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EMC entertainment - Centretown’s Grassroots festival is returning this year and promises to be bursting with free, fun family activities spread across what is now a two-day event. The Grassroots Festival announced its lineup at Pressed Gourmet Sandwich Bar in Centretown on March 6. After a successful inaugural year, organizer Robert Nesbitt decided to expand the festival’s programming to make it a two-day event taking place on April 2728 at the Legion Hall located at 330 Kent St. “Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this event,� he said at the launch. Nesbitt said the incredible support he had with the inaugural event last year provided him with the opportunity to expand the festival. “The success of the festival is due in large part to the volunteers, some 65 of them,� he said. “Everyone associated with the festival is a volunteer, except the performers.� This year Nesbitt said there will be more than 65 volunteers

helping with the festival. For music lovers or learners, there is more than 34 hours of free entertainment during the daytime with multiple opportunities to learn a thing or two from some local Ottawa musicians at any of the free workshops and performances during the weekend. In total, there will be 120 musical performances, including a pintsized choir led by Chris White. “The Sparrows are a group of home-schooled children who wanted to start a choir,� White explained. “One parent called another, and then another, and eventually I was asked to do it.� White, a local musician who co-founded the Ottawa Folk Festival and teaches singing at Algonquin College, said he jumped at the chance to work with the choir. “The neat thing is, is that my dad actually ran a children’s choir when I was young, which I was a part of, and now I am teaching these kids who are singing a lot of those same songs,� he said. “It’s a lot of fun.� See FRIENDS, page 6

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Lindsay Groleau and Caitlyn Groleau sing a few songs for the crowd at the Pressed Gourmet Sandwich Bar on March 7. The girls are part of a new children’s choir, Sparrows, that will be performing at the Grassroots Festival this April.

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Vanier sugar shack getting ready for maple festival New activities, programs for all ages Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - People young and old will have activities to enjoy at this year’s Vanier Maple Sugar Festival which promises to get you moving, laughing and eating lots of sticky syrup. The Maple Sugar Festival begins on March 17 at Richelieu Park. The annual festival has a number of allages activities this year, including the return of the Lumberjack competition and storytelling at the sugar shack. All of the activities will be taking place at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, Richelieu Park, and the sugar shack located in the park. “What I was trying to do this year was to have activities that fit every demographic,” said organizer Heidi Duhaime. New events include a night of maple-inspired tales, a dinner/dance with the Disco Inferno Band, a seniors dance at the Centre PaulineCharon and a free improv night with the University of Ottawa Improvisation League which will encourage audience participation. “What’s pretty cool about this activity is that it’s completely free,”

Duhaime said. Patrons are encouraged to bring packaged toilet paper donations as a form of admission for the event, which the festival will give to Partage Vanier. When organizing this year’s events, Duhaime said the main goal was to attract a wide variety of people by creating events geared towards people of all ages. The improv night is free, for example, something Duhaime said should encourage teenagers and university students to attend. “We wanted to keep the costs proportionate to the demographic the activities are aimed for,” she said. Back this year is the second annual Maple Race, the pancake breakfast, the Lumberjack’s Challenge and the seventh annual edition of the Soup Splash, where local chefs create maple-flavoured soups. Members of the community are getting involved too, with the Vanier Community Association participating in the Lumberjack’s Challenge. Board members Geoff Derry and David Bateman will be leading two teams of association members. The only urban one of its kind in Canada, Vanier’s maple sugar shack has been burning the midnight oil

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Heidi Duhaime is working around the clock to make this year’s Vanier Maple Sugar Festival a success. A long-time event organizer, Duhaime has expanded the activities this year to ensure the week-long festival will be fun for all ages. since mid-February to make oodles of syrup for all the pancakes and sugar taffy prepared for the festival. Duhaime said this festival is a true community festival and credits both the events partners and volunteers for making it so. “We have over 700 trees tapped, all by volunteers,” Duhaime said.

“All of which would not have been possible without all the volunteers who help.” Throughout the week, schools will be taking guided tours of the sugar bush, visitng Muséoparc, enjoying a maple tasting, as well as participating in storytelling and craft workshops.

More than 1,100 students will attend this year, Duhaime said. Families and residents can enjoy these same activities during the March 23-24 weekend. A full schedule of events is available on Muséoparc’s website at www.museoparc.ca for a full list of activities and times.

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New resident forum to take place in Vanier Monthly coffee houses to discuss crime prevention, resident ideas Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

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Mayor Jim Watson chats with Nepean residents Sandra Sosic, left, of the Canadian Red Cross, and Laura Mogawie, right, during the launch of the city’s older adult plan at the Council on Aging of Ottawa’s headquarters.

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EMC news - Ottawa marked the launch of its plan for making the city more liveable for seniors by announcing it is now part of the World Health Organization’s network of agefriendly cities. The global designation reaffirms the intent of the city’s older adult plan: to ensure the city’s services and infrastructure contribute to healthy aging and a good quality of life for seniors, Mayor Jim Watson said. “This is a pivotal moment for our city as we move towards a new way of providing services,” Watson said during the March 6 launch event held at the Council on Aging of Ottawa’s headquarters in the Diocesan Centre in Alta Vista. In the next 20 years, the number of seniors in Ottawa will double, Watson said. For the first time ever there will be more seniors living in the city than children under the age of five.Sometimes it’s hard to grasp the impact of that, Wat-

son said, so he offered an example. The first time he served as mayor from 1997 to 2000, Watson said he used to get around three or four requests each year to send out certificates congratulating residents on their 100th birthdays. Last year, Watson’s office received 27 requests.“That is telling me something,” he said. “We are on the cusp of a significant demographic shift,” agreed Kathy Yach, president of the council’s board. It means the city will have to do things a little differently to serve its aging population. The older adult plan is a framework to look at how the city can “empower and support” its older residents, Watson said. From lengthening the walk time on pedestrian signals to putting out more yellow boxes of grit for residents to use on sidewalks, there many small and large ways the city can better support seniors, said Bay Coun. Mark Taylor, chairman of the city’s community and protective services committee. Taylor also highlighted a new city initiative – the Older

