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Buildings should not appear vacant: Fleury Laura Mueller

EMC news - If owners of derelict properties refuse to comply with the city’s orders to clean them up, they’ll be called out on the city’s website. Along with signs on the properties themselves, publishing a hit list of the city’s unmet orders to maintain crumbling vacant buildings on is one of the strategies the city will use to crack down on landowners who leave structures in disrepair. That new strategy was revealed to the city’s community and protective services committee during an April 18 meeting along with a rundown of current measures and future ideas to clean up rundown empty buildings. The report was a followup to a commitment Mayor Jim Watson and some of his council colleagues made at a press conference six weeks ago. After years of leniency, the crackdown means the city is enforcing its property standards bylaw more strictly. See ACORN, page 15


The big reveal Anna Stella Mangone, left, helps Carson Grove Public School student Hosay Habib pull the ribbon to unveil four murals in the school’s library. The murals were created by the entire student body.

After-school program to start in New Edinburgh Bilingual focus, rounded arts and recreation activities planned Michelle Nash

EMC news - A new bilingual-focused after school program will be offered at the New Edinburgh neighbourhood starting this September. The Nectar Centre (the New Edinburgh Community and Arts Centre), formally the New Edinburgh House, announced it would launch

the new program for grades 1-6. Sue Hall, program coordinator for the centre said this program will offer children a unique chance to participate in a number of different cultural and recreational activities all in one. “Its like a one-stop shop of programming for the kids,” Hall said. The focus will be on promoting literacy, keeping chil-

dren active, promoting a love for arts, homework support and developing French language skills. The centre will hire a qualified bilingual early education teacher, and high school students from De La Salle will work as counsellors, spending 30 minutes a day assisting children with their homework. Hall said although there is

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Mural shows off school’s community spirit All 310 students participated in eight-month project Michelle Nash

EMC news - A new fourpiece mural at Carson Grove Public School shows what staff and students have known all along - this school is filled with community spirit. The mural project, displayed on the school library’s four walls, depict the four seasons and each measure one by two and a half metres. The project wasn’t easy to create in an open-concept school, said principal Irene Cameron. There aren’t very many walls to start with and what little walls that are left, are used as shelving or to display work. But Cameron said she felt it was important for the students of her school to work on something together, as a team and to have something that the entire student body, staff and parents could be proud of. “Every single one of the students had a part in this mural and that’s what makes the


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on April 25 with cake and a slideshow of the process created by Mangone. Mangone has worked with students at other schools and said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to let students own their projects and to make all the decisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they understand they can be liberal with the project, they become more creative,â&#x20AC;? Mangone said. For this project, Mangone worked with small groups of students, teaching them various techniques and concepts along the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is more of a coordinator than the artist, she lets the students create, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful,â&#x20AC;? Cameron said. The school received additional support from home renovation stores Loweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Home Depot, which supplied paint supplies and wood for the murals; the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s custodians painted the walls surrounding the murals. Funding, including paying for Mangoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services, was offered through MASC, a local artist program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without the funding this project could only have been a dream,â&#x20AC;? Cameron said. Mangone said she is really pleased with the project and credits the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard work and dedication for its success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

murals very special,â&#x20AC;? Cameron said. The colourful images show students, playing, reading and hanging out. All 310 students had their hand in the project, which began in September with students taking photographs outside, in the schoolyard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken a full seven months and the results are simply amazing,â&#x20AC;? Cameron said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These four colourful panels feature the many talents and abilities of our students. I hope that everyone who views the mural feels the warmth and recognizes that everyone is safe, welcome and respected at our school.â&#x20AC;? Those photos were turned into a stencil which was projected onto the large boards and traced, including a drawing from one of the kindergarten classes of a snowman for the winter season board. The project, Cameron said, would not have been possible without the efforts of local artist, Anna Stella Mangone. Mangone worked with all the children, from concept to paintbrush. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From choosing colours to styles, it was all up to the kids,â&#x20AC;? Mangone said. The students, staff, Mangone and Cameron celebrated the completion of the project




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Kids with Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and autism speak out Mindware social group addresses issues of bullying, awareness

EMC news â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A group of boys diagnosed with Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s syndrome or autism have written a letter to the public asking people to be open minded and to try and understand what it is like to have a disability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am a 12-year-old boy who has to deal with social challenges every single day that most people do not have to worry about,â&#x20AC;? Twelve-yearold Nick Fejes wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I often will get into ďŹ ghts but not really understand what started it in the ďŹ rst place and I also have a hard time perceiving other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side of the story. It is hard for me to process my emotions. I wish that most

the boys on expressing their feelings on paper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually when they ďŹ rst come to the school they are withdrawn, mistrusting and scared,â&#x20AC;? Mancini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I noticed the kids needed to vent. To get their words out. At ďŹ rst I would transcribe what they were saying, after that, the boys began to write their own words down.â&#x20AC;? The group shared their thoughts with each other and then, tentatively, with the rest of the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were nervous to share, but once they saw how well other students in the school responded, the group decided to stretch their reach a little farther. They thought what if we could get it out to the general public?â&#x20AC;?

people in the general public, the average Canadian citizen, would view kids on the spectrum as actual people, rather than â&#x20AC;&#x153;something strange.â&#x20AC;? Nick is but one voice of the many, all saying the same thing, simply, they want to be heard and to be treated as normal. The group of boys attend a private school in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s west end called Mindware Academy, which offers children with learning disabilities, a different approach to learning. The school runs a daytime and after-school social group which helps boys like Nick work on social interactions and feelings. It was during this group time that teacher Susan Mancini worked with

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with Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s syndrome, said he feels just an average kid, but students in his former public school treated him poorly on a daily basis. See SOCIAL, page 5

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Letters from the group

Social group wants to visit city schools

I am a 13-year-old kid who has NLD (non verbal learning disability) and struggles with social skills. Each day, I deal with a range of emotions including anger issues, coping with feeling annoyed with certain issues such as being brushed by passers by, and trying to control what comes out of my mouth. I would like you to know that I am a smart kid who likes to make little kids happy and I want you to see me as an equal. - Jayden Findlay

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It got to the point where I was turning into a bully just to keep them away from me,â&#x20AC;? he said. Creating a hard shell on the surface, Nikita admits he was battling depression and thoughts of suicide when he came home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish that the general public or people who are â&#x20AC;&#x153;normalâ&#x20AC;? would view people on the spectrum as regular people and not weirdos or outcasts,â&#x20AC;? Nikita wrote. Now the social group would like to share their message with as many people who care to listen. For them, the group describes this crusade as not only about teaching the world about treating them better, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about stopping bullying from happening to other children like them. Each one of the students who wrote the letter at one time attended public school before transferring to Mindware. The bullying, according to the group, starts around Grade 3.


Cameron Nielson, Callum Nightingale and Christian Devey take part in a social group at Mindware Academy. The group wrote a letter expressing what its like to live with a disability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right around the time kids start to notice there is something different about you,â&#x20AC;? Nick said. It can start out small, either they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get picked for a team, or they get ignored in the schoolyard, but each one of the boys says that it escalates quickly to name calling, teasing and exclusion. The purpose of the letter is to foster change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want other kids to have to go through what we did,â&#x20AC;? Jayden Findlay said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It needs to change. Everyone needs to change.â&#x20AC;? The boys come from different parts of the city and each admit they would like the change to start in their own neighbourhoods, but would be

happy if any school, parent or youth would listen to them. Callum said spreading the word today is important, because he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always have his school to make him feel safe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here everyone understands you, but eventually, you have to go out in the real world and it would be nice to know that people out there understand you,â&#x20AC;? Callum said. The next step for the group will be to spread their message to different school boards and groups who are willing to listen. Mancini said she will meet with different schools, presenting their letter and hopefully, the boys will have a chance to hold presentations on the issue.

