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Some Ottawa runners experienced the attack on the Boston Marathon. – Page 10


EMC news- By purchasing a rain barrel, you could be helping bring back the play in a child’s day in Riverside Park. After winning support from their community association, Fielding Drive Public School is now taking their new play structure fundraiser to another level. The school is hoping the community can come together to help them secure the funding for a new play structure after the old one was torn down last summer. The parent council is now accepting presale orders for a truckload rain barrel sale that is planned for May 15 from 2.30 to 6.30 p.m. at the school premises on 777 Fielding Dr. The rain barrels are being sold for $55 each and funds raised will support initiatives to rebuild a play structure at the school. Rain barrels help capture and store rainwater collected from roofs through downspouts. “This is the first time we have tried the rain barrel fundraiser,” said Sharon von Schoenberg, one of the parent volunteers spearheading the initiative. See STRUCTURE, page 4


Solidarity with Boston A large group of Ottawa runners set out in Festival Plaza in front of city hall on a bright Sunday morning, both as a show of solidarity to the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy and a statement reaffirming their commitment to the sport. Ottawa Run Club coach Geordie McConnell organized the Take Back the Finish Line event, which took place on a day traditionally known for running, as a way of re-establishing the spiritual significance of the finish line which was marred by the April 15 bombings.

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EMC news – A motion by a south Ottawa public trustee to give the Ontario ombudsman extra authority to investigate and intervene in complaints that aren’t resolved within the school

boards, was voted down at a board meeting on April 2. Gloucester-Southgate trustee Mark Fisher brought forward the motion seeking support from fellow trustees to write a letter to the premier and leaders of the 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. “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,” said Fisher.

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The legislation that Fisher is fighting for would allow the ombudsman to investigate public complaints involving school boards as well as the governing bodies of universities, hospitals and municipalities. See NEW, page 2

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New powers would benefit parents: trustee Continued from page 1

“The majority of the trustees felt that if the Ombudsman had the responsibility to investigate public complaints that would undermine

report of the ombudsman, Ontario has fallen behind in oversight of organizations providing critical public services referred to as the “MUSH” sector – municipalities, universities, school boards, hospitals, nursing

and take away the responsibility from school boards,” he said. “I think there is a lot of merit in putting in place another level of recourse for parents.” According to the 2011-12 annual


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homes and long-term care facilities, police, and children’s aid societies. “There are parents that find themselves in tough situations and feel they need to seek out another avenue to get another hearing in a more fair and impartial way,” said Fisher. “Extending these responsibilities to the office of the Ombudsman made ultimate sense to me.” Fisher said he wished trustees had taken more time to understand how the office of the Ombudsman works and how they could relate to that office in a meaningful and respectful way. “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 – this includes engaging the teacher, then the principal, school board officials and trustees,” he said. He said the legislation seeks 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. “I think it is too bad that the board as a whole wasn’t more supportive and I think there was something of value in his motion,” said Campbell. FOCUS

Campbell said he suggested a few amendments, which Fisher didn’t want to incorporate in his motion, including one that sought the motion to just focus on school boards. “He declined to seek those amendments so I had to abstain, though I support his motion in principle,” said Campbell. “If his motion had passed that would be one more avenue for recourse for citizens and I am confident the people I represent would be all for it.” 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 continu-


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 official opposition, asking them to re-introduce and support legislation to modernize the Ombudsman act. ing to advocate for it. “I am going to continue moving forward because I know it is the right thing to do,” Fisher said. “I have received messages from people across Ontario, commending me on the effort and indicating their disappointment that the board didn’t support it. I am going to talk to local MPPs, write a letter to the premier of Ontario and leaders of the opposition asking them to re-introduce legislation that died because of prolongation.” In 2011-12, the ombudsman received a record number of complaints and inquiries about the MUSH sector. During the same period, the ombudsman received 119complaints and inquiries about Ontario’s school boards. None of them could be dealt with. Many were from parents concerned about things like student suspensions, lack of adequate special education supports, the treatment of students with autism, insufficient consultation about school closures, and inadequate responses to bullying. These complaints had to be turned away or referred elsewhere.


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South Ottawa resident named businesswoman of the year Rebecca Page started her own company, expanded to Toronto

board level and senior positions in companies.” She said awards like the one she received inspire women to break through some ceilings and help them to keep striving to push through. A successful mom, entrepreneur, and franchisor, Page now markets her proven system to others looking for a balanced lifestyle and business ownership.

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EMC news – A south Ottawa woman was named Businesswoman of the Year in the entrepreneur category by the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa on April 17. Rebecca Page, the chief executive officer of Concierge Home Services, said she learned how to strike a balance between home life and a career, following the example of other busy successful managers. Page started her company, which has grown to service Ottawa and surrounding areas and has recently expanded into Toronto in 2011. Concierge Home Services offers custom tailored household management services for busy families and professionals so that they can spend time doings the things that matter most. “I was thrilled and honoured to receive the award,” said Page, who said she hopes her designation as recipient for the entrepreneur category will inspire other female entrepreneurs.

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Rebecca Page, founder of Concierge Home Services, was named by the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa’s as the Businesswoman of the Year award in the Entrepreneur category. break through boundaries. “There are still many barriers to women in business. Both in entrepreneurship and corporate world, women are vastly underrepresented on corporate boards,” said Page. “There should be more representation of women contributing at the

She spends most of her time juggling between work and family. “I pick up my kids everyday and I think I have a good balance between my family and business,” said Page. The 42-year-old is also active in her community supporting various causes, including serving as vice president of Harmony House Women’s Shelter. She said gets her inspiration and drive from within. “What motivates me to push through the bad days is seeing women like Martha Stewart who built up successful business at a time when she was told she could not do it,” said Page.

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Hydro Ottawa is increasing the supply of clean energy, bringing innovative solutions to energyconscious consumers and businesses, and taking steps to green its own operations. In recognition of these efforts, Hydro Ottawa was distinguished as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the third consecutive year. Hydro Ottawa is the largest municipally-owned producer of green power in Ontario. Its renewable energy facilities include hydroelectric generators at Chaudière Falls and landfill gas-to-energy generators at the Trail Road and Laflèche Landfills. Together these facilities help to reduce greenhouse gases by almost 200,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.