Adult Activity Guide, which is published on ottawa.ca and in hard copy. It’s a compendium of all recreational services and programs the city offers for older residents and it’s something people asked for during consultations on the older adult plan, Taylor said. As a capital city, Ottawa has a unique position to take on a leadership role and provide an example for other municipalities on how to become age friendly, Yach said. “Let’s build a community that respects elders and allows them to remain engaged in their communities,” she said. In a video message, James Beard of the World Health Organization congratulated Ottawa on becoming part of the global “momentum” to integrate age-friendly policies in all aspects of city planning. As a member of the World Healthy Organization’s network, Ottawa will have access to international experts on aging and a chance to take part in collaborative activities with other age-friendly communities.

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EMC news - Crime prevention will take on a new guise in the Vanier community this month as residents host their first coffee house this month. The coffee house crime prevention evening, taking place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on March 14 at the Vanier Community Service Centre, will focus on establishing and maintaining strong neighbourhood watches in the community. Organized through the Together for Vanier partners, including the Vanier Community Service Centre, Crime Prevention Ottawa and the Vanier Community Association, the coffee houses will encourage residents to continue crime prevention efforts following

Crime Prevention Ottawa’s end to formal engagement with the community. Stefan Cherry, crime prevention liaison officer at the service centre, is organizing the event and said it will provide a forum for people to share ideas and concerns in a relaxed environment. “The coffee houses are just one more way for the Vanier neighbourhood to keep working at making our neighbourhood a safer and friendlier place.” Cherry said. The idea came from area residents, as well as other communities in Ottawa that are also working to reduce crime. Funding for the coffee houses is provided through Crime Prevention Ottawa, the Vanier Community Service Centre,

the community foundation of Ottawa, and the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centre of Ottawa. The goal is to organize at least eight to 10 events in 2013 according to Cherry. “(It’s a place) where they can meet their neighbours and learn more about ways we can all get more involved in preventing crime here in our great neighbourhood of Vanier.” he said. Cherry encourages residents to use the coffee houses as a chance to get to know their neighbours and to learn how to become more informed and more engaged in the Vanier community. Next month, the second coffee house will take place with a focus on crime stoppers, tips and tricks and numbers to call. For more information about the coffee houses, contact Cherry at 613-744-2892 or email him at scherry@cscvanier.com.

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Hopewell PS book fair raises funds for renovation Sale to support makeover of school library

“I found the event was so successful, not just in reaching our fundraising goal, but it was a nice community event,” Small said. The sale raised more than $5,300 for the renovations. Small credited the many parents who volunteered either before or after school to sort and price the donated books. At the start of the book fair, there were more than 5,000 books up for grabs. By time the sale was over, Small said there were a number of

Hopewell Children’s Book Sale was organized by the school council in an effort to help raise money the school’s library renovations. Jennifer Small, the school council chairwoman, said the council came up with the idea to holding the book fair earlier this year. The council was hoping to raise $5,000 through the sale and managed to slightly surpass that number.

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EMC news - Hopewell Public School’s recent book fair was a huge success, helping the school get one step closer to raising enough money to renovate its aging library. The first organized fundraiser book fair was held on March 12 at Hopewell’s gymnasium. The

books left over, which the council left for teachers to pick and choose from. Any remaining books will be donated to other schools and pre-schools in the area. Along with some earlier fundraising initiatives, Small said plans to give the library a makeover are moving closer to reality. “The library hasn’t been updated in years, maybe decades,” Small said. “It needs a facelift and it needs to reflect the needs of the students.” The council and the school

have been working together on the renovation plans, which will include creating more computer stations, studying spots and reading nooks. Small said she already sees this event quickly becoming an annual one. “I think we would do it again, not just for the fundraising efforts, but for the community aspect,” she said. Small said the school intends to start the renovations before the start of summer holidays with an eye towards completing them by September.

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Ashbury youth receives community builder award Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Bessie Zhang started volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club when she was 14 years-old. Since first stepping foot in the Britannia clubhouse, Zhang admits she became captivated by the motivated youth at the club, so much so that she started a music program and a summer camp for the children to learn how to play piano, write songs and learn new languages. Now 18, the young Ashbury College student says she would not have traded a moment of her time at the clubhouse with those children. This past year, the United Way Ottawa paid tribute to Zhang’s volunteering efforts at the Boys and Girls Club by presenting her with a Community Builder Award. “This is a huge honour,” she said. Zhang officially received her award during a school assembly, where she admits she was completely shocked by the news. “I do what I do, because I love it,” she said. “Volunteering is so unbelievable, I am an only child and going there I

have a hundred kids that make me feel like I have brothers and sisters.” Zhang was one of 49 people and organizations the United Way presented a Community Award to in 2012. United Way’s Community Builder Award program awards outstanding volunteers, organizations, partnerships, agencies and neighbourhood groups. Those names were added to the Scotiabank Wall of Inspiration at city hall on March 7. A Barrhaven native, Zhang started two programs at the Ottawa west clubhouse, a music program called Time to Shine and a language learning summer camp called Viva la Vida. “What actually drove me to start the programs is being exposed to the kids who are so much like me, but have had such different experiences,” Zhang said. “I felt it was only natural to give them the opportunities I have.” Although Zhang has helped create new opportunities for those children, she credits the clubhouse to helping her grow up. “I am proud, not so much of the program, but of the kids who are choosing to spend their time to learn how to play