I am a 13-year-old kid who is diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum and I struggle everyday because there are lots of parts of my day where I feel stressed or mad. I try to start fresh with a new day but every day for some reason I feel hurt and cry often. A lot of people make fun of me because I am sensitive but deep down I am just a normal person. Many people have thought I am weird in the past or say that I am not smart but I just ask to be treated like a normal person. - Callum Nightingale I am 12 years old and I am a gamer who struggles with Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s syndrome. Most days I wake up in the morning, pack my bag and rush to school, just like the average kid. Usually I have a good day at school and when I get home I go straight to my Xbox and go to sleep. The cycle repeats. This is my routine and I am comfortable with this routine. What others may not know is that I face depression and at times think of suicide. I suffer from insomnia. I wish that the general public or people who are â&#x20AC;&#x153;normalâ&#x20AC;? would view people on the spectrum as regular people

and not weirdos or outcasts. - Nikita Sautchenko I am a 12-year-old boy who has to deal with social challenges every single day that most people do not have to worry about. I often will get into fights but not really understand what started it in the first place and I also have a hard time perceiving other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side of the story. It is hard for me to process my emotions. I wish that most people in the general public, the average Canadian citizen, would view kids on the spectrum as actual people, rather than â&#x20AC;&#x153;something strange.â&#x20AC;? -Nick Fejes I am a 10-year-old boy who has to deal with Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Most days I have to hold off my emotions. When I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold off, I start too cry and shut down. All that I wish is that all people would treat me like a normal person. Not many people support me and sometimes I feel all alone in this world. When I am lucky, I get some support. - Josh Wells I am an 11-year-old boy and I struggle with explaining what I am thinking and controlling my emotions. I am really good in math class but there are some people who think that I am a freak for liking math. What I want is for people to not treat me badly just because I like something different. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want people to be afraid of me because I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t control my emotions. I would never hurt anyone. I want to have lots of close friends and I want to succeed in life and get a good job. - Christian Devey R0012049080

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Despite rain, thousands of books sold in Rockcliffe Michelle Nash

EMC news - As the dust begins to settle on another Rockcliffe Park Book Sale, organizers say it’s clear the event continues to exceed their expectations thanks to the more than 1,500 volunteer hours from community members. “It’s a tremendous amount of work to get this sale ready and we couldn’t do it without them,” said Jane Dobell, chair of the book sale committee. The book sale took place this past April 14 and 15 at the Rockcliffe Park Community Hall and Rockcliffe Park library. At 10 a.m., Dobell said there were already about 120 people lined up outside. With more than 10,000 books to be sold, the committee said volunteer help is essential. According to Dobell, there were more than 50 people assisting with various tasks leading up to, during and even after the sale to dismantle and ship the remaining books away. The sale is in its 17th year and although the concerns of a growing interest in e-books started a few years ago, Dobell said the event is all but gaining momentum as the years go on. “Every year we raise a little bit more,” she said. “We started on a small scale, but we seem to be getting bigger each year.” Dobell said she was surveying individuals at the sale, ask-


Volunteer Julia Milewski, 17, hunts for a book during the Rockcliffe Park Book Sale on April 13. Despite the rain, the book sale was packed with readers from all over the city looking to pick up used books. It is organized by the Rockcliffe Park Public Library Committee and volunteers. ing them which part of the city they lived in and she is happy to report people came from all parts of the city. The sale raises money for the local Rockcliffe Park library branch and nearby branches, such as the one in Vanier. A portion of the money raised is also donated to the Friends of Ottawa Public Library. In the past, the book sale has raised more than $16,000; this year, Dobell said the numbers are still coming in, but is sure the numbers are up. The library uses the donated money in a number of ways, in-

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success, the committee still has boxes and boxes of books to donate. “We just can’t get through them all, some boxes were never even opened,” she said. Those boxes will be offered first to the Rockcliffe Park Public School’s book fair, which takes place in November as well as donated to the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library. The total money raised will be reported to the Rockcliffe Park Residents Association at its next meeting. All the money, excluding the operating costs, will be donated to the library.


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ragedies bring out the best and the worst in people. In the case of the explosions at the Boston Marathon on April 15, the worst is painfully obvious. Three people dead, including an eight-year-old boy, and more than 100 others injured. This was an attempt to create terror, to hurt people, possibly to make a political statement. When the bombs went off, a flood of people rushed onto the streets. At first, it was a knee-jerk reaction to the horror and confusion of the scene. But almost immediately afterwards, another, larger flood of people rushed towards the site of the blasts, nurses, doctors, paramedics and emergency workers helping the victims and sealing off the area. Runners stranded on route to the finish line were surrounded by Boston residents who offered them clothing, water, warm clothing and cellphones to contact their loved ones. If this was one of Boston’s worst hours, it was also one of its finest. This act of terror did not have the presumably desired effect, if the reactions of some of the runners we spoke to following the blast is anything to judge by. Many runners praised the marathon and said they

hoped to compete in it again. Ottawa will play host to its own prestigious running event, Ottawa race weekend on May 24 and 25. Following the explosions at the Boston Marathon, Ottawa race weekend organizers acknowledged that the attack made them more conscious about security surrounding the annual race. But it certainly won’t stop them from holding the event. Terrorists have tried in the past to instill a culture of fear surrounding large public gatherings – for instance the backpack bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics Games that killed two people and injured 120. But every Olympics since has simply grown bigger and better. And the athletes and the fans continue to flock to the events. Acts of terrorism are hard to predict and difficult to completely prevent, however they are rare events and have a negligible effect on public opinion, except to make them more security conscious. The Boston Marathon bombing is no different. The resiliency of the fans and runners in the face of a horrific crime is one more example of tragedy bringing out the best in people.


Life on Mars: the job-cutting economics of science fiction


ew people realize the connection between economics and science fiction, but the similarities are dramatic. Most obvious, is the language component. The jargon-laden gibberish spoken by economists closely resembles the techno-slang uttered by space warriors. For one there is incentivization and confronting redundancies, for the other there is the antigravity field and the leap to hyperspace — both equally intelligible. But there are other similarities, such as the common belief in vaporization. This is most apparent when attacks on budget deficits are in season, as they are now. Both corporate and governmental decision-makers are vigorously seeking to better their bottom line. At tax time, we in Ottawa know what those who are doing the cutting think: they reduce their costs and their bottom line looks better. For a corporation, that means increased value for shareholders; for a government, it means applause from the media and some of the voters. Thus, you get events like government cuts to the compliance program of the Canada Revenue Agency, which will involve about 300 full-time jobs. You get decisions like the closing of seven Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries across the country, one of them opened only last

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town year. The move has been deplored in the scientific community. No figures about jobs lost have been released, but you know there will be some. We can leave to more learned people the assessment of the efficiencies involved. Can more really be done with less, as the job-slashers always insist? There’s always a first time. More important, and less frequently examined, is the question of what happens to those people whose jobs are lost. Somehow an assumption is made that these cuts have no impact. Those who lose their jobs happily trundle off to other jobs. Or, perhaps, they just vanish, leaving blameless employers happily to contemplate their improved bottom line. The concept of the vaporized unemployed fits nicely with the theory that societal happiness is the sum of all the corporate and governPublished weekly by:

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BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse time would trigger my kids â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who are extremely screenstarved at home â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to scope out free video games. Instead, my eight-year-old decided to look for information on roman numerals. Within 30 minutes, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d sourced a chart of roman numerals from one to 100, which he transcribed onto a piece of paper. Midway through his session, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mom, if I know the letters for one, five, 10, 50 and 100, I can count all the way to 988 in roman numerals.â&#x20AC;? Impressive. So far the experiment was working. With Romans still on his mind, he searched for information on imperialist war-training. All around, they came away from the experiment with a considerable amount of knowledge. But would this be the case if I allowed them unrestricted use of the computer every


day? I have my doubts. After all, what is rare is valuable. In my opinion, the novelty of the computer contributed greatly to the success Mitraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experiments and my own. It can be tough for parents to know how to control technology. With touch screens, parents are replacing everything from books to real-life activities like tea parties with tablet apps, where a single swipe of a finger allows kids to experience instant gratification. As any parent knows, the devices tend to keep even the youngest children quiet for extended periods. Hanna Rosin â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the author of The End of Men and no stranger to controversy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; wrote an article in The Atlantic last month in which she concludes parents are altogether too militant about restricting use of technology,

particularly touch-screen. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Touch-Screen Generation,â&#x20AC;? Rosin discounts the idea that screens displace time spent interacting with adults. She writes off research that has linked attention deficit disorder (ADD) and screens, labelling it fear-mongering. In the end, she becomes a convert, allowing her threeyear-old unrestricted access and accepting the brilliance of apps for toddlers, including one of her favourites, Toca Tea Party. When I first read Rosinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s piece, I thought â&#x20AC;&#x153;maybe I have been too militant.â&#x20AC;? But at the end of the day, I preface all rule-making decisions with a question: Will this make my kids happy? And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nothing about screen technology that will contribute to my childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happiness. Screen time may not displace time spent interacting with me or another adult, as Rosin acknowledges, but it does displace all things that contribute to real happiness: the chance to be bored; opportunities to reflect; experiences of conflict and resolution; and most of all, pro-social activities, like talking and playing make-believe with friends â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which may or may not include spilling real tea on the real floor and having to address the real-life consequences of that.