“I am honoured to be chosen as recipient of the Entrepreneur Award and to be in the company of other women entrepreneurs who have worked hard to maintain balance while growing their business,” said Page. “Because of the franchise model that I have established, I am seeing other women get the benefit of running their own business and that has been extremely rewarding.” Knowing that homeowners require more than regular home, cleaning, Page created a one-stop shop for all household management services such as window washing, home checks, and carpet cleaning. Starting from the ground up, Page said she now thrives on mentoring her franchise partners and assisting them on growing their business with a customer-centred approach to a niche of homeowners who are outsourcing home maintenance tasks. “There’s a definitely a balance between business ownership and lifestyle and (how) it can be attained,” she said. Her message to other women is to

The company is also greening its operations. It has consistently achieved well over 90 per cent nonhazardous waste diversion, added more hybrid and flex-fuel vehicles to its fleet, and increased efficiencies at its office facilities and substations. “It is our responsibility not only to provide electricity, but also to help people use our product efficiently – which saves money on their bills, and helps protect the environment,” said Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa. “I’m proud to say that Ottawa has embraced our challenge to conserve, and together we are making a significant difference.” Ottawa residents and businesses have saved more than 500 million kilowatt-hours over the past six years through participating in Hydro Ottawa’s energy conservation programs. That’s the equivalent of taking more than 52,000 homes off the grid for a year. Find easy ways to go green and reduce your electricity consumption at conservation. R0012034461

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“We thought it would be a unique initiative to bring rain barrels to our community because it appeals to the neighbourhood at large - being green and environmentally friendly.” Both the school and parent council have been working hard to raise money to replace the play structure, which is estimated to cost more than $60,000. “The play structure is a vital part of creating a healthy environment for the school children and the community at large,” a school release stated. “The design concept for the new structure will appeal to the both the intermediate children and the surrounding community. The kids and community really miss the play structure and the exercise it promotes.” Though they have been able to cope fine without it, von Schoenberg said children miss playing on the structure. “They find other things when they realize something is not available. We really want to start the school year with a play structure,” she said. “We have been asking our parents to reach out to their friends to come out and support this initiative.” Fielding Drive principal Marc Flesar said it always nice for the children to have play structures, and can’t wait to have one at the school. “There is a lot of creative


Fielding Drive Public School council hopes to secure funding from the city to build a new play structure. and imaginative ways they use it,” he said. “It is certainly an enhancement for their program and play time. They are going to (be) excited and happy when we get it.” He said children will be involved in helping to choose the different components that will go into the play structure. “I am excited that our grades 4, 5 and 6 will once again have an opportunity to have a play structure,” said Flesar. Early this month, the school council took their quest to the Riverside Park Community Association, to seek association support to accompany

their city grant application. “It is suggested that when you apply for a city grant, you need to have a letter of support from the community association,” Ann Marie Thompson, chairwoman of the parent council said after presenting the school’s proposal to the association board meeting. The old structure was condemned and taken down after it was deemed unsafe. “It was a wooden structure, and there were some nails showing through. That is when the school decided it was time to tear it down,” said Thompson. All orders must be placed online in advance at www.

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Feast with Music and Dance, an event to raise money to fund programming for rural youth in Ethiopia. The evening will welcome Ethiopian scientist, Melaku Worede, who ďŹ rst visited Ottawa in 1994, at the request of Solomon Dawit, an impassioned citizen, chef and owner of Addis CafĂŠ. Dawit died in 2009 and is remembered by family and friends as someone who spent most of his time living in Ottawa supporting initiatives for Ethiopia. His family and friends who created the foundation in his name in 2010 and have since continued to raise money and awareness for programming needs in rural Ethiopia. Worede is returning to Ottawa at the request of the foundation. 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 613-234-6827. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the community centre.

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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 cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 LĂŠogâne, 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. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presbyterian Church on April 27. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fundraiser is to help finance projects in rural parts of Haiti,â&#x20AC;? 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. â&#x20AC;&#x153;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,â&#x20AC;? 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, MICHELLE NASH/METROLAND with amenities for the area few and Yvette Depestre and her brother Marco Depestreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charitable organization will host a far between. The foundation worked at bringing fundraiser for Haiti at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presbyterian Church on April 27. The money raised the residents of these communities will help rural communities in Haiti rebuild homes, schools and farming areas. the tools to build and thrive on their own. ExÂ&#x2DC;Â&#x192; fÂ&#x201D; DÂ&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2022;xÂ&#x2DC;Â&#x192; ATTENTION: When it comes to the recent earthÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2019; ĂŹÂ&#x201C;Â&#x201C;ÂťÂ&#x161; Â&#x201D;Â&#x201E; bÂ&#x201D;Â?Â?Â&#x161; ^r¢Â&#x17D;Â&#x152;Â&#x201A;}Â&#x201D;Ă&#x17D; GÂ&#x2019;rÂ?Â&#x20AC;Â&#x201A;yÂ&#x201D;Ă&#x17D; >}Â&#x2019;w}Â&#x2019;Â&#x201D;Ă&#x17D; Vacationers, Cottagers, quake and the devastation it left, `}¢Â&#x2DC;Â&#x161;Â&#x2019;}Â&#x201D;Ă&#x17D; @Â&#x17D;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2030;}Â&#x2019;yÂ&#x201A;rÂ&#x2021; Renovators, D-I-Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers Depestre said the needs of these rural E\BB communities grew, and in some areas Y<A AB\ bR still remain desperate. <AdB\`J^BA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Years ago, here in Ottawa there ^YB@J<N <Â&#x201D;Â&#x2020; <wÂ&#x17D;Â&#x161;Â&#x2DC; UÂ&#x161;Â&#x2019; was an ice storm,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And ^Â&#x2DC;rÂ&#x201A;Â&#x152;Â&#x2030;rÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2DC;}Â&#x2019; bÂ&#x152;{}Â&#x2019;Â?r{ after the storm, it took days for resiRU Â&#x192;I^`Ăż dents to recover, and it was hard. Â&#x17D;Â&#x152; \Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; BÂ&#x152;{Â&#x201D; Â&#x2022; People lost a lot, but they were able ^Â&#x20AC;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2DC; \Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; to rebuild because they had insurance m^ m^ZFE`F ^Z Z E` Â&#x201D;Â&#x2DC;rÂ&#x2019;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x201A;Â&#x152; rÂ&#x201D; Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;ÂĄ rÂ&#x201D; and in Haiti, after the earthquake, Ć&#x2C6;à § ĂĄĂ i Â&#x17E; Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2030; Â&#x; Â?Â&#x2DC;ÂŚ Â&#x; there was nothing and people have # still not been able to rebuild.â&#x20AC;? The fundraiser will feature a perÂĄÂĄÂĄF{¤Â&#x152;rÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2DC;¤~Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2019;Â&#x201A;Â&#x152;FyÂ&#x17D;Â&#x2030; formance from Rev. Ernie Cox and the London Trio Plus. Tickets for the ĂŤ PUR`I^ concert are $15 for adults. Children IUPB UE `IB \B^JABR`J<N <RA @UPPB\@J<N \BRUd<`JUR ENUU\JRG ^B@`U\^ RU 15 years-old and younger are admitPURBi AUgR åÚåÂ&#x2014; ^`<\`UY \AF UÂ&#x2DC;Â&#x2DC;rÂĄrĂ&#x17D; URF MĂĄ> ĂšdĂź ted free. Tickets are available in adRU IUb\^[ PÂ&#x17D;Â&#x152;F  g}{F ([Ă&#x2022;Â?  Ä [Ă&#x2022;Â?Ă&#x17D; Hours: Mon.-Wed. 8:00-5:30 JR`B\B^` vance by contacting Depestre at 613`Â&#x20AC;Â&#x161;Â&#x2019;Â&#x201D;F Â&#x2022; EÂ&#x2019;Â&#x201A;FĂ&#x17D; ([Ă&#x2022;Â?  ([Â?Â? ^rÂ&#x2DC;F Ă&#x2013;[Â?Â?  Ä [Â?Â? Thurs. & Fri. 8:00-8:00 Sat. 9:00-4:00 Y<iPBR`^ 0Â&#x2DC;r¢}Â&#x201D; {Â&#x161;} rÂ&#x2DC; Â&#x2DC;Â&#x201A;Â&#x2030;} Â&#x17D;~ Â?Â&#x161;Â&#x2019;yÂ&#x20AC;rÂ&#x201D;}Ă&#x17D; ĂĄ(Â? {r¤Â&#x201D; UF<F@F Â&#x2030;Â&#x201A;Â&#x152; Â?Â&#x161;Â&#x2019;yÂ&#x20AC;rÂ&#x201D;} #Ä Â?Â?FÂ?Â? 830-4714 or at the door.


