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News - Gangs may be on the rise in the city, but residents shouldn’t be alarmed. The Ottawa police Direct Action Response Team paid a visit to the Hunt Club Park Community Association’s meeting at the Conroy Road Public Works facility on June 25. When asked by a resident if gang activity was growing, Sgt. Marco Dinardo said he believed it was, but reassured those in attendance police had cleaned up some trouble spots in the past, such as Russell and Walkley roads. “It takes a whole community to take back the city streets,” Sgt. Mark MacMillan said. DART monitors gang activity and educates the public about gangs within the city. Members of the squad also come up with strategies to prevent criminal activity. DART works alongside members of the Ottawa police guns and gangs unit. “Whenever there is an area that has problems with gangs, we will go in as fast as we can to try and clean it up,” MacMillan said. Several residents asked about which communities had gang activity. MacMillan said while activity can occur throughout Ottawa, it’s not easy to pinpoint the exact location of a group as they tend to spread out into subgroups.
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Best foot forward Four-year-old Dale Blaney is surrounded by a pile of shoes she’s outgrown, which will be donated to Friendly Feet, a charity her mom, Shannon, has operated for the past three years. A golf tournament this month seeks to raise money to purchase footwear for children who can’t afford a new pair. See story on page 3.
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News - Ottawa firefighters spent a day putting out an industrial blaze at a fibreglass warehouse in the city’s south end last week. The fire broke out in a stack of eightmetre high fibreglass bales at the Certain Teed Insulation warehouse, located at 3965 Belgreen Dr., just before 8 p.m., on June 25.
“The bales were four-feet long, 18 inches wide, and four inches thick, and they were wrapped in plastic, so when plastic burns, it burns off a lot of heat,” said Ottawa fire department spokesperson Marc Messier. Firefighters doused hot spots for nearly 24 hours before the area was deemed safe. Fifteen employees escaped unharmed. The industrial facility has had five
fires over the course of three years, something not uncommon for an industrial facility, said Messier. “It’s the type of facility where we just have to expect this to happen,” said Messier. This particular fire did not occur in the manufacturing plant as it had previously. It is not uncommon either for firefighters to be continuously called to this facility considering the amount of
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On March 15, 2010, an overheated bearing caused a small fire in a pipe, creating a lot of smoke, but affecting no one. On Sept. 5, 2010, a forming hood fire shut down one production line, and on Dec. 8, 2010, a fibreglass furnace started leaking hot, molten glass, which can reach temperatures as high as 1600 degrees C. The leak, however, did not cause a fire. An unexplained gas explosion in the production area caused an evacuation of the 130-employee facilty on June 2, 2011. The Ottawa fire departmentâ€™s prevention team had issued an order forbidding production from starting again until the inspection and letters of compliance were provided by agencies and safety authories. On June 9, employees returned to work. When the plant is closed, the company must maintain a 24-hour
fire watch patrol on site. The latest fire was in the plantâ€™s ductwork, which then spread to a fan and the emissions stack and caused extensive damage to the areaâ€™s infrastructure. No one was hurt in any of the incidents, according to the fire department. As no one was injured in the fires, CertainTeed Insulation is not required to report small fires and other incidents to the Ministry of Labour, according to ministry spokesperson Matt Blajer in a previous interview with the Ottawa South News. Messier said at the time the fire department had no concerns about health and safety at the plant. â€œThey meet all their requirements that the fire department requires of them, theyâ€™ve got everything in place such as a fire escape plan. As far as weâ€™re concerned, for fire-related incidents, everything is in place,â€? he said. Calls to CertainTeed were not returned as of press time.
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News – Shannon Blaney remembers the first girl she put a pair of shoes on. She was wearing a sandal three sizes too small. “Her face just lit up when I put on a running shoe that fit,” she said. “She hugged me and asked if they were for her to keep. It was a very emotional moment.” Blaney is part of an Ottawa fundraiser which will offer children some sole support this month. The south Ottawa resident is spearheading a golf tournament in support of Friendly Feet, an initiative she started in 2011 after she heard of a number of children who did not have proper fitting footwear. The tournament is scheduled to take place, rain or shine, on July 25
at The Meadows Golf and Country Club. This is the third year Blaney and the community will be raising funds for the organization, which delivered 500 pairs of shoes to Ottawa children during its first year, and raised $900 as part of a silent auction fundraiser the second year. “Since more people are aware of Friendly Feet, I get ongoing shoe drop offs throughout the year, so this year decided not to do a big shoe drive, but instead have a golf tournament,” she explained. Perhaps the best part for Blaney is when it comes to actually purchasing the shoes for the children, knowing they have likely not had anything new in their life. “In the fall, we will be in contact with the schools to find out what children need shoes,” he said. “The feeling is really indescrib-
able. Having shoes that are too small or are full of holes is very uncomfortable for children, they cannot focus on learning or playing if they are in discomfort.” “If by putting them in a shoe or boot that fits them can change their life for the better if even for a few months, all the work involved is so worth it.” “I have had many parents so grateful since they really cannot afford to get shoes for their children.” The tournament includes 18 holes of golf, dinner, and door prizes. Friendly Feet are now accepting all kinds of children’s footwear, from running shoes to rain boots to sandals, sizes 10 to 6. Cash donations can be sent via money transfer to email@example.com. For more information, please go to www.friendlyfeet.ca.