the piano or learn to write songs,” Zhang said. “They choose to come and put their minds to it and learn these new talents. I think above all I am proud of the kids.” The music program teaches participants how to do things like play the piano or write a song. Even though she has been a piano student since the age of nine, Zhang had experience with song writing, but decided to add it to her program, because of one particular girl. “This young girl was singing a song and it was so pretty,” Zhang said. “I asked her what the song was and she said she made it up. I realized then that I needed to incorporate songwriting into the program. I wanted to give her the chance to learn how to song write.” Zhang said she purchased the book Songwriting for Dummies to teach herself the basics. From there, she said her students and her learned from each other. There are currently 60 young people signed up for her program and each year the group performs concerts at seniors’ centres in the city. Her language learning program, she said, also stemmed

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The United Way Ottawa awarded Ashbury College student Bessie Zhang with a Community Builder Award for her volunteering efforts at the Boys and Girls Club. Zhang and 49 other community builder award winners’ names were added to the Scotiabank Wall of Inspiration at city hall on March 7. from wanted to give the youth at the club more opportunities to learn. The summer program of-

fered the children a chance to learn Spanish through playing games and activities. “Its funny, even now in the

winter, some kids still want to come and talk to me in the languages they have learned,” she said.

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The choir has 20 members from across the city. White has help from one of the home school parents, who coordinates the group. Six of the Sparrows choir members performed at the launch. The headliners for Saturday night are Wendell Ferguson and Suzie Vinnick, with openers Ana Miura and Amanda Rheaume. On Sunday night the headliner is Big Soul Project with opener Andy Rush and the Weekend Choir. Sunday’s concert is a fundraiser, to help raise money for CKCU FM, a volunteer-run radio station in Ottawa. Some of the festival performers attended the March 7 launch, including Missy Burgess and Amanda Bon and the Outskirts. “To be apart of this festival is amazing,” Bon said. Nesbitt, asked many times what a grassroots festival is, explained what he feels this

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Missy Burges performs for the crowd at Pressed Gourmet Sandwich Bar at the Grassroots Festival launch event on March 7. concert and the music associated with it is. “Grassroots means an organization with a voice, members supporting each other and it means family and friends, much like those who are here today,” Nesbitt said.

“It means doing something for the community.” Ticket prices are $25 for Saturday night, $15 for Sunday night, and $35 for a weekend pass. More information about the festival is available at www. ottawagrassrootsfestival.com.


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McKenzie wins NDP nomination in Ottawa Centre Steph Willems steph.willems@metroland.com

EMC news – Whenever the next provincial election is held, the NDP will be fielding a familiar face in the Ottawa Centre riding. Jennifer McKenzie, who serves as chairwoman of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, won the party’s nomination on Sunday, March 3, during a well-attended meeting at the

Bronson Centre. McKenzie beat out former Ottawa city councillor Alex Cullen for the nomination. The Ottawa Centre riding has been held by Liberal MPP Yasir Naqvi since 2007. “I want to thank Mr. Cullen for our spirited discussions over the past several months,” said McKenzie in a media release. “Together, we have forged a new coalition in Ottawa Centre that’s ready to hold Mr. Naqvi and the tired Liberal

government to account for their mismanagement in Ontario.” A former electrical engineer who has served as the public board chairwoman for two years and trustee for Kitchissippi/Somerset for six, McKenzie announced her intention to seek the nomination in early January following a period of “careful consideration.” At the time, she referenced the ongoing labour strife between the governing Liberals and unions representing el-

ementary and secondary school teachers as one of the reasons she decided to run. Last fall’s prorogation of the provincial legislature by former premier Dalton McGuinty was another. The nomination meeting was presided over by Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath, who used the venue to discuss demands her party will make of the Liberals when the provincial budget is presented in the coming weeks.

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“It’s a drag on the economic potential of neighbourhoods like this and it’s something that needs to be addressed if we aspire to more,” Hume added. Watson singled out one company in particular – Claude Lauzon Group – which is already taking the city to court in an effort to get permission to tear down a decaying school it owns at the corner of Cumberland and Murray streets in Lowertown. The conflict between the property management company and the city escalated last week with Lauzon sending letters to councillors Mathieu Fleury and Peter Hume threatening defamation lawsuits for comments made to Le Droit newspaper and the CBC regarding the rundown state of the old school Lauzon Group owns at 287 Cumberland St. “The city will not be intimidated by legal tactics from derelict property owners,” Watson said. A lawyer for Claude Lauzon Group did not return calls before this newspaper’s deadline. Hume said he doesn’t regret any comments he

made. “If anything, the comments that I and Coun. Fleury and others have made have engendered a wider public debate that, at the end of the day, is going to make our city a better place.” Fleury’s ward, RideauVanier, is home to a concentration of rundown buildings, including the school at 287 Cumberland St. “You might own commercial, residential or institutional buildings that are vacant, but from street level, they shouldn’t (look) vacant,” Fleury said. Hume said the issue spans the entire city, and it’s not just about properties that have a heritage designation. “This is an issue that communities face whether you’re on Bank Street in Old Ottawa South or you’re in my community on Faircrest Heights that has a building that was damaged by fire,” Hume said. The city wants to see vibrant, “complete” streets and it’s looking at a number of options to ensure the upkeep of buildings. On April 18, city staff will present options for addressing derelict buildings at the community and protective services committee.