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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 en 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

CHARLES GORDON Funny Town across the country, one of them opened only last 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 happiPublished weekly by:

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Not having any knowledge to the contrary, we can imagine that, in outer space, budget deficits can be put into a transporter and made to vanish into another galaxy. We can imagine that jobs can be created with a Laser Job Creation Apparatus (patent pending). It is a bit harder to imagine that down here. If the jobless are vaporized, who are all those folks down at the food bank? Yet it clearly is part of the belief systems of those who are making the big decisions. It can’t do any hard harm to cut 300 jobs, they reason. Actually, it will do good. Yeah, that’s the ticket. It works on Mars.

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in 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

he other day, I surprised my children by giving them an hour of â&#x20AC;&#x153;free timeâ&#x20AC;? on my laptop. They were especially skeptical because the day before, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been on a radio panel playing the role of the mother who is militantly against screens at home. A TED Talk inspired me to divert from my position temporarily. Following a number of experiments in which he connected children in remote villages of India to the Internet, Sugata Mitra concluded the following: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In nine months, a group of children left alone with a computer in any language, would reach the same standard as an office secretary in the West.â&#x20AC;? The cool thing about Mitraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s findings is that none of the children in the experiments understood a word of English when they started, yet they managed to garner the language skills required to navigate the computer, learn information well beyond their years and put it into context. Amazing, right? I was skeptical. I thought, given an hour or more of free 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. With-








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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 AlcatelLucent 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.” BOMB offers insight and information, through articles and videos, about great local retailers like Euro-Sports. Visit the website or scan this QR code to learn more...

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No Kanata 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.” 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. See OTTAWA, page 11

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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.’”

I would like to advise residents that the O-Train will temporarily shut down from April 27 to September 2 for major upgrades as part of the $59 million O-Train service expansion project. The upgrades include the addition of two passing tracks, signal upgrades, station modifications and Walkley Yard upgrades. This project also includes the purchase of six new Alstom train sets. The O-Train service will improve from every fifteen minutes to approximately every eight minutes in 2014 when the new trains are ready to operate after training, testing and commissioning. During the temporary shut down, a replacement bus service, designated as Route 107, will operate. Route 107 will run parallel to the O-Train service and will serve stops adjacent to all O-Train stations. Service on Route 107 will be more frequent than O-Train service during peak periods to accommodate the additional capacity. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we make these service improvements. For more information, please visit CITY INCREASING FINES FOR UNAUTHORIZED ROAD DISRUPTIONS I was pleased to recently learn that the province has granted the City of Ottawa approval to increase Road Activity Bylaw fines. This will help ensure contractors are not illegally blocking roadways or disrupting traffic during peak commute times without the approval of the municipality.


Manotick resident Guy Beaudoin ran his fifth Boston marathon on April 15. He finished the race about 30 minutes before two bombs exploded at the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than a hundred others.

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When people think of Ottawa, the usual images come to most minds: the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal in winter, the Ottawa River, the Byward Market, etc. These are important Ottawa institutions but they are all central in a city that is made up of an enormous LANDMASSTHATEXTENDSFARTOTHEEAST SOUTH ANDWEST of those well-known landmarks. In fact, you can ďŹ t the entire landmasses of Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver within Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries and still have room to spare!


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This makes Ottawa unique in Canada as we are both a large urban city and also the largest rural city in the country. The postcard images many associate with Ottawa mean that the rural areas of Ottawa can sometimes be forgotten. But from Greely, to Osgoode, to Carp, and beyond, Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rural areas have an incredibly diverse set of offerings across the agriculture, culinary, and business sectors. These are critically important elements in our city and it is important that we do what we can to promote them to Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents and its visitors. 4HATISWHYON&RIDAY-AY )WILLBEHOSTINGTHE -AYORS 2URAL %XPO AT #ITY (ALL TO SHOWCASE /TTAWAS AMAZINGRURALSIDE4HE2URAL%XPOWILLBRINGASAMPLING OFTHESETOGETHERAT#ITY(ALLFORADAYTHATPROMISESTO be interesting and entertaining for visitors of all ages. There will be a variety of booths set up in Jean Pigott 0LACEINSIDE#ITY(ALLWHEREVISITORSWILLBEABLETOLEARN more about the wonderful variety of things Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rural communities have to offer. 4HE2URAL%XPOWILLBEHELDINCONJUNCTIONWITHTHETH ANNUAL&OOD!ID$AY4HETWOEVENTSWILLBOTHBEHELDAT #ITY(ALL INDOORSIN*EAN0IGOTT0LACEFORTHE2URAL%XPO ANDOUTDOORSAT-ARION$EWAR0LAZAFOR&OOD!ID$AY) LOOKFORWARDTOBUILDINGONTHESUCCESSOF&OOD!ID$AY which for the past eight years has raised a tremendous AMOUNTOFMONEYFORTHE/TTAWA&OOD"ANK

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Mural shows off school’s community spirit 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 murals very special,” 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. “It’s taken a full seven months and the results are simply amazing,” Cameron said. “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.” 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. “From choosing colours to styles, it was all up to the kids,” Mangone said.