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‘You could smell the bomb blast’ No Ottawa runners injured at Boston Marathon Blair Edwards and Steve Newman

EMC news – Steve Morin was a block away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. He never heard a thing – at the time he was receiving a massage in the John Hancock building, along with several other runners who had completed the 42-kilometre race on April 15. Morin, an engineer who works at Alcatel-Lucent in Kanata, had finished the race earlier that day and was recovering. A manager announced an “incident had just occurred” and all runners were asked to proceed away from the finish line area. “We were all asked to leave and went upstairs on the streets,” said Morin. “The streets were just crazy with people in shock and you could smell the bomb blast,” he said. It was impossible to walk on the roads, he said, with the streets flooded with SWAT teams, ambulance and other emergency workers. “People were crying,” he said. “They said there were body parts everywhere.” Morin said he tried not to look at the area of the bomb blast. He walked five kilometres to meet up with his family, who had accompanied him to watch the marathon. Along the way, Morin received texts from concerned friends and family members. “Everyone was texting me to ask if I was OK,” he said. “I texted them

I was fine.” Morin said runners were having trouble making calls on their cellphones, but were able to send out texts. “We relied on strangers and borrowed their cellphones and got a lot of help from Boston people – they were very friendly.” Morin said he hopes the tragedy won’t hurt the marathon in the future. “I’m trying to figure this out today,” he said, a day after the event. “I don’t think it will stop people from doing it (competing in marathons). I think it will unite people around not letting the terrorists affect how we behave.”

“We relied on strangers and borrowed their cellphones and got a lot of help from Boston people – they were very friendly.” STEVE MORIN, KANATA RESIDENT, BOSTON MARATHON RUNNER


No Ottawa runners were injured after two bomb blasts killed two people and left more than 100 injured at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15. Nine Kanata residents were registered to compete in the annual 42-kilometre event, and more than 2,000 Canadians were in Boston for the race. No Canadians were injured at the marathon, according to the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs on April 15. Jane Armstrong, a Kanata Lakes woman who trains runners in duathlon, triathlon and running events, was at home watching the results live via the Internet the day of the race. She was tracking the results of two of her students as well as some of her

friends from Ottawa’s running community competing in the event. One of her students, Jenny Hopkins had already finished the race with a time of three hours and 29 minutes – her other student, Terri Bolster, still had more than an hour before she would reach the finish line. “I stopped at one point, went for a run and a bike workout for one hour around the time of the explosion,” said Armstrong. When she returned to check the race results on the computer, the website listed Bolster as having completed 40 kilometres. “I could tell she was running strong so I was puzzled,” said Armstrong. Then the emails and phone calls started pouring in. “What’s going on in Boston, Jane? Do you know?” read one email. Armstrong then checked for media reports, and learned bombs had gone off near the finish line. “Then I panicked,” she said. “Terry had to be close to the explosion or right in the thick of it.” Armstrong went to her Facebook home page, where she was connected with hundreds of runners and running groups, and left messages for her two students. “I knew Jenny had her phone with her, I said please call me.” Both students eventually responded that they were alive and unhurt. “Both of them said they’re happy to be alive and well.” Bolster, a 62-year-old Orléans woman and a retired teacher, said she’d been one kilometre away from the finish line when the bombs went off. “All the runners were panicked,” Bolster later told Armstrong. The streets near the finish line were shut down and congested with people and the runners were forced to stop. “They were freezing,” said Armstrong. “They started to shiver, muscles were seizing up. A stranger gave (Bolster) a sweatshirt to stay warm.”


Steve Morin, an engineer at Alcatel-Lucent in Kanata, stands at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line the day before bombs exploded, killing two, including an eight-year-old boy, and injuring more than 100 people. LOCKDOWN

Renfrew County marathoners are shaken, after two bomb blasts left three people dead and more than 100 others injured at Monday’s Boston Marathon. Stewart Campbell, a former Renfrew resident who now lives in Pembroke, celebrated his 55th birthday by completing the 117th edition of one of the world’s most prestigious road races. Campbell finished his 25th marathon in 3 hours and 11 minutes. But about an hour later one of his Pembroke running colleagues, Bob Bobeldijk, 76, was within about 300 metres of the finish line where the first bomb exploded. Bobeldijk kept on running, but 10 seconds later a second bomb went off, closer to him, and security people rushed onto the course and prevented any runners from continuing. Earlier in the race, Bobeldijk stopped to use one of the race course portable washrooms, which Campbell said may have saved his life. Most worrisome for Bobeldijk was that he knew his wife Arpick was waiting for him near the finish line. It was only when they found each other, and embraced, that he was able

to relax. “Everyone (of my friends here) was worried because they knew I would come in about this time,” he said. “It was emotional to see each other alive,” he said. Bobeldijk also emailed his daughter in Pembroke and son in Vancouver to let them know he was okay. “I’m just devastated,” said Campbell. “It’s changed the whole marathoning scene. I was hoping to go to New York for the marathon this fall, but now there’s going to be dog sniffers everywhere.” He was also hoping to run his 10th Boston Marathon next year, but now time will tell what organizers are thinking about the future of this and many other international events. Renfrew resident Colleen Berry, who has run four Boston Marathons, was not in Boston this week, but says she had wondered for years if something like this might actually happen. “Every year I’ve stood at the start of the Boston Marathon for the national anthem and wondered if something could happen with thousands of people in the same place,” said Berry. “I was always praying, ‘Don’t let something like 9/11 happen.’”

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Canotek business park launches cancer fundraiser Michelle Nash

EMC news - Businesses in Canotek Park have joined forces to help equip the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre’s chemotherapy bay. The group said it hopes to raise $100,000 by the fall. Four companies have formed a committee to organize fundraising events, which so far includes old school door-knocking and cold calling to more than 200 companies who run their businesses out of the large east-end business park. Dave Muir, president of GasTOPS, a software engineering company, said the business park decided to hold the fundraising challenge to mirror a similar campaign businesses held in the west-end last year, called the White Coat Campaign, which rallied Ottawa workplaces to support dedicated doctors or “white coats.” “There isn’t one of us in this community who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way,” Muir said. “We are participating in this challenge not only as business owners, but as members of the community.” The money raised will go towards purchasing eight pieces of equipment for the chemotherapy bay. The group officially launched the fundraiser last week with a number of committed companies, but Muir

said any businesses that wish to become involved are welcome to join the committee, or host their own fundraiser. The money raised will be donated to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Jessica Pancoe, a development officer for the foundation, is working with the Canotek businesses on the campaign. “We have had an example of this before and this own spin,” Pancoe said. “It’s a great way to show that businesses care about the hospital, and that they care about their friends and families who use the hospital.” Muir’s company and ByTown Catering, Mistura and VLN Advanced Technologies are among the early contributors who are working on the campaign. The group contacted the foundation in January about wanting to start the fundraiser. “We are so grateful to those who have stepped up and look forward to companies to join,” Pancoe added. According to Pancoe, over the next five years there will be 100,000 cancer patients who will receive care at the Ottawa hospital and contributions such as the one the business park is undertaking is integral to ensuring the hospital can offer the best service to its patients. Muir’s company is not new to donating to the Ottawa Hospital; in the


Employees from GasTOPS, a software engineering company located in Canotek Business Park attend a recent fundraising event for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. The company, along with four other businesses in the park launched another fundraiser to help raise $100,000 for the Ottawa Hospital. past the company has raised more than $220,000 to purchase life-saving equipment for the intensive Care unit, the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre and the Centre for Innovative Cancer Research. “I think the Ottawa Hospital is the charity of choice here at GasTOPS and has been for several years that particular cause has resonated with our employees,” he said.

This time around Muir said he is looking forward to working and raising money as a community. “We hope as many companies in the park will participate in some way that they feel they can. Our own experience is that raising money has been an activity that has been fun for the employees and it makes us feel good to contribute to a cause like this,” he said.

The fundraiser will run all spring and summer and aims to wrap up in the fall. Muir said he hopes the group can surpass its fundraising goal. “We hope we set the bar too low, we hope we can exceed this number,” he said. Visit or contact Pancoe at 613-761-4295 to find out more information about the campaign.

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Haiti fundraiser to help rural communities in need Event offers music, dance and family-fun Michelle Nash

EMC news - Three years since an earthquake shook Haiti, communities are still trying to rebuild, find shelter and have clean drinking water readily available. One Ottawa-Haiti charity is hoping a fundraiser in the city’s downtown will make a big difference in helping those communities prosper. In January 2010, a 7.0 multitude earthquake hit near the town of Léogâne, Haiti, leaving nearly 316,000 people dead and 1.6 million people homeless. In an effort to help rebuild the country, the Marco Depestre Foundation of Ottawa is hosting a charity night of fun, music and dance at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on April 27. “The fundraiser is to help finance projects in rural parts of Haiti,” said Yvette Depestre, the president of the Ottawa chapter. Depestre and her brother, Marco Depestre, a Haitian resident started the Marco Depestre Foundation in both Haiti and Ottawa in 2006, naming the foundation after their father, who they said always worked hard to help people in his country. The fundraiser is aimed to raise money to help fund current and new projects the foundation supports.