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fter a winter of significant snowfall, everyone needs to take extra care around the waterways of the capital region this spring. According to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, the snowpack in the area is at the second-highest level recorded since measurements began in 1974, posing a significant risk to low-lying areas in the watershed. If we get significant rainfall this spring, that will only increase the flooding risk. The conservation authority indicates a flood risk is not imminent, but the conditions are ripe for there to be a significant threat as temperatures rise. Residents living in traditionally flood-prone areas are advised to watch for flood warnings that could be potentially issued by the conservation authority. This flood risk is borne not just by those who live near rivers and lakes in the area, but also by those who enjoy spending recreational time in city parks and other riverside areas. Especially at risk are children and pets, who could easily stray too close to high water and be pulled under by swift currents. This means parents need to explain the dangers to their children and keep them away from moving water. Dog owners likewise should keep their pets on a leash whenever they are near rivers

or ponds. Children and pets are also prone to venturing out on the rapidly thinning ice. Recently the Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition warned about the risks of thin ice, reminding residents that “one can never tell the true depth or the thickness of the ice by the colour on the surface.� The best advice is to simply stay off the ice. Emergency services responded to more than 75 ice and waterway related calls last spring, and two people drowned after falling through the ice, according to the coalition. With the increased flooding risk this spring, these numbers will only increase if people fail to remain wary of the dangers. These tragedies are something no one wants to experience and it falls to all of us to stay safe near waterways this spring. Several authorities have made clear the risks presented by high river levels and thinning ice, it is now our responsibility to ensure everyone heeds those warnings. The last thing a parent, sibling, friend or pet owner wants to do is lose a loved one. Stay aware of the risks, heed the warnings and stay away from area rivers, ponds and lakes until the threat has passed.

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here are people in this town who used to love the snow and the cold and don’t love it so much any more. It used to be that they could never get enough of it. They would look forward to skating and skiing and frolicking outdoors, coming inside only rarely to change toques and eat some soup. Going south in the winter was for sissies, these winter-lovers would say. Canada is winter, they would say, after Gilles Vigneault, and a true Canadian would never escape it. Spring was so much better if you’d endured all of winter. When spring came, you’d earned it. Not so, if you spent some of the winter months on beaches in southern climes. And then there was all that hassle about airline security and customs and lineups at the border. Why would you want to go through all that? Then, if you did, you’d just be another in the legion of snowbirds, guys with no tans wearing Bermuda shorts and lining up for dinner in Florida restaurants at five in the afternoon, hanging out with a whole bunch of people from Toronto at the Blue Jays spring training ballpark talking about bargain motels. That’s the thing about going south. You

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town become a stereotype. On top of that, it costs a lot of money to be a stereotype. Why would anybody want to do that? It’s difficult to answer the question, except to say that for all of us, or at least some of us, eventually the cold wears us down. Not just the cold, but the early darkness and the lack of sunshine during the day. This being the modern age, there is a name for it — seasonal affective disorder (SAD) defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine as “a kind of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter.� The fact that there is a recognized disorder lends a kind of respectability to not liking cold and wanting to go somewhere where it isn’t. Published weekly by:

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Saying “I have to deal with my disorder� carries a lot more weight than saying “I have to fly south and go hit some golf balls and shop at factory outlets.� Furthermore, being in possession of a disorder brings with it a certain persuasiveness: while some close friends or relatives might be inclined to scoff at your stated need for warmth and sunshine, they will be a bit frightened that, should you be talked into sticking around, you might give the disorder to them. So off you go then, with your disorder and hardly any guilt feelings at all. The only proviso is that you had better be “cured� by the time you get back. It wouldn’t do to be grumping around just like you were before, only with a suntan. You should be warned, before you set off, that you may encounter other types of disorders on your travels. Frozen Foot, Or Worse, Disorder, for example. That’s one that frequently afflicts Canadians, who are so determined to enjoy the warm ocean that they spend hours standing in it, even when it’s freezing cold. The inability to admit that it the ocean is freezing cold stems from the cost of getting to it and a thrifty Canadian’s need to get his money’s worth.

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feel anxious. It seems every kid in the neighbourhood, from as young as two, will at least be playing soccer or going to day camp or doing swimming lessons. What’s wrong with my kid? In his words, “Mom, I just want to play.” Admittedly, he’s been saying this for years, and the poor kid’s not even seven yet. But every year, anxious about his well-being – will he have enough structure? will he learn to be a team player? – I force him into some basketball course or music class to offset what I view as a lack of general structure in our lives. It turns out, however, that structure is pretty much killing our kids. Not only is it making them more anxious, but it’s denying them the opportunity for natural play experiences that are essential to children’s core development, including observation, problem-solving and risk-identification skills. Health scientists have also noticed a severe decline in children’s gross motor abilities over the past 20 years, which they attribute to the predominance of play in man-made parks and on structures, rather than