Carson Grove Public School student Hosay Habib pulls a ribbon to unveil four murals in the school’s library. The murals were created by the entire student body. The students, staff, Mangone and Cameron celebrated the completion of the project on April 25 with cake and a slideshow of the process created by Mangone.

Mangone has worked with students at other schools and said it’s important to let students own their projects and to make all the decisions. “When they understand

they can be liberal with the project, they become more creative,” Mangone said. For this project, Mangone worked with small groups of students, teaching them vari-

ous techniques and concepts along the way. “She is more of a coordinator than the artist, she lets the students create, it’s wonderful,” Cameron said. The school received additional support from home renovation stores Lowe’s and Home Depot, which supplied paint supplies and wood for the murals; the school’s custodians painted the walls surrounding the murals. Funding, including paying for Mangone’s services, was offered through MASC, a local artist program. “Without the funding this project could only have been a dream,” Cameron said. Mangone said she is really pleased with the project and credits the children’s hard work and dedication for its success. “This was the children’s creative endeavor,” Cameron said. “I’m really happy with it, it’s really multicultural, like the students in this school and I love that these children now have something on their walls that they can relate to and know they made.”


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Green card gets city’s green light Transit commission OK’s Presto card 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 48-hour 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. “It would be good to have a defined time period so as to avoid customer confusion,” Johnson said.

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.

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

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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

holders will be able to get a Presto card as their annual passes expire between August and October. COSTS

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.

cards starting June 3. OC Transpo will have Presto outreach targeted at park-and-ride 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

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Para users shut out of Presto card system Non-universal system leaves out disabled people: users 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.”


Para Transpo users won’t be able to reap the benefits of the Presto fare payment card when it launches on July 1 because the smart card will only work on conventional transit vehicles. 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 that would also be accepted on conventional OC Transpo vehicles.



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Re-instate rural Para Transpo: riders Laura Mueller

EMC news - Changes to accessible transit service in rural areas made a year ago aren’t working, say riders who pleaded for the transit commission to reinstate Para Transpo service. Instead of running Para Transpo vans to transport disabled people within rural areas, OC Transpo decided to provide funding to community service organizations that provide rides. While it may have sounded like a good idea at the time, the change has left people stranded and isolated, said Adele Muldoon, a West Carleton resident who spoke to the transit commission on April 17 on behalf of the Council on Aging. Some of the community-based services only run during business hours during the week and none of them are equipped to transport people who are confined to wheelchairs or scooters. “Every Ottawa citizen should have the opportunity to participate in community life,” Muldoon said. Commissioning taxis to pick up the slack is not a viable solution, since the companies usually refuse to send cabs to far-flung rural areas, Muldoon said. The city considers the changes to be a success. In the past year, community service agencies have been able to provide an additional 4,557 trips at an operating cost of $51 per trip – much lower than the cost of running a Para van, which is $77 per trip. Through the service agencies, clients are also able to travel beyond city limits and book their trips up to two weeks in advance, whereas Para Transpo bookings must be made on the same day the person wants to travel. Brenda Brake uses a wheelchair and has been a Para Transpo rider for eight years. She’s from Manotick and the village is home to her friends, family and her doctor, but Brake hasn’t been able to make it to a doctor’s appointment for the past year because she now lives in Barrhaven – the urban area. That is due to a separate but related issue – Para service is overloaded and the process of booking a ride is harried and inconsistent, she said. But even if she does manage to get to Manotick, she would have to take Para Transpo back to Barrhaven in order to get a ride to the home of a friend or family member in Manotick. Instead, Brake has taken to meeting her daughter for lunch at a restaurant in Barrhaven. “The question is why they changed anything in the first place,” Brake said. “It just doesn’t make sense.” Some of the transit commissioners sympathized. While the commission’s chairwoman, Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, left the room to speak to the media with OC Transpo general manager John Manconi, Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson was directing staff to look at consulting disabled transit users in the rural area about their needs. Public consultations on Para Transpo are already slated for this summer, she said, so staff should use that opportunity to get a full picture of the challenges disabled transit users face, especially in the rural areas.

The issue affects just under 100 people who need accessible transit service in the city’s rural areas, Wilkinson said. She wants staff to review their specific needs and suggestions that could improve their access to transit. Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder said maybe the city needs to think outside the box when it comes to Para Transpo, especially in rural areas. Ottawa has invested a lot of money into making the city accessible, whether it’s curb cuts in sidewalks or low-floor buses, Harder said. The city should focus its efforts on encouraging and helping people with accessibility challenges take advantage of those investments, Harder said. Encourging riders to book shorter trips on Para Transpo is one way, Harder said. Perhaps Para could serve more people if riders could book a trip from their door to an accessible transit station and take conventional transit for

the bulk of their trips, she said. “Certainly an interesting approach but it’s a very big question,” said Pat Scrimgeour, manager of transit planning and reporting. Para Transpo has a mandate to provide door-to-door service, and while riders can request a shorter trip, they are not encouraged to do that, he added. There is a need for Ottawa to look at a large-scale rethink of how it wants to provide transit service for disabled people, said John Manconi, the general manager of OC Transpo. “We need a large-scale policy discussion with some difficult dialogue around eligibility and what rules you want to use,” Manconi said. It would involve significant financial considerations Manconi wasn’t prepared to address at the April 17 meeting.