Depestre said the foundation does not simply give handouts, it most importantly offers residents of these rural Haitian communities education so they can help themselves. “The projects are about the families learning how to do something for themselves, and then passing on that knowledge to other families in the neighbourhood,” she said. The communities the foundation focused on from the start were the rural ones, as both Depestre and her brother said, access to some areas in south-eastern Haiti are next to impossible to travel to in a car, and the journey can take days on foot or donkey, with amenities for the area few and far between. The foundation worked at bringing the residents of these communities the tools to build and thrive on their own. When it comes to the recent earthquake and the devastation it left, Depestre said the needs of these rural communities grew, and in some areas still remain desperate. “Years ago, here in Ottawa there was an ice storm,” she said. “And after the storm, it took days for residents to recover, and it was hard. People lost a lot, but they were able to rebuild because they had insurance and in Haiti, after the earthquake, there was nothing

and people have still not been able to rebuild.” In some cases the barriers are as simple as a lack of access to roads and insurance, making picking up the pieces much more difficult, she added. “People were forgotten, and we need to help,” she said. “We are hoping to raise as much as possible so we can continue to help those in need.” Depestre’s brother Marco, a reverend in Port-au-Prince was driving home when the earthquake hit. “You wonder how 30 seconds can completely turn your world around; you wonder if it really happened, or if it was a dream,” Marco said. Marco was visiting his sister last week and wanted to encourage as many Ottawa residents as possible to come out to the fundraiser and help make a difference. “Really it’s the next day, and the days after that, where you see the destruction, it shakes you to your heart,” Marco said. “By coming out to the fundraiser, you are supporting some useful work for many Haitian communities, all while enjoying some great music.” The fundraiser will feature a performance from Rev. Ernie Cox and the London Trio Plus. Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults. Children 15 years-old and younger are admitted free. Tickets are available in advance by contacting Depestre at 613-830-4714 or at the door.

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Yvette Depestre and her brother Marco Depestre’s charitable organization will host a fundraiser for Haiti at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on April 27. The money raised will help rural communities in Haiti rebuild homes, schools and farming areas.

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Kayla O’Brien, a sheet metal worker, talks with high school students about her craft during a networking dinner at Algonquin College on April 9.

Girl power hits college Jennifer McIntosh

EMC news - Kaitlyn ReidLegge, a student at Rideau High School, is thinking about her future. That’s why the Grade 11 student headed to Algonquin College on April 9 to network with women in different careers. “I have done dual credit programs and a schism (career focused) program,” ReidLegge said, adding she has also participated in provincial youth-intern programs. “I am seriously looking at where I will end up,” she said. Of all the careers she got a chance to learn about at the Skills Canada-led event, Reid-Legge said she was most

interested in welding. Shannon Kuhn, a student at Notre Dame High School said she was interested in learning more about working in the trades. There were students from across the city attending the third annual event – aimed at encouraging female high school students to look at non-traditional career paths. The girls heard from Kayla O’Brien, a graduate of Algonquin College and a sheet metal worker. She took questions about her salary and brought some samples of her work. Other speakers included a filmmaker, a fire prevention officer, a business technology student and an IT worker. “It was really neat that it was girl focused,” Kuhn said. “Boys can tend to take over

at these types of events, so it was nice to be able to ask questions and learn without the distraction.” Julia Mazzarello, another student from Notre Dame High School, was interested in the talk by Lois Seigel, who workers as a photographer, filmmaker, musician and writer. Mazzarello attended the dinner because she wants to attend Algonquin’s social work program. “It would have been great if there had been a social worker here,” she said. The networking dinners were launched across Canada in 2000 in response to a minimal number of women entering careers in the skilled trades. The April 9 event at Algonquin boasted 53 attendees from 15 different schools.

Two city bylaw officers have already been tackling a list of derelict properties – both vacant and in use – and issuing orders for maintenance. “Our goal now, as of this day, to look forward and say … .your building might be vacant, but from the street you won’t notice it,” said RideauVanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury, who has the highest concentration of derelict vacant buildings in his ward. That extends to occupied buildings such as rooming houses. The city has partnered with ACORN, a low-income and tenant advocacy organization, to proactively deal with negligent landlords. So far, the partnership has resulted in the discovery of 518 deficiencies in four buildings. The city issues a total of 73 orders for issues in those four buildings to be cleaned up. New strategies to crack down on derelict properties will be drafted through consultations starting in June and presented to the committee in

September. Some of the ideas staff will look at include: • Limiting tax reductions property owners receive if their buildings are vacant. • Setting higher maintenance standards to improve the appearance of buildings and prevent them from detracting. • Requiring property owners to buy a licence if they want to keep their property vacant. Watson said he had a question for property owners who refuse to comply with the city’s orders to repair their buildings: “Why don’t you take pride in your community and your property?” A hint of the answer came from a couple delegates who spoke to the committee on behalf of property owner interests. John Dickie of the Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization said there are many circumstances, financial or otherwise, that could result in a property ending up in a poor state. Owners sometimes avoid spending money to maintain their buildings so they have enough resources left to invest

in rebuilding or redeveloping it, Dickie said. “It’s a tradeoff. (A) tradeoff between waste of money and impact on the neighbour,” he said. “It has impacts on neighbours, and we admit that.” Shirley Dolan, president of the Carleton Landowners Association, wondered why the city thought owners would be more willing to pour money into their properties now, when the economy is in a downturn, compared to previous decades when owners likely had more financial resources, but still didn’t maintain their buildings to the city’s standard. Dolan said “beauty is in the eye of the beholders. “I really don’t think that bullying property owners into improvements because you don’t like the look of the property is the way to go,” she said. The city should be more lenient in letting owners tear down buildings they don’t want to maintain, Dickie said. “What’s wrong with a vacant lot? I grew up across from a vacant lot,” he said.

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Fabricland continues to grow and evolve to not only meet their customers’ expectations but to exceed them. When home décor demands came from shoppers with little or no sewing experience, Fabricland premiered their ‘no-sew, ready-to-go’ home product line with ready-to-hang drapery panels, white bedding, an extensive line of drapery hardware, table linens such as placemats and runners, as well as a huge selection of decorative home accessories and much, much more... all of excellent quality and value. They called it the ‘Home Dec Centre’ and all of the Metro Ottawa stores have one. For those who like to craft their own decor, Fabricland has it all by the meter and bins of hardware. Quilters haven’t been left out in the cold either. Fabricland has the largest selection of materials, batting, backing, and threads for quilts to warm up the coldest winter night. For those looking to recycle some older clothing with spark, it’s all bling, buttons and beads at 50% off during the anniversary sale. When it comes to convenient locations, Fabricland has that sewn up as well. The Kanata store is at 471 Hazeldean Road (near Castlefrank), in Nepean it’s 1460 Merivale Road (between Clyde and Baseline), in Ottawa south at 1440 Walkley Road (near Albion North), in Ottawa East it’s in the Shopper’s City East Plaza at 2016 Ogilvie, and in Orleans you can find the savings at 2384 St. Joseph Blvd (just east of Orleans Blvd.). All locations have plenty of free parking and are open 7 days a week.