News - It’s better to scrap a broken policy that lets developers pay their way out of parking requirements than try to fix it, the city’s planning committee decided. The policy was ditched with little fanfare during a June 25 meeting, but one citizen who spoke to the committee said community associations have a deep interest in the issue and would have rather seen a proposal to fix the policy. Daniel Mullaly from the Centretown Citizens Community Association said if the process is broken, the city should fix it. “This policy has been mismanaged for an extended period of time,” he said. The CCCA and other community associations in Hintonburg, Westboro, Old Ottawa South and the Glebe discussed the need to a comprehensive parking strategy for the city, Mullaly said. Planning committee chairman Peter Hume, councillor for Alta Vista Ward, insisted the change doesn’t mean people will have a “free pass” to avoid providing parking. The old policy required property owners and developers to pay a fee in exchange for a reduction in the parking they are required to provide in cases where there are restraints on the owner’s ability to provide parking. It’s only supposed to be used in cases where it is “clearly demonstrated” that the requirements would result in an over-supply of parking. The city would ostensibly use the money to build public parking facilities, but the report notes the amount of money collected will likely never be enough to replace the total number of spaces in the communities where they are
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Of the 15 to 19 known gangs in the Ottawa area, there are approximately 400 members associated with them. One of the groups, the Crips, originated in Ottawa’s south end, and now operates a series of subgroups across the city. MacMillan said DART has two teams of investigators that try to divert any dangerous activity in a neighbourhood, such as criminal possession and trafficking of firearms. Most members are young adults, the majority of whom have had multiple run-ins with the police over the years. “We know all the gangs – that’s part of our responsibility with the guns and gangs unit,” said MacMillan.
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If we are trying to suppress and curb gang-related violence in the community, it’s not done by us alone SGT. MARK MACMILLAN
Dinardo said young people join gangs for socio-economic reasons as well as for the opportunity to be a part of a group. “A lot of the times, they’re from broken homes,” said MacMillan. They also have low self-esteem, he said. Gangs are a complex issue, said police Chief Charles Bordeleau in a statement. “They involve at-risk youth and men and women in organized crime groups. We know that a multifaceted solution that involves the entire community is the answer. To that end, we as a community need to address the broader social factors at play.” “Effective anti-gang efforts begin with partnerships among parents, schools, law enforcement, religious institutions, community organizations, businesses and youth. And to successfully address the gang phenomenon, we need to develop a comprehensive gang strategy, involving several components: early identification of at risk individuals, education, prevention, diversion, suppression, exit strategies and community involvement.” In September 2000, Ottawa police began to see evidence of the re-emergence of gangs and gang activity. Police were reporting more serious violence, with guns and drugs becoming more prominent. When it comes to the definition of a gang, said MacMillan, there has been much change over the years. Symbols and common names spray painted on facilities or structures are not spotted around the community as much,
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Sgt. Marco Dinardo of the Ottawa police DART unit told residents at a meeting last week that gangs attract members of the community from similar cultural and ethnic backgrounds. as gangs are becoming smarter when it comes to evading police. “You don’t see too much of that anymore, it’s not like what we used to, but it’s still there,” he said. He urged the community to continue reporting any suspicious behaviour in their community. “If we are trying to suppress and curb gang-related violence in the community, it’s not done by us alone,” said MacMillan. “It’s a community issue.” He told residents they need not be overly alarmed about gangs, but to keep an eye out for each other, as gang-related activity affects everyone. Anyone with information on guns or gang issues in their neighbourhoods can call DART at 613-236-1222, ext. 4410.