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FABRICLAND IS CELEBRATING THEIR 45TH ANNIVERSARY Fabricland: Where the Smart Money Goes to Sew Up the Savings By Brian Turner As Fabricland prepares to celebrate its 45th anniversary, their team looks back at a world of changes in clothing creation, home décor, and crafting, but what has remained constant since their first small store opened in Toronto in 1968 is the commitment to deliver exceptional product lines at the lowest price with superior customer service. Now among 170 locations from coast to coast, the Ottawa area outlets are stocking up to bring some fantastic birthday deals to those who know how to stretch their buying power to the max while having fun and showing their creative side at the same time. While other big fabric retailers and department stores have downsized or eliminated the options for their customers in terms of filling creative fashion needs or providing substantial savings on home decorating supplies, Fabricland remains dedicated to their growing family of smart shoppers. What Fabricland learned many years ago is nothing replaces customer service and advice from experienced consultants when it comes to welcoming first-time sewers and crafters as well as keeping fabric experts supplied with all their needs. That’s why every store is staffed with friendly knowledgeable folk who are happy to lend a hand, an ear and even a thimble to get the job done.

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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Spring shovellers: call before you dig EMC news - Spring may be a good time to start work around your home, but be sure to call before you dig. The Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance have designated April as Dig Safe Month in Ontario. This month is dedicated to improving safety and reducing damages to underground facilities by raising aware-

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Community centre ramps it up Laura Mueller

EMC news - People with accessibility challenges will soon be able to attend community meetings and events at the Old Ottawa East community centre. The Old Town Hall building at 61 Main St. will be getting a ramp this summer, and it’s not a moment too soon, said Old Ottawa East Community Association president John Dance. He said a community member who requires a mobility device wanted to attend the association’s meeting, but it would have been very difficult to lift the person and their 136-kilogram electric scooter into the community centre, Dance said. NEW PLANS

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 less-trafficked side street and the ramp will be easier to get up without multiple turns, also known as “switchbacks,” 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. Ottawa South News EMC - Thursday, April 25, 2013


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City to post ‘hit list’ of negligent property owners 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. FOLLOW-UP


The city, led by Mayor Jim Watson, left, and Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury, is moving forward with a crackdown on owners of derelict vacant properties. The city’s community and protective services committee received an update on new ideas to strengthen the city’s ability to crack down on negligent property owners. 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.


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 follow-up 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. 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 Rideau-Vanier 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


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New Edinburgh centre launches new after school program 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 children 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 counselors, spending 30 minutes a day assisting children with their homework. Hall said although there is other after school programs available in the greater community, including one in Lindenlea and Manor Park, this program was developed in response to the demand from parents to have something based in New Edinburgh. UNIQUE

“I think this program offers something unique for children and parents,” Hall said. The program will accept up to 29 students and currently there are 15 signed up. Hall explained the preliminary breakdown of the program would have one hour of arts-based programming, three times a week, changing from dance, creative 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. 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 nonprofit 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 fitness classes. Many 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. “We try to make sure there is something for everyone,” Hall said. A full list of programming is available online at www. To register for the bilingual after school program, please contact Hall at


Museum evacuation Staff and patrons of the Canadian War Museum were evacuated from the facility for several hours on the afternoon of April 19 following the discovery of a note that mentioned a bomb. Nerves were on edge last week due to the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt, and the museum was swept by police until the all-clear was given.

Fire Hydrants: Testing for your Safety This summer, as in past years, the City of Ottawa will be testing municipal fire hydrants on various streets throughout your community. Fire hydrant testing may result in temporary inconveniences, such as poor water pressure and brown or rust-coloured water. It is important to note that temporarily discoloured City water is not harmful to your health. This ongoing maintenance procedure ensures that our hydrants are ready, should Fire Services require their use. Over the next few weeks, the City will be testing fire hydrants in the following neighbourhoods:

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The Nectar Centre (the New Edinburgh Community and Arts Centre), formally the New Edinburgh House, announced it will start a new bilingual after-school program in September. The centre, which runs arts and recreation programming, said it will combine both areas to create well-rounded after school programming.

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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 Steele-Briggs seed catalogue. 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 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

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he Steele-Briggs seed catalogue was now mine. Mother’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 Ritz’s Drug Store in Renfrew on the One-Cent-Sale, I re-created my very own seed catalogue. When I was finished, it didn’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 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 wasn’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

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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 westend 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.

tal, 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. SUBMITTED

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. 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 hospi-


“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 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. Visit www.ohfoundation. ca or contact Pancoe at 613761-4295 to find out more information about the campaign.


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RIVER WARD AIRPORT PARKWAY PEDESTRIAN/CYCLING BRIDGE – THE NEXT PROJECT MILESTONE Work on the new pedestrian/cycling bridge is moving forward, with the bulk of construction currently taking place off site. The next project milestone is the installation of the anchorage assembly piece. The fabrication of this welded piece is intricate and welding is being done in a controlled environment. Once the anchorage assembly piece is brought to the site, the contractor will install it to the top of the main tower and then pour the upper tower. Following the tower pour, the contractor will pour the main deck and the deck walls, and install the suspension cables. The job will be completed with the installation of railings and bridge lighting, and then the contractor will finish final landscaping. I continue to closely monitor progress on this project to ensure that this connection is built safely and to the highest quality standards. Thank you for your patience and consideration during construction.


Community spirit Old Ottawa South residents turned out in big numbers on April 20 for a community rummage sale fundraiser held at Southminster United Church. Clothes proved to be a popular item at the sale, which saw a lot of browsing and proceeds. From left, volunteers Barb Davis, Ainslie Fraser and Joan Tetreault are seen helping out.


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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.

Another year, another great success Rockcliffe Park book sale sells thousands of books 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, asking 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, including purchasing new books for the library’s ‘express’ section, programming and magazine subscriptions.

A book collector and enthusiast, Dobell said the best part of the sale is the enthusiastic arguments the volunteers have while sorting the books, as to which ones will sell, how much to charge and where to place them. This year Dobell said travel books, cookbooks and vinyl records flew out the door. Children’s books and art and military books were also popular. Even though the sale was a 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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EMC news - The newest public elementary school in Barrhaven might look a little unďŹ nished, but the school spirit is already palpable. The front of the school building is mostly windows interlaced with a grey siding. When approaching the building you can see childrensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drawings posted on the windows, which run nearly the entire height of from the ďŹ&#x201A;oor to the ceiling. The $10-million building is stateof-the-art and features a large gym with a staging area, a two-storey library and an elevator. All the water fountains have the ability to ďŹ ll portable bottles, encouraging students to drink tap water. The library, not yet open for business, has meeting space, modern, lighting and is ďŹ lled with sunshine on a spring afternoon. Upon entering the foyer there are bilingual, hand-drawn signs welcoming visitors to the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just popped up one day,â&#x20AC;? principal Roger Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It shows the spontaneity and leadership of the teachers.â&#x20AC;? The students were moved into the new school after the March break. They started the school year at the former site of Parkwood Hills Public School on Tiverton Drive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great home for us, they really painted it up and ďŹ nished it nicely,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it was a 40minute bus drive away.â&#x20AC;? There are currently 380 children attending the school, now on Leamington Way off of Chapman Mills Drive. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theoretical capacity is 650 students.