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Transit commission OKs Presto card to launch July 1 Laura Mueller

EMC news - OC Transpo has the go-ahead to roll out Presto smart cards for fare payment on July 1. The cards won’t be compatible with the Presto system in the GTA – yet – and transit commissioners were concerned about the delay in updating the cards’ cash balance online, but those worries weren’t enough for the commission to put the brakes on the smart card fare system. Starting May 18, OC Transpo will begin to distribute 184,000 of the remaining 200,000 free Presto cards the city initially planned to give out last year. The launch was plagued with delays and the past year has been “difficult, complex and (a) resource intensive project,” but the

system is now ready to go, OC Transpo general manager John Manconi told the transit commission on April 17. Transit commission chairwoman Coun. Diane Deans called the final decision to OK Presto a “historic day” in Ottawa. After a year of delays, testing and tracking, the transit commission is more confident in moving forward with Presto now than it was a year ago, Deans added. As with any large, technical system, there will be glitches, Manconi said. But there are no system-wide issues that would cause concern, he added. “It certainly seems that we’ve turned the corner from a mood of cynicism to optimism,” said transit commissioner and Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess. Beyond technical problems there are other nagging

issues that bothered transit commissioners. One issue is the 24- to 48hour delay between when customers top up the cash balance on their cards and when they have access to use that money on a bus. A delay is undesirable, commissioners agreed, but if it’s unavoidable for technical reasons, Metrolinx should at least try to ensure the delay is consistent. A range causes confusion, said new commissioner Mark Johnson during his first meeting. Manconi said he and OC Transpo will come back at some time in the future with a better solution. Ottawa Presto cardholders won’t yet be able to tap their cards on Presto readers in Toronto or Hamilton. There is no date on when that might happen. The GTA system will be upgraded before the end of

the year and then Metrolinx will be making the decision about when to upgrade Ottawa to that same system to ensure all cards work in both regions. A Presto replacement for paper tickets is not being addressed right now. For Para Transpo, the city will be spending $3 million to find an interim technological solution to bridge the gap between OC Transpo passes and the types of fare payments that are accepted on Para Transpo. GET A CARD

One of the main lessons learned over the past year was to avoid a big release of Presto cards all at once, Manconi said. “A staged and measured release is key,” he said, but the number 1 objective is still to get the card into people’s

hands and get them using it. Cards will be available in a number of ways. During the test period, demand for cards was highest through the website,, and that’s the first spot most riders will be able to get one on May 18. Starting May 27, riders will be able to pick up a card at city client service centres, OC Transpo sales and information centres, as well as Transitway stations on a rotating schedules. Select library branches across the city will also begin distributing the cards starting June 3. OC Transpo will have Presto outreach targeted at park-andride pass holders on May 17 and 18. Other selected groups, including seniors, community pass holders and certain community organizations and health centres will also be the

focus of OC Transpo’s efforts to distribute Presto cards over the summer. Ecopass holders will be able to get a Presto card as their annual passes expire between August and October. The overall cost to adopt the Presto system in Ottawa has gone up to $34.2 million, but the city will only pay $31.2 million – the rest will be covered by Metrolinx. The provincial agency had already committed to reimbursing the city for around $3 million to cover the cost of delays and lost revenue due to the delays. Metrolinx has now agreed to cover another $1.5 million in costs. It’s important to remember that saving money isn’t the intent of moving to a smart-card payment system, Manconi said. The idea is to provide better service that attracts more riders, he said.


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OC Transpo’s Para users shut out of Presto program Laura Mueller

EMC news - Presto payment cards will come into effect July 1 for OC Transpo – but not Para Transpo. Blocking riders who use both conventional transit and Para Transpo from using the Presto card unfairly disadvantages them, Para users told the transit commission on April 17. “To use a metaphor, we’re at the back of the bus,” said Kevin Kinsella, who uses a wheelchair and rides both Para and conventional transit. Kinsella said he would prefer to use Presto because it allows him to purchases passes and top up a cash balance at home, removing the need for him to navigate to an OC Transpo sales centre. The smart-card payment system approved by the commission on the same day will also be transferable, said another delegate, Catherine Gardner. That means her companion could use her pass when she is not using it, but since Gardner won’t be able to use the cards on Para Transpo, she won’t get those benefits

other transit users will receive. OC Transpo general manager John Manconi said he is very sensitive to the situation. He couldn’t explain why past transit management didn’t make the decision to adopt a payment system that works on the entire OC Transpo system, including Para Transpo. While he would prefer to see a Presto-based solution, Manconi said, that is “not an identified priority” for Metrolinx, the provincial agency that manages the Presto system. “We have told them that we are not waiting any further,” Manconi said. “We can either wait, or move on; we’ve moved on and we want to find a solution for them.” The main challenge revolves around the community pass. It is a discounted pass that many Para Transpo users buy and it means they only have to top up their fare to use the Para vans, which cost more. Community passes can also be used on conventional buses and the O-Train. Gardner asked why OC Transpo wouldn’t allow her to

show her Presto card to a Para Transpo operator, along the receipt showing she purchased a valid community pass on the card. Troy Charter, manager of transit operations, said it would be too complex to communicate that change to 180 Para operators, riders and the taxi drivers who support Para rides as part of the service – around 90 different drivers a day. “It may seem simple, but we want to make sure we provide a consistant service,” Charter said. Pat Scrimgeour, the manager of transit service and reporting, said receipts don’t have the security features that assure drivers a pass or transfer is valid. But Manconi emphasized the issue is not about a lack of trust of Para Transpo customers, but rather the confusion and complexity of making changes to the payment system. OC Transpo is working on a standalone electronic fare payment system for Para Transpo FILE that would also be accepted Para Transpo users won’t be able to reap the benefits of the Presto fare payment card on conventional OC Transpo when it launches on July 1 because the smart card will only work on conventional transit vehicles. vehicles.


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City to launch In My Neighbourhood service Laura Mueller

EMC news - Giving residents the ability to search for city services and information by neighbourhood is so important it will be the focus of a new tool that will launch on in June. The map-based application called In My Neighbourhood will let people search for things like what types of swimming lessons are offered at pools near where they live, work, or go to school. It will include information on things like the hours of nearby library branches and information about local road construction projects. “It’s a way for people to find out the service the city has that have value to them,” said Donna Gray, the director of Service Ottawa. Many of the requests for information the city receives have a location-specific focus, so it only makes sense to present information in a way that has meaning to people, Gray said. “The city is defined by its geography and people relate to it through its geography,” said Rob Collins, the city’s chief information officer. The tool is part of a larger overhaul of the city’s map-

based software. The cumbersome and outdated eMap tool will be replaced with a slicker format the city has dubbed geoOttawa. One of the most useful features will be that the new map platform will contain up-todate data from all city departments. “It means all parts of the City of Ottawa are starting to work from the same database,” instead of just looking at “snapshots” of the information, said Laine Wyman, project manager for the city’s geographic information systems and citizen-centric projects. “I can’t overemphasize how important this is,” he added. That will make data collection and presentation more efficient, but it also means the city -- and residents -- can do more with the information and use it in new ways, Wyman said. GeoOttawa will look like Google Maps and have mobile and light versions, which is not currently the case with eMap. EMap is part of an internal city staff tool called MAP (Municipal Application Partnership) that 2,300 city workers use to access and store information about things ranging from planning approvals to

bylaw enforcement and road inventories. MAP was brought in after amalgamation, but the underlying software it’s based on hasn’t been supported by its manufacturer for eight years. Gaining access to MAP is an ongoing struggle between city councillors and staff. Councillors used to be able to use the system until approximately a year ago, when they were shut out of the system and forced to request city staff to look up the information on their behalf. Councillors will be getting an update about why they no longer have access to that information at the next finance and economic development committee meeting after Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark brought it up during an April 10 council meeting. Mayor Jim Watson said the issue is entangled with privacy regulations related to the municipal freedom of information and protection of privacy act and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. “I really find that the rationale given for MFIPPA and MPAC are not intended … to hamper councillors’ access to information,” Clark said. “It’s not as if the members around this table are not to be trusted.”

Traffic, transportation biggest concerns for Beacon Hill residents Brier Dodge

EMC news - Most of the comments at Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney’s recent open house for residents centered around one topic: cars. Tierney gave a briefing on the light rail transit updates, as both Blair and Cyrville stations will be built. He said that because the city wants to have the Blair to Hurdman section of the LRT done BRIER DODGE/METROLAND by Canada’s 150th birthday in Coun. Tim Tierney speaks at the open house held for 2017, construction would be Beacon Hill-Cyrville residents at an April 17 open house at “aggressive” to get this portion the Royal Bank branch in Beacon Hill South. completed. While some residents ques- ing at Blair for users to park to muters to drive to Blair instead of using Trim Road or Place tioned the number of people use LRT to get downtown. “There is no appetite or d’Orléans park-and-rides. who would use the Cyrville Some people have wondered station, Tierney said that it’s an money to purchase more land area he expects to see grow and for parking,” Tierney said. if Shoppers City East will turn develop with more residential While the point is to keep traf- into parking, but Tierney said fic off highway 174 in general, it’s planned to be commercial projects in the coming years. There were also concerns adding a park-and-ride at Blair properties, with residential that there won’t be ample park- could prompt Orléans com- behind. 0425.R0012048520

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Ombudsman motion voted down Eddie Rwema

EMC news â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A motion by a south Ottawa public trustee to give the Ontario ombudsman extra authority to investigate and intervene in complaints that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resolved within the school boards, was voted down on April 2. Gloucester-Southgate trustee Mark Fisher, brought forward the motion seeking support from his fellow trustees to write a letter to the premier and leaders of the ofďŹ cial opposition, asking them to re-introduce and support legislation to modernize the Ombudsman act. Fisher was the only one that voted in favour of the motion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am disappointed but certainly, that will not stop me as an individual trustee moving forward and trying to advocate for this kind of change,â&#x20AC;? said Fisher. The legislation that Fisher is ďŹ ghting for would allow the ombudsman to investigate public complaints involving school boards as well as the governing bodies of universities, hospitals and municipalities


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writing, visual arts and free play outside or at Memorial Hall. The program costs $300 per month and will operate Monday to Friday from 3:15 to 5:45 p.m. Transportation at this time is not provided.