News - Michael Palin may be a comedy icon for people over 40 or 50, but he’s a virtual unknown among today’s teens, unless they have a thirst for travel documentaries. The former Python dropped in on Grade 7 geography students at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School on June 26, where the kids had only a vague idea about the day’s keynote speaker. As they awaited his arrival, one student said they know Palin “travels a lot” and another said he’s “meant to be funny.” It shouldn’t be a surprise, given his knack for entertaining, that Palin connected with the kids. All it took was a slide show of the places he’s been and stories about eating maggots and camel liver and vomiting in the desert. The silly walk confirmed his comedy chops with the young crowd. Palin’s slideshow featured photos from his 25 years spent filming travel documentaries, starting with Around the World in 80 Days. The landscapes and unusual people captured the students’ attention and also related to Python’s inescapable legacy; Palin told a story about singing The Lumberjack Song to a man in Bhutan. In Pakistan he watched bull racing, which he said “has no point to it but it’s jolly good fun.” A photo of Palin washing an elephant proved popular, and animals came up during a question-and-answer session with the kids. Palin said the most dangerous things he’s dealt with while travelling are “humans, not animals,” although he was once scratched by a puma. Palin paced across a giant map unrolled across the floor of a gymnasium as he answered questions. The
weirdest place he’s visited: a Tunisian community where people live in caves. He described breaking a rib while whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River in Africa. He admitted to eating maggots as well as some camel liver that didn’t agree with him and quickly came back up; maybe not a ringing endorsement of world travel but an adventure nonetheless. GOLD MEDAL
Palin’s stop in Ottawa came a day before he was to receive the Royal Canadian Geographic Society’s gold medal for his contribution to geographical literacy. Certainly his travel shows have been seen by millions and have probably inspired many of those viewers to see more of this planet. Palin said his global travels have delivered a dose of humility. “People know a lot more than I do,” he said. “I’ve been to some of the poorest parts of the world, and seeing how people live and raise their children; it’s quite inspiring. “The most hospitable people are very often the poorest people.” Palin said he dreamed of being an explorer as a child and was lucky to receive an offer from the BBC to host Around the World in 80 Days back in the 1980s. The series’ popularity prompted further trips and shows. He encouraged the students to see the world too. “Go out there,” Palin said. “Travel the world. Understand it.” His stop in Barrhaven came about because he asked to meet children during his Canadian visit and the geographic society’s communications manager lives next door to LDHSS teacher Larisa Deme. Deme said the school’s principal jumped at the chance to have Palin speak to students.
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News â€“ A splash pad in Fairlea Park will be ready to use just as summer heats up. Preparation began in May for the wardâ€™s second splash pad, but the councillor for the area notes a few hiccups have caused the project to have a later construction start date. Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans says overall, Mother Nature has not been kind with her ongoing momentum of less than ideal weather required for successful con-
Diane Deans struction of the splash pad. â€œThe work is a little behind
schedule, but it will be finished in time for the end of July,â€? she said. Deans said the concrete needs to set for about a week after itâ€™s poured, with the weather cooperating. â€œThe concrete canâ€™t be poured in when itâ€™s raining, and needs to have a full week to actually set in,â€? Deans said. The splash pad equipment is arriving from British Columbia. Deans thanked the community for helping to bring a splash pad to Fairlea Park. â€œThis is something the com-
munity has been looking forward to for a while,â€? she said. â€œTheyâ€™ve been very instrumental in securing the funding for the project. Itâ€™s something I am very proud of.â€? Construction of a splash pad typically includes hooking up drainage and electrical services, installation of the water spray features, pouring of the concrete and landscaping. The splash pad equipment is arriving from Vancouver, BC. In the meantime, youngsters can enjoy a cool moment under the splash pad at Heatherington Park.
