shopping Centre. Music will be provided by the talented vocalist Sonja Milsom. Speaker Carolina Vadala, from Kingston, will be speaking about finding security in an insecure world. Admission is $6 - first timers are $2. The event takes place 1 p.m. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, 971 Woodroffe Ave. Anyone interested can RSVP by calling 613-692-6290. All women are welcome.

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