Ontario has fallen behind in oversight of organizations providing critical public services referred to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;MUSHâ&#x20AC;? sector â&#x20AC;&#x201C; municipalities, universities, school boards, hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, police, and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aid societies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are parents that ďŹ nd themselves in tough situations and feel they need to seek out another avenue to get another hearing in a more fair and impartial way,â&#x20AC;? said Fisher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extending these responsibilities to the ofďŹ ce of the Ombudsman made ultimate sense to me.â&#x20AC;? Fisher said he wished trustees had taken more time to understand how the ofďŹ ce of the Ombudsman works and how they could relate to that ofďŹ ce in a meaningful and respectful way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day the Ombudsman is not going to look at any complaint unless due process has been followed and exhausted at the local level â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this includes engaging the teacher, then the principal, school board ofďŹ cials and trustees,â&#x20AC;? he said. He said the legislation seeks

The centre will offer optional March Break and professional development day coverage. As the centre settles into its second year located at 255 Mackay St. in the heart of New Edinburgh, Hall said the non-proďŹ t organization has been working hard at building its programming to suit the needs of residents. With its spring and summer program guide recently released, Hall said there are multiple art classes, workshops, playgroups, camps and ďŹ tness classes. Many

to enhance the level of transparency and accountability in the education sector. Rideau-Vanier trustee Rob Campbell who chose to abstain said it was unfortunate that the motion was defeated without seeking to improve it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is too bad that the board as a whole wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t more supportive and I think there was something of value in his motion,â&#x20AC;? said Campbell. Campbell said he suggested a few amendments, which Fisher didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to incorporate in his motion, including one that sought the motion to just focus on school boards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He declined to seek those amendments so I had to abstain, though I support his motion in principle,â&#x20AC;? said Campbell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If his motion had passed that would be one more avenue for recourse for citizens and I am conďŹ dent the people I represent would be all for it.â&#x20AC;? Campbell added that for years now trustees across the province have felt their powers and authority are not respected. Fisher said voting down his motion will not stop him from continuing to advocate for it.

of the classes are offered at various times of the day, including an express yoga class offered at noon on Fridays that began on April 19. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to make sure there is something for everyone,â&#x20AC;? Hall said. A full list of programming is available online at To register for the bilingual after school program, please contact Hall at

Spring Cleaning the Capital Campaign: April 15th to May 15th This year marks the 20th anniversary of Cleaning the Capital. Cleaning the Capital is a campaign that provides residents with the opportunity to get involved in their community and to contribute to the cleanliness and beauty of our city. I encourage you to take part and join your neighbours, coworkers, friends and family to clean up our neighbourhood. Since the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception, over 856,000 volunteers have participated in 13,100 cleanup projects throughout the city. As a result, an estimated 1.48M kilograms of waste have been removed from our public spaces by residents! I encourage you to register your cleanup projects in our neighbourhood by calling 3-1-1 or by using the easy online registration form available at Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make 2013 our most successful year to date by showing the rest of Ottawa that our community has the most pride!

Rideau Street Renewal Construction The Rideau Street Renewal project resumed construction on April 15th. Last year, the construction project completed the underground renewal of the section of Rideau Street between Dalhousie Street and King Edward Avenue. The final streetscaping for this section will occur this year. This summer, the project will move eastward, with underground construction on Rideau Street between King Edward Avenue and the Cummings Bridge. Detour signs will identify areas where construction activities will impact both eastbound and westbound traffic. Please visit the Rideau Renewal project website for more information: The Rideau Street Renewal project will enhance and contribute to the vitality of our downtown. We encourage you to support our local businesses throughout construction, as all businesses remain open.


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EMC news - The Black Keys will play the opening night of Ottawa’s biggest musical festival, RBC Bluesfest, on July 4, said festival executive director Mark Monahan at an April 18 announcement. “In terms of name drop power, it’s a great addition,” he said. The Black Keys are the duo of vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerback and drummer-producer Patrick Carney, and have won several Grammy Awards. Last time the Black Keys played Bluesfest, in 2011, a massive rainstorm soaked

concert-goers and delayed the show until 10:20 p.m., sending the act past the festival’s 11 p.m. curfew. “We’re hoping to start the show a little earlier,” Monahan said. “It can only get better.” He also said ticket sales have been much higher than in past years, with youth passes doubling in sales and the three-and five-day passes selling better than expected. It’s led the organizers to limit the total number of tickets sold per night to 25,000, which Monahan expects to hit on half the nights. “It’s not a perfect science, because we are a 10 day event,” he said.

Several new acts were also announced on April 18, including R&B artist Nick Waterhouse, gospel band the Relatives, electro/house duo DVBBS, producer Adrian Lux, Canadian band Yukon Blonde, pop-rock Imaginary Cities, rapper Everlast and electronic group the Funk Hunters. Monahan said 99 per cent of the festival lineup has now been confirmed. He said it’s a tricky balance to find what is missing from each year’s lineup and booking in new bands who have availability. Bluesfest also released the stages and times of acts on April 18 on their website at


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EMC news - Come out to Centrepointe on May 4 and Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers with cure what ails you, says fiddler Ray Johnson. The group – formed in the ’80s – takes a piece of rural Newfoundland wherever they go. The trio is made up of Kevin Blackmore (aka Buddy Wasisname), Ray Johnson (the accordion playing fiddler) and Wayne Chaulk (writer and guitar player). Johnson and Chaulk both come from teaching backgrounds. They met at a school where they both worked in Glovertown, N.L. When Blackmore came into town, the group came together and never looked back. The tour that will bring them to Ottawa is a 30-year-anniversary celebration. The group looked to their fans on social media to develop a playlist. “We used those tools to ask people which songs they would like to hear,” Johnson said. Johnson said the group’s fan base is diverse – with some as young as high school age and some in their 90s.


Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers are pictured on the stage in Gander on April 8. The iconic musical comedy group is playing the Centrepointe Theatre on May 4. “It’s the kind of music that you put on when you’re feeling down and it makes you feel better,” Johnson said, adding the playlist will be a good balance of some of the more serious ballads, mixed with the lighter comedy. Johnson, who started playing accordion for local dances when he was eight, came into comedy largely under the direction of Blackmore. “It’s easy to be funny around him,” Johnson said, while he recounted the creation of the comedic lyrics for O

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Playing for a cause The band Muffler Crunch performs at the Rainbow Bistro in the Byward Market on April 13. The band was part of a fundraiser for Vanier Community Association board member Nick Heisler, who lost his home in a fire on Barrette Street.

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EMC news - The Sandy Hill Community Centre will host an evening of food, music and dance on April 27 to help raise money for Ethiopian youth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We expect a strong turn out from many people with links to Ethiopia, as well as those interested in sustainable food and agriculture,â&#x20AC;? said Sarah Dalle, event organizer for the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada. The Solomon Dawit Foundation, working in conjunction with the Unitarian Service Committee


Ethiopian scientist Melaku Worede will speak at a fundraiser for the Solomon Dawit Foundation and the Unitarian Service Committee of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on April 27. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting either the Solomon Dawit Foundation at 613-884-7487 or the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada at 613234-6827. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the community centre.