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse on natural terrain. They’re also not getting as much fitness benefit from indoor gym-time or organized sports as they would left to their own resources in a field, believe it or not. Kids are being pushed into structured activities at much younger ages than ever before – the stress on early education and the necessity of daycare environments means kids spend three-quarters of their day inside, often just sitting around. Even when the kids are thought to be exercising, many are actually sedentary. Up to 60 per cent of kids will stand at a play structure rather than use it. In organized sports, they often spend as much time sitting on the sidelines as they do actually moving. And the science backs this up. To summarize, this generation of “structured” children are more likely to be overweight, anxious and lack creativity than the generations of their parents or grandparents. Believe it or not, just letting the kids play, particularly in natural environments, is about the best thing

we can do for our children. Playing in nature has some important connotations for education, society and their health as well. For one thing, it can mitigate bullying. In natural play areas – unlike on play structures – researchers have noted in numerous studies that social hierarchies diminish. In nature, kids are more collaborative, creative and even shy kids assume leadership positions once in a while. Exposure to nature can improve their school work. Kids that spend time in nature are more attentive and do better on tests. Even just having a plant on a kid’s desk can make a difference. It will make them healthier in every way. Kids who are allowed to just play, rather than forced into structured activities, are more physically fit, less likely to experience symptoms of attention disorders and have overall less anxiety. I know there will be people reading this who say, “but my child thrives in a structured environment. Why should I deny her the opportunity?” I would say that you and your child are victims of modern thinking, like me and everyone else. But take a moment and calculate how many hours per day your child spends in a structured environment – school, daycare, lessons,

homework. How many hours a day is she sedentary? How many hours per day is she indoors, regardless of the activity? Most children spend about three-quarters of their days inside. Sadly, just being “contained” with four walls and a ceiling is ruining their eyes because they don’t challenge and stretch themselves to take in long views or investigate microscopic objects. Now think about the last time you just stood in the background while she played in the dirt. Of all the activities noted above, playing in the dirt is the most likely to determine her future success and, more importantly, her happiness. We think, as parents, that kids need structure. We are told that it’s important they learn to follow rules, that they learn to read early. We brag to our friends when our kids write the alphabet at three-years-old. But the reality is, the future leaders are the kids with mud on their hands and the ones climbing trees. They’re the ones who will be innovative. They’re the ones less likely to be a burden on our medical system. They’re the ones who will do well in school and life. They’re the ones who will be happy. They’re the ones we should be emulating.

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Safety review identifies number of fixes for Bronson Shorter turn lanes, signage, new crosswalk location among measures identified Steph Willems steph.willems@metroland.com

EMC news – In an ironic twist brought on by Mother Nature, trafďŹ c was barely moving as residents reviewed planned upgrades aimed at reducing speeds and increasing cycling safety on Bronson Avenue. An open house held at Carleton University on a snowy Feb. 27 gave the public a ďŹ rst look at recommendations stemming from the Bronson Avenue operational study and safety review. The review was initiated by Capital Coun. David Chernushenko following the October death of Carleton student and cyclist Krista Johnson near the Bronson Avenue canal bridge. Broken up into short-term and medium-term ďŹ xes, the recommendations will be put into a staff report containing public feedback and presented to the city’s transportation committee in April. Chernushenko was pleased with the “surprisingly goodâ€? turnout at the open house, saying he heard positive feedback from cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike. “This is about making Bronson safer and calmer and not just a better place to cycle,â€? said Chernushenko. “There’s been a very, very positive response.â€? Problem areas listed in the review’s ďŹ ndings include vehicle speed on the stretch of Bronson south of Sunnyside Avenue, the pedestrian crosswalk at Sunnyside, vehicle turning lanes entering the Carleton campus, and the turning lanes on both sides

of the Bronson canal bridge. The short-term ďŹ xes include shortened right-turn lanes at Findlay Avenue (northbound) and Colonel By (southbound), regulatory signs alerting motorists to cyclists at both ends of the bridge, a relocated bus stop and pedestrian crosswalk at Brewer Park, upgraded (brighter) trafďŹ c signal lenses and bollards separating the existing bike lane from trafďŹ c lanes. “What I think we can have here if carried out as a package is lots of small-to-medium-type ďŹ xes that altogether achieve better safety,â€? said Chernushenko. “The short-term recommendations are small changes with modest costs, designed to get the ball rolling. The great thing is that most of these (measures) don’t even require council approval. Myself and city staff have delegated authority (to approve the measures).â€? Medium-term ďŹ xes would include the addition of a trafďŹ c signal by the Colonel By on/off ramps as well as a realignment of those roadways. Chernushenko hopes the measures are all approved in order to provide the best beneďŹ t. He added that small changes could be added to the recommendations during the design phase. Vehicle trafďŹ c would likely not be impeded in terms of travel time by the proposed changes. Once received by committee and council, work could begin on the short-term ďŹ xes in late spring. Medium-term ďŹ xes could begin in the fall following design work.

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Stay safe, stay away from thin ice Officials warn public of Ottawa waterway hazards Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

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Gillian Baker, of the Canadian Red Cross Society, and Ottawa paramedic André Mollema urge Ottawa residents to stay safe this spring by keeping away from local waterways as the snow and ice thaw. The announcement, made by the Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition, offered safety tips and outlined the dangers of thin ice at New Edinburgh Park on March 4.

EMC news - A group of health and safety officials is warning Ottawa residents to stay away from the ice as the warm weather approaches. Gillian Baker of the Canadian Red Cross Society spoke about water safety and drowning prevention tips at New Edinburgh Park on March 4. The warning comes from the Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition, which includes organizations such as Ottawa police, Ottawa Public Health and the Ottawa Paramedic Services. The group warned residents that as the weather warms up, Ottawa’s rivers become dangerous. “This thaw makes our waterways extremely dangerous,” Baker said. Last year, she added, two people died from falling through the ice in the spring and emergency services responded to more than 78 ice and

waterway-related calls. “It can take but only a second,” Baker said of falling through the ice. She added that if someone does fall through the ice, residents are warned not to try to save them, but to call 911. “One can never tell the true depth or the thickness of the ice by the colour on the surface,” she said. The message, Baker added, is an important one for parents and dog owners who use city parks that boarder a waterway. Const. Alana Fong offered safety tips in case a person were to fall through the ice, noting the one-10one rule. • The cold shock of falling in the water will pass after one minute, at which point the victim must calm themselves down and slow their breathing • The victim will have about 10 minutes of meaningful movement be-