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A social group at Mindware Academy from back left, Josh Wells, Jayden Findlay, Callum Nightingale, Nikita Sautchenko, and front left, Nick Fejes, Christian Devey and Cameron Nielson wrote a letter expressing what its like to live with a disability. The boys say they hope the letter will create awareness. boys began to write their own words down.” The group shared their thoughts with each other and then, tentatively, with the rest of the school. “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?”

she said. The goal is to let the public know how people with a disability feels on a daily basis; what it feels like when they are teased, or mistreated. “We want the world to un-

derstand,” Callum Nightingale said. Some of the feelings in the letter are raw and incredibly open. Twelve-year-old Nikita Sautchenko, an avid gamer

with Asperger’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 34 R0012048896

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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.

Social group wants to visit city schools Continued from page 33

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. 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


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Donor dodges goose to give kidney EMC news - “I was all set to become an anonymous altruistic donor,” said Bob McRae. “I’d weighed the risks and benefits, did extensive research, underwent testing, discussed it all with my family and joined Canada’s Living Donor Paired Exchange registry.” But life is full of unexpected surprises. The night before McRae’s Gatineau departure for Vancouver (to be part of a domino kidney transplant involving four recipients) a Canada goose flew into him while he was riding his bike. “I remember thinking how relieved I was that I was okay, and could still donate. I laughed about it with the transplant nurse who’d called me to confirm. It would have been tragic if anything had happened.” Instead, looking back, Bob McRae says he has only positive memories of his decision and the outcomes. “I would do it again at the drop of a hat,” he said. “I’ve been canvassing for the Kidney Foundation for years, raising funds to support research and patient programs. Given my own

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night at RBC Bluesfest Organizers expecting shows to hit capacity 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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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.

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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.

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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 Danny Moo. Now Johnson said he’s proud of his comedic prowess. Johnson said he considers Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers to be on par with Great Big Sea, another east coast band. He said fans have travelled from far and wide to see a show. One taste and you just might consider moving to Newfoundland. “I think the songs help people to understand that there’s a history and a culture worth preserving in rural Newfoundland,” Johnson said. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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Work to get underway on O-Train expansion Buses to replace trains during shutdown Steph Willems


The O-Train will be out of service from April 27 to Sept. 2 while the transit line undergoes repair and expansion. A special bus route will be added by OC Transpo to serve the O-Train stations during that period.


EMC news – Taking advantage of lower ridership rates between school years, work begins on the O-Train service expansion project on April 27. Between that date and Sept. 2, the transit line will be shut down to make way for track, bridge and tunnel maintenance, station upgrades, and the construction of passing tracks in two locations - one of them near Gladstone Avenue, the other by Brookfield Road. The $59-million project was approved by city council in 2011. During the shutdown, service to each of the five O-Train stations will be offered by Route 107. That route will follow the southeast Transitway from South Keys Station to Heron, then connects to Bronson Avenue via Data Centre Avenue. The route then performs a loop of Campus/University avenues at Carleton University before leaving Bronson to connect to Preston Street via Carling Avenue. It then continues down Preston Street to Albert Street to reach the Lebreton Transitway Station. Construction of passing tracks will allow for double the number of trains

to run – four instead of two – with service going from every 15 minutes to every eight minutes after the new infrastructure has been tested. The city will receive delivery of six new diesel Alstom Coradia Lint trains this fall to replace the three Bombardier trains that have been in service since the line opened in 2001. The city has notified Carleton University that there will be some traffic congestion in the area of the River Building once work commences. As of press time, OC Transpo has not responded to requests for information on the possibility of disruptions in the areas where passing tracks are being constructed. Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs, whose eastern ward boundary is the O-Train line, said her office has had “no notification (that) it would be required.” Upgrades to increase the O-Train’s capacity are being carried out this year in advance of the planned shutdown of Hurdman Station in 2015. When that major transit hub is closed during the construction of the Confederation LRT line, the O-Train should be able to handle the increased number of riders expected to use the service as an interim measure.

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her novel that detail mill operations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just to be able to step back in time like that, and to see the equipment, feel the size of the room, the way the light came in, it made it feel real,â&#x20AC;? she said. Trueman said thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only way to really experience the mill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing to explain it, but to use more than that one sense you can smell the flour, hear the water and feel the rumbling of the building,â&#x20AC;? Trueman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like the building can tell the story much better than I can.â&#x20AC;? Czerneda will launch her fourteenth novel at the millâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open day festivities on May 4 with a book signing and reading event in Dickinson Square. Beginning at 10 a.m. vendors including Czerneda will set up in the square. Along with a pile of books to sell and sign, Czerneda and her husband will set up a photography exhibit inside the mill featuring his research photos from their two visits. Czerneda will likely read from her book several times during the afternoon. Throughout the day, visitors can also enjoy heritage games on the lawn, catch some music from Terry McGovern and the Retrosonics and check out a vintage wedding dress exhibit at Dickinson House run by the Rideau Township Historical Society. The mill hopes to celebrate the millâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly replaced roof as well, with speeches from local politicians, mill staff and the Ontario Trillium Foundation during a barbeque lunch. For more information about A Turn of Light visit

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Village Voices dreaming of spring Emma Jackson

EMC news - The Village Voices choir will ring in the spring with a concert dedicated to warmer weather and rising spirits. “It’s very upbeat,” said Cathy Graham, a second alto with the choir since 2004. The choir, an all-women group that draws singers from across rural south Ottawa, will partner with the Manotick Brass quintet at Barrhaven United Church on Sunday, April 28. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., the singers and horn blowers will offer several hours of rousing music that promises something for everyone, Graham said. “Our director likes to do a variety of things so we tend to touch on all kinds of different kinds of music,” she said.