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that were in colour. This job alone could wile away many hours at the kitchen table in the evening. Then I sorted the pictures in two piles ... one for vegetables and one for flowers. When that job was finished, I next arranged the flowers into little piles, with my very favourites on top, and my least favourite ones on the bottom. I was especially fond of the pictures of the roses. The red ones. And there were pink and yellow ones too, but the blood-red ones, I


thought were very special. Mother never ordered roses, which was a big disappointment to me, but she said the ground out at Northcote wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good enough for rose bushes. My sister Audrey said it had more to do with the hard work involved in looking after rose bushes than it had to do with the soil. Even when I told Audrey I would be glad to look after them, she said we would never see rose bushes on the farm at Northcote and to put the idea out of my mind! And so I had to content myself with pictures cut out of the SteeleBriggs seed catalogue. See I WAS, page 29

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he Steele-Briggs seed catalogue was now mine. Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s order had long since arrived. It came when the snow was deep around the house, and the sprigs of vegetables poking through the ground in the garden were still a long way off. All over the house, for weeks, Mother had been urging little flat wood boxes of earth to show signs of life. These boxes emerged every year, filled with earth by Father, and until it was time to plant the sprouts out in the garden, they sat on benches and chairs, watched and watered by Mother. The window sills were too narrow to hold the boxes, and so finding a place to sit in the kitchen was often a challenge this time of year. When Mother first planted the seeds that would have arrived in the mail COD, I was wild with excitement. I checked every day to see if anything had sprung up, but after days and days of constant vigilance, I lost interest, and instead concentrated on the seed catalogues, for which I had great plans. Using one of the rough-lined scribblers Mother had bought from Ritzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drug Store in Renfrew on the One-Cent-Sale, I re-created my very own seed catalogue. When I was finished, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t at all look like the Steele-Briggs one that came in wintertime. The first thing I did was cut out all the pictures in the catalogue

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Thrifty garden springs up in scribbler Continued from page 1

I was at the stage in my life when I loved to draw. And so I drew little gardens on each page of the big scribbler with the rough pages and the shiny black cover. I coloured the pages with my crayons, and I thought I had done a good enough job to even take the finished book to show Miss Crosby at the Northcote School. Again, my sister Audrey advised me to keep it at home, since it may cause bad Marguirite to go into a fit of jealousy, and goodness knows what that could mean! There was no money for anything fancy like a little bottle of mucilage. Mother did something magically with boiled water and flour, and we used that to stick paper-to-paper and it worked perfectly well. And so I would begin to create my very own catalogue. The roses went onto a page first. The red ones. Another page of drawings, and then the pink roses, and finally, the yellow ones. By the time I had worked through all the little piles of


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cut-out flowers and pasted them into the scribbler, each separated by a crayon-coloured drawing, the scribbler was so fat, it was impossible to keep it closed. But if nothing else, those scribblers were a bargain. There were still plenty of empty pages left for the pictures of my favourite vegetables. I was never that fond of turnips or cabbages, but blood-red tomatoes and green cucumbers, yellow beans, and radishes, all had their own pages in my ‘seed catalogue’. My brother Emerson, who was a far better artist that I was, and never let me forget it, laughed at my attempt at drawing gardens in my scribbler. But Mother said my pictures reminded her of the big calendar we got from Scott’s Hardware that year which was a country scene taken by a real camera. And that was good enough for me! When finally, the little wood boxes of earth scattered all over the house started to sprout, and finally grow a few inches, my interest was renewed. I again looked every day

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EMC news - The Ray Friel Recreation Complex will play host to a sledge hockey tournament on April 26 to 28. Sledge hockey players sit in small sleds with blades, and hold picks to propel themselves across the ice. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an adapted version of the game that allows disabled players who cannot participate in able-bodied hockey to play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten years ago, when I started playing, people wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have seen it,â&#x20AC;? said OrlĂŠans-raised sledge hockey player Alain Bazinet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sledge hockey is a lot more well known now, I can walk around and tell people I play.â&#x20AC;? Bazinet, 28, was born with cerebral palsy and has been a longtime member of the Ottawa sledge hockey community, and the captain of the provincial team. The tournament will feature three divisions for different levels of competition, including a junior division for youth players, ranging in age from three to early teens. The 12-team tournament has clubs travelling from as far as New York to face off against National Capital players. Bazinet plays with the Ottawa Sledgehammers as well as the Stittsville Falcons, and participates in house league games as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I play pretty well on every team that

they let me play,â&#x20AC;? said the Rockland resident. He said that putting players into tournaments with a variety of competitive levels helps promote development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives everyone an opportunity to see the different levels of play, to aspire to the higher more competitive teams, or to aspire to join the provincial and national programs as well,â&#x20AC;? he said. While some players like Bazinet were born with disabilities, other players, such as Nepeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ben Delaney, started as able bodied players. Delaney played hockey, but lost his leg to cancer. Now 17, he has recently been selected for the national development team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re grassroots, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to build a program that will feed into the national team,â&#x20AC;? said Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario marketing director Cathryn Kallwitz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the ďŹ rst time weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a junior division; there are some really great kids.â&#x20AC;? Planning a sledge hockey tournament is slightly more difďŹ cult than a regular hockey tournament, because almost all the players require accessible accommodations. Instead of one host hotel, organizers have to secure enough ground-level hotel rooms at several nearby hotels for players, many of whom use wheelchairs. While they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to secure one of the fully accessible rinks in

Alain Bazinet, a local sledge hockey player who grew up in OrlĂŠans, plays with a local team. the city, Kallwitz said they have been working with staff at Ray Friel to make sure the tournament wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any barriers for the players, and they can focus on hockey. The tournament will feature a showcase scrimmage with local councillors and media making a sledge hockey team on April 27

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He said a community member who requires a mobility device wanted to attend the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, but it would have been very difďŹ cult to lift the person and their 136-kilogram electric scooter into the community centre, Dance said. Atelier 292 Architect had originally planned a ramp zig-zagged up to the front entrance on Main Street, but newer plans feature a ramp beside the building along Hawthorne Road, Dance said. The community association suggested the change for a few reasons: disembarking from a vehicle is easier on Hawthorne because it is a lesstrafďŹ cked side street and the ramp will be easier to get up without mul-

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tiple turns, also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;switchbacks,â&#x20AC;? Dance said. The Old Town Hall is designated as a heritage building and the ramp will be designed to blend into the historic style of the building as much as possible. It will be constructed of poured concrete clad in natural stone with a metal railing. The current steps are a newer addition to the building, but they are in poor condition and will be replaced, along with the door. The door frame will be extended and switched to open in the opposite direction and a push button will be installed. Initial estimates pegged the cost of constructing the ramp at around $60,000 to $70,000.


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Breeders, pet owners pleased with final kennel bylaw Changes include a licence for recreational dog owners Laura Mueller


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EMC news - The third time was the charm for Ottawa’s new kennel rules, which are aimed at preventing puppy mills. The proposed bylaw was delayed twice late last year after public outcry that centered on how the new rules would impact people who own dogs for recreational purposes such as dogsledding. West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry originally asked for it to be delayed in October following a large public outcry. For one thing, the city would be asking many rural dog owners to fly under the radar if it passes new kennel and breeding rules, Kinburn resident Tim Pychyl told councillors during that meeting on Oct. 4. Staff included a new recreational kennel category in the



guy previously lived with a cat, and was very respectful of his feline friend! His new family will need to make sure he gets adequate physical exercise and mental stimulation. A tired dog, is a good dog after all! King is a “Foster-Me-First” adoption because he’s on medication for an ear infection and will need to see the vet again. Ozzy is a beautiful, one-year-old, neutered male, white domestic shorthair, blue-eyed

Don’t assume that because you’re sniffling and sneezing, a pet is the cause. Many household particles, such as dust and mould, can cause allergic reactions. Make sure to see an allergist for testing. Animal allergies are caused by glands in the animal’s skin secreting tiny allergy-triggering proteins, called allergens. Allergens are present in flakes of dry skin (dander) and the animal’s saliva and urine. The allergens may circulate in the air after saliva dries on the animal’s fur. For people who are allergic to animals, most animals, and all cats and dogs, are allergenic (or, allergy-causing). Cats and rabbits tend to be more allergenic than dogs for allergic people, although some people are more sensitive to dogs than cats. Contrary to popular belief, there are no “non-allergenic” breeds of dogs or cats; even hairless breeds may be highly allergenic. There are some breeds of cats and dogs that are considered hypoallergenic, which means they are generally less allergy-causing than other breeds. However, even among breeds, one dog or cat may be more irritating to an individual allergy sufferer than another animal of that same breed.

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A combination of approaches — medical control of symptoms, good housecleaning methods and immunotherapy — is most likely to succeed in allowing an allergic person to live with pets. If you do not currently have a pet and are considering one, and know you, or a family member, are pet-allergic, be sure to consider carefully whether you can live with the allergy before you bring a new pet home. Pet allergies can range from very mild to very serious. Too many allergic people obtain pets without thinking through the challenges of living with them. Too often, owners end up relinquishing pets — a decision that is difficult and can be traumatic for the pet. If you have allergies and have decided to live with an animal, it is important to find an allergist who understands your commitment to living with your pet. Also, find out just how severe your allergy is. You can begin to determine how allergic you are to animals by spending time with friends who have pets. Trying to cope with allergies to your pet? You’re not alone. Many people suffering from animal allergies choose to share their lives with a pet.