fore they begin to lose muscle control. During this time, the victim should try to get horizontal in the water and kick and push as much as possible. • The victim will have one hour before hyperthermia sets in, depending on the type of clothing worn. “Try to work towards the spot where you fell in, and move into the best position to pull yourself up or out,” Fong said. The coalition also warns pet owners to keep their dogs on a leash near the rivers or ponds. The Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition was created in 2003 to help prevent incidents of drowning, neardrowning and other water-related injuries in Ottawa. Members of Ottawa Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa police, paramedics and fire services, the Lifesaving Society, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, the Canadian Red Cross, Dovercourt Recreation Centre and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario make up the coalition.

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Sick over service cuts Marlene Riviere, chairwoman of the Ottawa Health Coalition, speaks to supporters at a rally staged in front of the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus on March 4. The protesters, consisting mainly of organized labour groups, denounced hospital staffing cuts that they say will negatively affect patient care. Riviere called for revenues to be increased in order to offset the need for staffing cuts.

EMC news - City council colleagues of Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais are encouraged to hear he is out of intensive care following his Jan. 7 heart attack. Blais, 32, suffered a heart attack on Jan. 7 while working out at GoodLife Fitness at Place d’Orléans. He was taken to the Monfort Hospital and later to the Ottawa Heart Institute, where he underwent surgery. Blais awoke from a medically induced coma two days later but he fought a severe case of pneumonia and remained in intensive care until March 6. Mayor Jim Watson went to visit Blais in the hospital during the last week of February and doctors hoped the councillor would be out of the intensive care unit later in March. “It was great to see his tweet and the fact that he is eating solid food (shows) he is on his way to recovery,” Watson said. “It’s great news for me personally as his friend and also as mayor, but also for his constituents.

“My hope is that he doesn’t push himself because I know he is anxious to get back to work,” Watson said. “I’m sure his wife will be grabbing his BlackBerry and his iPod to not be as accessible … I’m hoping he uses the time to not do too much work, but know we’re anxious to have him back.” Blais appeared on CTV News on March 7 in his first interview since the heart attack. He told reporter John Hua a doctor worked for more than an hour to restart his heart. As he waits to be moved to a rehabilitation centre and get to work on regaining muscle mass, Blais has been in touch with his office about some planning files and local issues, he told CTV. Blais is one of six members on the small agriculture and rural affairs committee and serves as the vice chairman, so his absence is felt. The committee appointed Orléans Coun. Bob Monette to serve as vice chairman while Blais is away. “We’re hoping he’ll be back sooner than later,” Monette said. “We’re taking care of things as much as we can while he is away and as much as

we can we’re making sure that everything is covered for him.” Monette admitted that his workload has increased quite a bit with Blais away. “There are some controversial files out there. Coun. (Ranier) Bloess and I are doing our best to get all the information,” Monette said. “We’re not there to make new decisions. We’re there to get the feedback, consult with the public and get back to the staff and let them know what we’re hearing.” When a decision about something in Cumberland Ward must be taken, such as last week’s decision on changing the names of Eighth and Ninth Line roads, Monette said councillor’s look to Blais’s staff for a recommendation. The other east-end councillor helping Blais’s office is Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess. Blais’s staff is taking care of dayto-day ward matters, Bloess said, while councillors are filling in at community meetings such as the meetings regarding the proposed Carlsbad Springs waste facility. “Coming out of the ICU is a positive step forward. It means he is well on his road to recovery,” Bloess said. “We’re looking forward to seeing him back at the council table the sooner the better.”

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The perfect time and place to dispel the manic motor-sales rep myth and to try on as many vehicles as you want is coming up from March 21st to 24th at the Ottawa Convention Centre when the Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show cruises back into the Capital for its 27th year. Show producer Peter Ginsberg took a few moments from a very hectic schedule to point out some of the highlights of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The show has grown from 15 manufacturers in its early years to 25 automakers today. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have over 250 vehicles on three levels at the

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merson said there was something wrong with my head. He thought it probably had something to do with the bump I got when I fell out of a tree. My sister Audrey said to pay him no heed. She said I was right as rain, which certainly eased my mind. But Emerson said anyone who took to animals that werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite right had to have a screw loose. There was no doubt I seemed to be especially fond of any farm animal that came into the world a bit different from the ordinary. Emerson pointed to my pet chicken. I called her Biddy. Now, what made Biddy very different from the flock was she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a feather on her body. She had a sort of cuff of down around her neck, but that was it as far as feathers were concerned. Her body was a soft pink, smooth as a china plate and I loved her with all my heart. Biddy and I spent hours together. When the summer sun was hot, she sat on my knee in the old wood swing in the grape arbour, as I

MARY COOK Mary Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memories tried to keep her out of the sun, because one day her skin turned as red as a beet. As we rocked in the swing, Biddy would fall sound asleep in minutes. I thought she was beautiful. Emerson said she was a freak. Then there was Lambie. She was black as ink and in a flock as white as the driven snow, was an immediate outcast. I adopted Lambie immediately. As well as being black when she was born, Father doubted she would see morning -- she was tiny and had trouble breathing. After sleeping in the house by the Findlay Oval in a cardboard box and being fed by me from a dollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottle, she thrived. She followed me everywhere and eventually had to be kept in the barn after Mother announced there

would be no more sheep in the house. Then there was old Harry With The Heaves, as he was called. Harry was a dark brown horse with a questionable ancestry. He was very old and had what we called a sway-back. Emerson said you could lay a bale of hay in the middle of his back. He wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much good for working, but like all the other misfits that came into being on the farm, I loved old Harry With The Heaves with a deep passion. With the least exertion old Harry would heave like he was taking his last breath, so he was never put to work. He mainly sought a cool place in the summer, with his head almost touching the ground and standing perfectly still, and in the winter stayed in the warmth of the barn.