“Some of them you’ll recognize, some of them are classical, some of them different languages.” From Les Miserables’ “Castle on a Cloud” to folk hymns like “The Sun Don’t Set in the Morning,” Graham said the choir will cover many genres in the course of a few hours. The Manotick Brass will also offer a variety of tunes. Their first set will celebrate the “best of British” with a spritely march from the Second World War, an overture by Gilbert and Sullivan and a newly commissioned piece called “Scotland the Brave.” The second set is even more varied. Director Martin Luce said the group will move from “A Walk by the Sea,” full of folk songs about the ocean, to a polka piece, a gospel hymn, Whitney Houston’s “One Mo-

ment in Time” and then the ever-popular “Bugler’s Holiday.” “It really shows the brass off,” Luce said. The Manotick Brass have partnered with the choir once before, and Luce said this performance should be a treat for the audience. “We enjoy playing with a choir because it’s a nice contrast,” he said, noting that the contrast is especially noticeable with an all-women’s choir. “We’re always looking for an opportunity to play with a choir.” Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Children 12 and under can come in for free. Refreshments will be available during intermission and after the show, as well as raffle tickets for several gift baskets. For tickets contact Graham at, Nancy at 613-826-2647 or Judy at 613-826-2261. For more information about Village Voices visit

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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

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

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.

Should you adopt a pet if you have allergies? 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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Tree giveaway Mayor Jim Watson, second left, is joined by Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation Chair Jason Kelly, Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches joined with Capital Junk volunteers to help celebrate their 1000 Tree Giveaway held on Laurier Street in front of city hall. Capital Junk has partnered with the RVCF to become the First Carbon Neutral Fleet in Ottawa and together, as part of this celebration will plant 400 seedlings in the capital region. For the donation of $1.00, residents were able to have a tree planted in their honour.”



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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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Minto to fence off scrap wood pile lot Debris pile needed for active building site: councillor

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EMC news - Avalon residents are unhappy with a large pile of scrap wood almost as tall as the neighbouring houses. The pile is on an unused lot at Brian Coburn and Portobello boulevards, owned by Minto Group, which is building houses nearby. “It’s just a mess,” said Anik Couturier, who lives on the nearby Nantes Street. “There are a lot of kids in the neighbourhood; the risk is so high. When you’re a kid, you’re attracted to that.” Couturier drives past the site every day on the way to work, and said she has spoken with other neighbours who are worried a child will get hurt, or someone will set the pile on fire as a prank. The pile is mostly scrap pieces of wood. Brent Strachan, Minto’s senior BRIER DODGE/METROLAND vice-president, said the wood is there Residents are upset that a pile of debris has been left at the corner of Portobello and because it’s material that will either Brian Coburn boulevards. Minto is using the area for material that is to be recycled or be re-used or recycled. reused, and has planned to install a fence. “The pile is our construction recycling pile,” he said. “Instead of garbage being shipped off, it’s sent there to be sorted and recycled.” He said material will be coming and going from the site for the next year while construction on nearby projects is underway. Residents are frustrated they weren’t getting any answers on future actions that would be taken to stop children from using the site, said Couturier. Her biggest concern is how easy it is to gain access to the site. On April 18, Strachan said plans had begun for a fence to be built around the perimeter “in the next week or two.” He said the fence will be tall enough to keep out children from accessing the site while they continue to see material sorted and stored. A request for comment from Coun. Stephen Blais’s office resulted in a phone call from the councillor, who is in hospital recuperating from a heart attack in January. “I’ve been in discussions with Minto for the past day or two, and bylaw is taking a look at the site,” he said. “There are no grounds for the issuance of a fine. It’s private property.” Blais said Minto needed a space to store their materials to keep them from being left in other parts of the neighbourhood, and had discussed the incoming fence with Minto staff. “We need to recognize that the neighbourhood is still a construction zone and there is active home building going on,” he said. “There are some inconviences that come along with that kind of home.”



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Wellington West artist and resident Andrew King’s ‘Studio 15’ gallery opening on April 19 drew large crowds eager to see the subjects of his neighbourhood-centric paintings. King’s observations of local developments factored heavily into the subject matter of his works, which are displayed until the end of the month at 1304 Wellington St. West. The gallery opening also coincided with the opening of the sales office of a fictitious condo development – ‘The Wellboron’ – which was actually an elaborate ruse and performance piece that perplexed residents of Westboro and Wellington St. West since ads and a website appeared three weeks earlier.

A Win-Win for Canadian Infrastructure Like Canada’s baby boomers, many of our roads and bridges are getting older and will need to retire in the next 20 years. That means the country has two expensive, simultaneous problems. The number of people in Canada over 65 will double from 4.7 million to 9.3 million within two decades, just as we must pay to replace or reconstruct numerous bigcity thoroughfares and bridges that are between four and six decades old. Is there a way for each to help fund the other? Pension plans have investment capital but need income. Infrastructure needs capital and can provide income. Why not allow the pension funds to profit from investments in building, maintaining and operating roads, bridges and transit? In fact, this is already happening. Those living in the Greater Toronto Area are familiar with the success of Highway 407, a private highway that runs 108 km between Burlington and Pickering. The electronic billing system allowed 114 million trips in 2010 to be completed with no inconvenient tollgate stops. So successful is this 400-series highway that its owners are now expanding it east to Oshawa, with two new links south to Highway 401.


The highway is not only good for drivers, but also for retirees. Pension plans, mutual funds and others have purchased $4-billion in bonds in Highway 407, and the Canada Pension Plan — with a 40% stake — is one of its largest shareholders. So when Canadians drive this private highway, they are contributing to their retirement. With $174.4-million in net earnings in this year, the highway can offer lucrative interest and dividends that will help fund the golden years of Canadians.

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Pension funds are also invested in the transit business. A private-sector consortium designed, built, and partially financed the 19.5 km Canada Line in British Columbia and will operate it for 35 years. The Line links Vancouver to Richmond and the airport. With $720-million from the private sector, it is the biggest capital project in British Columbia’s history, saving the province saved an estimated $92-million. One of the lead shareholders in the project is the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, which invests on behalf of the pension plans of 500,000 people. Another is the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which manages the province’s public sector pensions.

EMC news - Scholarships and General Services for Fitness is proud to announce its second annual Health and Career Expo to be held at the Jim Durrell Recreational Center in Ottawa on April 27. The expo is an all-day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. This event is free to the public. The fitness expo will provide detailed information on nutrition, exercise, and career orientation. This event will feature representatives within the health and fitness industries that have volunteered their time to the Ottawa community to help individuals develop and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Also presenting will be Loblaws’ dietician, Jennifer Ong Tone, who will be speaking on the importance of scientific nutrition. In addition, the expo will feature a presentation on youth programs by Marc-André Clément. The fitness expo will also provide a food and entertainment package featuring Robert Ing and Dr. Robert Ing, mentalist and mind reader. The Ottawa community will have a chance to meet and talk with our professionals at free cake and coffee reception following the event. Everyone is invited to attend the event. Visit the website at to find the presentation that interests you and come on by April 27. We hope to see you there.