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cat who loves to show you his moves when playing with string toys or chasing things. He was surrendered to the shelter by his owner on January 8, and is now available for adoption. He has an athletic, runners build, and fast reflexes and will need an owner who can handle a rough player! Ozzy would prefer to live in an adult-only home, and be the only feline as he is known to give love nips. We are unsure, but think that Ozzy may also be deaf, so he should not be let outside without a leash or safe enclosure, despite his strong desire to see what’s on the other side of any door. Looking for a cat with an adventurous, fearless spirit? This trained to walk on-leash cat would love to meet you! To learn more about King or Ozzy, or for more information on all of our animals, contact the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext 258 or visit us at our new location, 245 West Hunt Club Rd.

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Here is a photo of our cat Binks. As you can see, she really gets into the holidays. Binks is a 12 year old tabby who is head of my cheerleading squad when it comes to my chemo. Evertime she sees the side effects that my treatments cause, Binks will come and lay with me for hours just to let me know things will be get better soon.

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there is a lot of leeway there for the “good” breeders to comply. The second category would put a limit of three dogs and five cats in place for the in-home breeding kennel category. But after the public called for it, staff added a clause to allow up to three retired dogs or five retired cats to be kept as pets, or a rescued dog or cat to be kept temporarily. The limits wouldn’t apply to in-home breeding kennels that house animals primarily in an outbuilding. The in-home breeding category includes basic requirements such as clean conditions and veterinary care when necessary, but it also includes limits on breeding, selling and transferring animals. City staff also removed a clause of the in-home breeding kennel that would have required breeders to be a member in good standing of a bona fide dog or cat registry such as the Canadian Kennel Club or the Canadian Cat Association. That’s in recognition of breeders who focus on mixed “designer” breeds rather than purebreeds.

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King is a big boy! This one and a half year old, neuteured male, Mastiff was surrendered to the OHS on is looking for his forever home! King loves to be socialized and would benefit from an owner who is eager to bring him around different people and to different places in order to become more confident! King has good house training skills but will need to be taken out frequently to know what’s expected of him! This big lovable


new proposal, which would cover homes where dogs are raised for non-commercial recreational purposes. The category has a limit of 10 dogs over the age of 20 weeks (this category only applies to dogs), unless they are housed in a building separate from the home. License holders can also keep up to three dogs that have retired from their recreational use and one rescued dog. Pychyl said the addition “has really done the job of creating the space we need to ethically own and race dogs.” “At the first meeting, it seemed like the city had no idea … They seemed to think if you had dogs, you were a kennel and breeding operation,” said Joan Colbourn, past president of the Ottawa Kennel Club. Still, many dog owners and breeders will continue to fly under the radar even though they should be licensed, said the kennel club’s current president, Carol Broadhurst. “It would be wonderful if everyone applied … but not everyone will apply. That’s the problem,” she said, adding


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Adopt complete streets, environmental groups urge city Tyler Costello

EMC News - Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest environmental organization is continuing to work to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada by campaigning to make streets safer and more accessible for all users. Ecology Ottawa, which calls itself a grassroots and volunteer-driven organization, is pushing for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;complete streetsâ&#x20AC;? policy to be implemented into the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Official Plan, currently under review. There is not a checklist to determine whether a street is considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;completeâ&#x20AC;? because it depends on how the street is already being used by cars, pedestrians, cyclists and public transit. Some examples of making streets more complete would include widening sidewalks, adding bike lanes and making streets more accessible for public transit. Ecology Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to urge the city to adopt the complete streets method and apply it to the whole urban boundary area, meaning everywhere the city of Ottawa provides services. The city has already identified compete streets as one of the 14 principles being used to guide the Official Plan review process set to conclude at the end of the year. Streets should be designed to meet the needs of all users, said Trevor HachĂŠ, policy co-ordinator for Ecology Ottawa. HachĂŠ listed saving money, reducing environmental destruction and lessening pollution as

benefits to the proposal. Other cities that have adopted similar policies, HachĂŠ said, and they have seen benefits to local businesses after people become more open to spending time on the streets. HachĂŠ, who believes the vast majorities of streets in Ottawa are â&#x20AC;&#x153;incomplete,â&#x20AC;? cited sections of Baseline Road that lack proper accommodation for cyclists and narrow sidewalks as areas that need attention. He pointed to sections of Laurier Avenue that feature segregated bike lanes and wide sidewalks as being friendly to all users of the road. HachĂŠ said despite the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own policy to prioritize pedestrians, the municipal government spends far more money on policies that make roads better for private automobiles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite contradictory,â&#x20AC;? he said. There are more than 5,000 kilometres of roads in Ottawa and the vast majority serve motorists well, but not walkers and public transit users, said HachĂŠ. Although Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley agrees it makes sense to improve some of the roads, he disagrees with changing every road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be careful not to adopt reports that are anti-car,â&#x20AC;? said Hubley, adding that only two per cent of the population can bike year round. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People driving downtown is a big part of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy,â&#x20AC;? Hubley said. People want to be able to get from their houses to where they have to go and back as quickly as possible, he

said. The Complete Streets Ottawa campaign was launched on March 26 at the University of Ottawa, a meeting that was organized by Ecology Ottawa, the Student Federation of the



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Flutter as One Algonquin College public relations students raised money for ValĂŠrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flutter Foundation through their public relations Flutter As One campaign. They presented a cheque for $20,000 to the family of ValĂŠrie Goneau, who passed away from cancer in 2011. ValĂŠrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flutter Foundation donates money to grants for rare cancer research. Here, Algonquin College students hold the giant cheque they presented to the Goneau family at the Aulde Dubliner Pour House in Ottawa on April 16.


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April 27 St. Matthias Church is hosting itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring flea market on April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Among the items available will be household articles, toys, jewelry, collectibles, books and used clothing. The church is located at 555 Parkdale Ave., near the Queensway. Parkdale United Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring rummage sale will take place at 429 Parkdale Ave. on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, please call the church at 613-728-8656 or visit www.

April 28 ByTown Voices are hosting a spring concert on April 28 at 3 p.m. at St. Basilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church. The program includes

the Coronation Anthem by Handel and music by several Canadian composers. The concert will feature director Robert Jones and accompanist Brenda Beckingham. Tickets are $10 at the door and free for children 12 and under. The venue offers plenty of free parking and is wheelchair accessible. For more information visit or call 613-521-4997.

April 30 The next 55-Alive for Mature Drivers course is at the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, 1365 Richmond Rd. on April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and May 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register by calling the Olde Forge (613-829-9777). The $30 fee includes six hours of in-class instruction and the

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May 1 The Ottawa Newcomersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Club welcomes members and potential new members to its monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m., which will be followed by a spring fashion show presented by Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trainyards. The cost for the three-course luncheon, including tea or coffee, is $29 (wine extra). The event will take place at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, 1405 Aylmer Rd., Gatineau. Reservations required by April 23. Please contact Barb at 613-837-2520. For more information, visit

May 4 The Bel-Air Lions/Norsemen

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Football club are hosting a pre-registration barbecue on from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 4 at Raven Park, located at 1500 Larose Ave. The charity event is an opportunity to meet the coaches, managers, staff and current players. Practices start in July, while games run from August to October. For more information, visit The Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club will be hosting a yard sale on May 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the club, located on the corner of Byron and Golden avenues. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything under the sunâ&#x20AC;? sale will feature things ranging from baked goods, books, electronics, collectors items, kitchen gadgets, jewelry, household items, paintings and more. The sale goes rain or shine. Refreshments will be available. Join Hopeful Hearts for a Spring Walk-a-Thon fundraising event to help dogs that are getting ready for adoption. Come on out and join a family day of fun from 12 to 4 p.m.

There will be micro-chipping, dog demonstrations, nail trims, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and adult games with your pooches, face painting, vendors and rescue groups. Enjoy a barbecue served up by The Butchery. Start collecting your pledges now because there will be awesome prizes for the most pledges collected. If you are unable to collect pledges, there is a minimum donation of $20. The event is being held in the beautiful Stanley Park, New Edinburgh. For more details, please go to The Bromley Road Baptist Church is presenting a spring concert, Broadway and Beyond, to be performed by the 60-member Orpheus Choral Group on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. This is a fundraising event to help the choir purchase new gowns for our upcoming 100 anniversary. Tickets are $15 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be reserved by calling the church at 613-722-2834 or can be purchased at the door.


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A plant sale and spring bazaar fundraiser for Civic Hospital Area Parks Committee will take place on May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of Parkdale and Orrin avenues. The event will feature homegrown perennials, exotic water garden plants, hand-crafted necklaces and earrings, gourmet bakery items as well as dog and cat treats. Pick up something special for Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, credit cards accepted. Visit for details or email

May 4-5 The Ottawa African Violet Society is hosting its annual show and plant sale, celebrating 120 years of Saintpaulia (African violets). The event takes place May 4 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jim Durrell Complex located at 1265 Walkley Rd. Admission is $4. For more information, visit or email

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