Sometimes I would hitch him up to the cutter and take a few cuts around the barnyard. But they were few indeed, because within minutes he was heaving like his time had come. I would unhitch him, use the currycomb on him, make sure he had water to drink and a patch of hay to chew on, and hug his neck and tell him how much I loved him. I was sure he knew what I was saying. Now, a horse with the heaves isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much good to a farmer, so I dreaded the day Father would say Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time had come. I decided I had to have a talk with Father. I waited for just the right time. As he did every night before he went to bed, he went to the barns to check on the animals. Never do I ever remember him not putting on his boots and heavy coat and heading out to the barns before bedtime. One night I went with him. Of course, old Harry With The Heaves was in his stall with his head almost to the floor. I asked Father what was going to happen to my favourite horse when he could no longer even walk

around the barnyard. Father just said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll worry about that when the time comes,â&#x20AC;? which put my mind at ease for the moment. Every night afterward I added old Harry to my prayers, asking that â&#x20AC;&#x153;his timeâ&#x20AC;? be a long way off. The winter was severe that year. Harry was kept in the barn almost every day. The

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EMC news - When Maya Chikaishi first moved to Ottawa 14 years ago, she immediately felt like it would be her new home. Having made the 15,000-kilometre journey from Japan to Ottawa to learn English and expand her career prospects, Chikaishi went to Carleton University. As she approached approaching graduation, the young woman admitted her lack of Canadian work experience would make it hard for her to find a job, but Ottawa software firm Kivuto gave her an interview and eventually the chance she was looking for. Now a director with the firm, she said she is proud to still call Ottawa her home. Kivuto and Chikaishi were honoured on March 6 for employer excellence at the 2013 Employer Council of Champions Summit, organized by the local organization Hire Immigrants Ottawa. “I’m honoured and pleased to be part of this company and to receive this award,” Chikaishi said. The event took place at the National Arts Centre as part of a two-day summit to help promote diverse workplaces. Henry Akanko, the director of Hire Immigrants Ottawa, said the awards handed out at the summit are a way to encourage more employers to consider hiring recent immigrants. “The value is to raise the profile of why it’s important to have diverse workplaces,” Akanko said. “These awards help us tell successful stories to organizations who may be thinking of expanding.” The second recipient of the award was Bridgehead Coffeehouse and Roastery. Tracey Clark, the managing director of Bridgehead, accepted the award. “This is a nice recognition for the efforts that

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port from the students and the administration.â&#x20AC;? The college, including president Kent MacDonald, revealed the total on March 5. A team of 12 students from the victimology program were given tickets to the April Billy Talent concert â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a prize for raising more than $3,000 for the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walk-a-thon

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RA Centre to host wheelchair curling championships Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC sports - The RA Centre announced it will play host to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Canadian wheelchair curling championships at the end of this month. The 2013 Wheelchair Curling Championships will welcome 10 teams from across Canada to the RA Centre from March 24-31. The centre is one of the most accessible facilities in the city for wheelchair curling, according to the Canadian Curling Association. Wheelchair curling clubs are welcomed weekly to train, play or learn the sport. The Ottawa Valley Curling Association, the Canadian Curling Association and members of the RA Centre announced the championshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s venue on March 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is possibly the best centre, not only in Ottawa or Canada, but the world, to host wheelchair curling,â&#x20AC;? said Jamie Eddy of the Capital Curling Wheelchairs Club. Eddy and more than 30 members of his club attended the announcement, which also offered an opportunity to participate in a clinic on how to learn to wheelchair curl. This will be the second time the accessible centre will host the cham-

pionships. The ďŹ rst was in 2007. More than 80 volunteers will help make sure the week runs smoothly, with everything from ticket sales to registration, said Elaine Brimicombe president of the Ottawa Valley Curling Association.. Brimicombe and Rick Baker, the RA Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general manager, are the co-chairs for the championships, working alongside a committee of 10 people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We started planning for this event, really since the last time we hosted,â&#x20AC;? Brimicombe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back then we only had four teams participating but I am pleased this year we will welcome 10 years.â&#x20AC;? Teams from Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Northern Ontario, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Saskatchewan will participate in the week-long tournament. Ottawa South MP David McGuinty and Capital Coun. David Chernushenko attended the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am looking forward to watching some of the competition over the course of the week,â&#x20AC;? McGuinty said. Chernushenko and McGuinty both admitted they had never curled in their life but were looking forward to learning a thing or two from the curl-

ers at the upcoming event. And when it comes to wheelchair curling, those who play say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of fun, but also takes a lot of effort and patience to learn. For instance, the game of curling typically has two or three sweepers, who help reduce the friction underneath the stone or decrease the curl or the stone, but when it comes to wheelchair curling, there are no sweepers, there is just team members who take turns releasing the rock with a throwing stick and their skip, who helps them determine the ice conditions before the throw. First-time wheelchair curler, Jodi Hoar, she said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all in how you release the rock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is a variable,â&#x20AC;? Hoar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And every time you throw it is does something different.â&#x20AC;? Hoar and fellow curler, Sarah Shima decided to give the sport a try as a means to get out of the house in the winter time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so easy to become housebound in the winter, in a wheelchair,â&#x20AC;? Hoar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This game makes you get out of the house two to three times a week.â&#x20AC;? At the RA Centre the wheelchair curlers integrate with able-bodied curlers to play.