For this model to work, policy makers must do three things. First, before each major project, they must ask: can the private sector build, finance, own and/or operate the asset better and more affordably than government? If the answer is yes, the second step is an open and fair competition among bidders. Limiting competition to favoured interest groups only drives up project cost, leading to higher taxes, tolls and fares for taxpayers and commuters. Third, the government should resist any temptation to play matchmaker. While large pools of capital make pension funds a perfect fit, tendering processes should not be biased towards them. Nor should politicians intervene to force public plans like the CPP or the Caisse to invest in particular projects. All Canadians will benefit when pension funds and infrastructure projects come together to both build needed infrastructure and generate investment returns. This is a win-win solution that we should embrace. Pierre Poilievre MP Nepean-Carleton

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Laureen Harper unveils a new Adopt a Pet stamp at the Ottawa Humane Society on April 22.

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LOOK FOR THE FAR HORIZONS LOGO somewhere else in this newspaper each week. Attach the logo to the ballot below and mail to EMC CONTEST, 57 Auriga Dr. Unit 103, Ottawa, Ontario K2E 8B2.

BALLOT Name: Address:


Town/City: EMC over the 8 week period will be eligible to win the trip. One trip for two will be awarded at the end of the contest. The draw will be taking place in the EMC ofďŹ ce on May 10th. The winner will be contacted that day by phone. The winner will receive one All-Inclusive 7 day trip for two to Jamaica- Sunset Resorts. Airfare, accommodations and taxes are included. Winner must conďŹ rm trip dates with Far Horizons. Dates are subject to availability. The trip must be used by Dec 2013. Winners must have valid passport/ travel documents. Employees and their family members or relatives of The EMC and Far Horizons are not eligible to enter the contest. All EMC decisions are ďŹ nal.

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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-224-3330, E-mail:

April 25

A beautiful multi-colour selection of long-stemmed roses, boxed with a ribbon. Show Mom your love and support Rotary's involvement in health and literacy programs. (Mom will know she raised you good!)


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Strathcona FREE d delivery eli livery (within Ottawa) Friday, May 10th

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Summer Events starting in May

Whole Earth Expo 2013 An energizing and fun-filled two day event! M ay 1 1 & 1 2 , C a r l e t o n U n i ve r s i t y F i e l d h o u s e B r o n s o n Ave n u e a t S u n n y s i d e , O t t aw a Get informed and inspired by ideas and tools for:

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May2013; Friday Calendar: Friday 3rd: Meal: Digbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fish & Chips $9. Music with Tony True. Friday 10th: Meal: Lasagna. $9. Music with Simon Clarke. Friday 17th: Meal: BBQ Steaks, salad & desert $12. Music with Howard Delnick Friday 24th: Meal: Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shepherdsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pie $9. Music by Assembly Required Band. Friday 31st: Meal: BBQ Steaks, salad & desert. Music and dance.

May 4

(Please consult our activity calendar at for meal update)

We are Open to the Public, Membership encouraged but not required. Kathie Donovan

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Non-Denominational Weddings - Vow Renewals Ceremonies with Reception Hall Rental, performed by our Chaplain at our Strathcona Legion Branch Home: 613.822.6405 Cell: 613.219.4919 E-Mail:

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â&#x20AC;Śand many more expert presenters! Celebrate Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day on May 12 with lots of fun activities and surprises for Mums, Kids & Dads! "SSJWFFBSMZUPHFUZPVS(PPEJF#BHBOEKPJOUIFDPOUFTUTUPXJOHSFBUQSJ[FT 4VQQPSUUIF0UUBXB'PPE#BOLBOEEPOBUFBOPOQFSJTIBCMFGPPEJUFN

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Hall Rental For All Occasions Phone: 613.236.1575. Your Wedding need not cost the down payment on a home.

Bring kids for lots of fun & learning:

Come to Festival of Friendship Dinner organized by Ottawa Muslim Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Organization at 5.30 p.m, at St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Dr. Proceeds to benefit Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health at Royal Ottawa Hospital. Keynote Speaker is Dr. Ingrid Mattason. Ticket $50/person or Table of 8 for $400. There will be light entertainment and raffle. For more information contact Nigar at 613 592 0739 or email

The Ottawa Newcomersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Club welcomes members and potential new members to its monthly luncheon meeting to be followed by a spring fashion show presented by Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trainyards from 11.30 a.m. Cost for the 3-course luncheon, including tea or coffee, is $29 (wine extra). Location is the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, 1405 Aylmer Rd., Gatineau. Please contact Barb, 613837-2520. Full details at

Friday Night Meals and Entertainment

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April 28

May 1

These events are open to the Public to join us. Saturday & Sunday OPEN for Rentals

Public is Always Welcome



Monday, EUCHRE - 1 pm; Blind Draw Doubles Darts - 7 pm. Wednesday Cribbage - 7pm; Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bowling - Walkley Lanes - 1pm; Friday Night Meals and Music

our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Dinnerâ&#x20AC;? of Turkey with all of the Trimmings, followed by a dessert of ice cream and maple syrup, at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr., starting at 5 p.m., with a second sitting at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Proceeds will go to the community outreach work of the church. For tickets, please call 613-733-3156 ext 229, or come to the church office (M-F 9-4). Adults: $15.00, Children $8.00. For more information, visit

Alta Vista Library at 2516 Alta Vista Dr., invites you to attend a family event to celebrate cultures. Program includes storytellers from many cultures in our community and the Oto-Wa Taiko drummers. The free program starts at 2 p.m. For more information visit or call 613-737-2837 x28.

We have movedâ&#x20AC;Ś but not that far! Come and see us in our NEW LOCATION & NEW BUILDING located on Walkley Side of Herongate Mall, beside Subway.

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The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre is holding its first seniors information fair and lunch, April 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre in Britannia. Tickets are $10 (including lunch) and can be purchased at the Olde Forge. Local business and service sector exhibitors will present products and information of value to seniors and persons with disabilities. For tickets and further information call The Olde Forge at 613-829-9777 or email

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