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The RA Centre will host the 2013 Wheelchair Curling Championships on March 24-31. From left, Coun. David Chernushenko, the Ottawa Curling Club member Joe Pavia, Elaine Brimicombe, MP David McGuinty, Gerry Peckham, Rick Baker and Jamie Eddy spoke at the official announcement on March 2 at the RA Centre. Shima explains that although they are playing with a team who do have sweepers, the opportunity to play with these teams becomes a great learning experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have the chance to play against the others is fantastic, you get to learn

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Ottawa Curling Club team to compete for world title brier.dodge@metroland.com

EMC sports - The K-Rock Centre in Kingston was close to capacity for the ďŹ nal game of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts between Ontario, lead by skip Rachel Homan, and Manitoba. The signs in the crowd said the team had the â&#x20AC;&#x153;HomanďŹ eld advantageâ&#x20AC;? and a win was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homan-ly possible,â&#x20AC;? as friends and family of the four curlers based out of the Ottawa Curling Club packed the rink to cheer on Feb. 24. Homan, raised in OrlĂŠans and a graduate of Cairine Wilson Secondary School, gave everyone who made the trip a good show, winning the title. Next up for the Homan rink, including Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle, is taking on the world championship in Latvia as Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representatives. It will be too far for family members, including team manager Craig Homan, to travel to see their next games in Latvia for the world championships â&#x20AC;&#x201C; though he admitted he probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sleep, and will wake up to watch his

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But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been even busier than usual with a frenzy of training, interviews and celebrations since the team got back from Kingston. On March 7, only a few days before they were set to leave for Latvia, they were welcomed by Mayor Jim Watson at city hall, who noted the last Ontario team to win the Canadian championship was in 1996. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a bit of a drought, but we were treated to a thrilling ďŹ nal,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What an amazing feat of winning the Canadian championship. I ďŹ nd it fascinating to watch, the precision you brought to the sport.â&#x20AC;? Days earlier the women were invited to Parliament Hill to meet Prime Minister Steven Harper, and the Ottawa Curling Club had planned a March 9 send-off party. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re blown away by the support Ottawa has shown us,â&#x20AC;? Rachel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope to do you proud in a few days. The world championships will air on TSN, and run from March 16 to 24. Team Canada will play its ďŹ rst game on March 16, taking on Scotland.

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

in either official language. For more information, email info@heritageottawa.org, call 613-230-8841 or visit heritageottawa.org.

March 22 Join us for 5th annual Grand Desserts Affair in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and Ottawa Hospital Foundation is taking place on March 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Ashbury College, located at 362 Mariposa Ave. The evening will feature a sampling of exquisite desserts prepared at live stations by Ottawa’s top chefs. There will aso be a silent auction, a fashion show featuring cancer survivors and speaker Kathleen Petty, the CBC Radio Host of Ontario Today who is also a cancer survivor. Tickets are $75. For more information, visit www.cancer. ca/granddesserts or phone 613-7231744 ext. 3610.

March 23 The Friends of the Farm are holding a used book drop-off for our Used Book Sale to be held in June. No magazines, encyclopaedias, or text books. The drop-odd is being held at Building 72 at the Central Experimental Farm arboretum, east off the Prince of Wales Drive roundabout. For more information, call 613-2303276, email info@friendsofthefarm. ca or visit friendsofthefarm.ca.

April 5 Looking to improve your poetry? A workshop at Carlingwood library is here to help. A two hour tear-down and refurbishment of your poem, this workshop on April 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. will focus on structure and methods of narration. Be prepared to re-design (possibly jackhammer) your verse, discuss changes, and rebuild! Registered participants are asked to send three poems (up to five pages), two weeks in advance,

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to David O`Meara (dvdomeara@ gmail.com) or drop them off at the Carlingwood Library labelled Poetry Workshop Spring 2013 CA by April 5th. David O’Meara is the author of three books of poetry, a play, and is the artistic director of VERSeFest, Canada’s international poetry festival. Register for this workshop at biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program.

April 14 Area runners are being invited to put together a team for the 2013 Minto Run for Reach 5K Team Challenge on April 14. Benefits include custom T-Shirts (if registered by April 10), a pancake breakfast, race kit, prizes and bragging rights. Teams must consist of between four and five members who can be all men, all women, or mixed. Early Bird Rate ends March 14. Register online at www.runningroom.com or www. reach.ca. For information, contact Jocelyn Rodrigue at 613-236-6636

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April 25 The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre is holding its first seniors information fair and lunch, April 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in Britannia. Tickets are $10 (including lunch) and can be purchased at the Olde Forge. Local business and service sector exhibitors will present products and information of value to seniors and persons with disabilities. For tickets and further information call The Olde Forge at 613-8299777 or email info@oldeforge.ca.

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

Tuesdays Come join a group of friendly peers to paint together, share ideas, and encourage each other. The Painters’ Circle meets on Tuesday mornings in Westboro. All media welcome except oils. This is not a class, so experience is necessary. It’s time to get out and moving again! For full details, contact Clea Derwent at 613-695-0505 or clderwent@gmail. com. The Hogs Back 50+ Club meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front room of the Boys and Girls Club, 1463 Prince of Wales Dr. at Meadowlands and Hogs Back. Bring a bag lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. Drop in and check it out. For info call Shirley at 613-225-8089.

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


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