News - Townhomes planned for Chapel Hill were left in limbo after a planning committee meeting on June 25. Thanks to prompting from Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess, committee members voted to restrict buildings along La Chapelle Street to three-storey single-family homes. The committee was also set to vote on a controversial plan to allow stacked townhomes of up to 12 metres high on the remainder of the former Roger Bergeron and Sons property, but councillors voted instead to throw out the rezoning recommendation without a decision. Coun. Katherine Hobbs, a member of the committee, initially voted against approving the rezoning recommendation from city staff. In order to finalize the committeeâ€™s decision to reject the rezoning, councillors had to vote again to reject that recommendation, but Hobbs changed her vote. She said she mistakenly voted against the staff recommendation to allow the stacked townhomes and wanted to reverse her vote. That means it will have to come back and be dealt with at a
city council meeting on July 17. A councillor will have to move a motion to ask city council to consider rezoning the balance of the property for 2.5-storey stacked townhomes. Before the complicated vote, Bloess and representatives for the developer, Domicile, met to try to hash out an eleventh-hour compromise. Those efforts were unsuccessful. â€œIn this case, I have failed â€Ś We have not been able to achieve a consensus here,â€? he said, adding that his motion to restrict buildings to single-family homes facing La Chapelle was an effort to work towards some consensus. That move was met with some thanks from residents who lined up to speak to the committee. They were concerned that the density of a stacked-townhome development would not match the character of the surrounding neighbourhood. Speakers at planning committee emphasized the singlefamily homes in the community, but the staff report to planning committee indicates there are two- and three-storey homes across from the vacant site, on OrlĂŠans Boulevard. â€œThe city is imposing a one size fits all standard by applying
an urban standard to a suburban community,â€? said AndrĂŠ Thivierge, co-chairman of the Chapel Hill residentsâ€™ committee. Thivierge said the community is well aware of the development potential for the land and they see Domicile as a highquality developer whose project has an opportunity to enhance the neighbourhood. But his main frustration is the perception that businesses that are out to make a profit will get to decide whatâ€™s best for a community. Miguel Tremblay, a planner from FoTenn Planning and Urban Design who represents Domicile, said the change to single homes along La Chapelle would
â€œerodeâ€? the good design of the entire proposal. He was backed up by Domicileâ€™s planning lawyer, Alan Cohen, who noted the irony of the rezoning being considered on the same day the committee tabled the draft update to its Official Plan, which stipulates the city must grow â€œup, not outâ€? to avoid sprawl. Bloess agreed that the city sends a mixed message if it emphasizes urban intensification in its master policies but doesnâ€™t back them up with zoning to ensure that type of development happens. Other neighbours, including Denise Rousseau, were concerned about things like traffic, garbage and green space.
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News â€“ When Carol Darcy thinks of Ottawa, she envisions cycling in every corner of the city. So the south Ottawa resident was pleased to hear about a new pedesitraan and cycling link which will run right beside the Aviation Parkway. â€œItâ€™s a great idea,â€? she said. â€œI cycle all the time, back and forth from work, to and from appointments, itâ€™s a great lifestyle. The more people you have on safe cycling paths, the better. The city needs more of this type of infrastructure/â€? An open house was held on June 24 at the Hunt Club-Roverside Community Centre to showcase what the pedestrian and cycling pathway from Walkley Road to Brookfield Road will look like. Work is currently underway, said River Ward coun. Maria McRae, who hosted what she highlighted a successful open house alongside the cityâ€™s design and consultation branch that evening. â€œWe got very positive feedback from people who live in other wards and people from River ward,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s very exciting to see how we are continuing to invest in the incredible piece of infrastructure.â€? This project is part of the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetlands development, which allows residents to access pedestrian pathways and cycling routes throughout the area. The first phase saw the linkage between
Work is shown progressing on the pedestrian and cycling pathways along the Airport Parkway. A new set of trails is set to link Hunt Club and Walkley roads. Hunt Club and Walkley roads. This yearâ€™s cityâ€™s budget paced the way for a second link, which fully connects Walkley and Brookfield roads. â€œItâ€™s a fanastic Northsouth option for people who want to cycle to work,â€? said McRae. She gave kudos to deputy city manager Nancy Schepers, who, she said, has supported her from the beginning on the project. The Hunt Club to Walkley pedestrian and cycling pathway extension was done in a piece-meal fashion, she said, in 2010. This
was one of the first projects McRae worked on when she was elected into office. The pedestrian and cycling pathways project is part of the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetlands, which officially opened in September 2007. This stormwater management facility is over two kilometers long and serves a catchment area of 1,418 hectares. It is designed to collect and treat stormwater runoff from three main sources: Sawmill Creek, Cahill Creek and the Plante Drive storm sewer, before it flows into the Rideau River.
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BRIDGING COMMUNITIES Ward 22 Update
Steve Desroches Deputy Mayor Councillor, Gloucester-South Nepean KOREA WEEK IN OTTAWA 2013 marks the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War and the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea. The City of Ottawa recently proclaimed June 25 to July 1, 2013 as “Korea Week” in Ottawa to commemorate and honour the Veterans of the Korean War. I am pleased to announce that after being submitted to the commemorative naming process, I worked with community leaders to name a new park in Ward 22 ‘Gus Este Park’ in honour of local Korean War Veteran Gus Este. I feel this is a special way to honour these veterans and commemorate Mr. Este in recognition of his lifetime of service to both Canada and the Ottawa community. I would like to thank the Royal Canadian Legion and Jason Kelly for their support.
NEW O-TRAINS ARRIVE IN OTTAWA I was pleased to see the new O-trains arrive in Ottawa this past week. As you may know, the O-Train service is currently undergoing a major expansion. The upgrades include the addition of two passing tracks, signal upgrades, station modifications and Walkley Yard upgrades. When the upgrades are completed, the O-Train service will improve from every fifteen minutes to approximately every eight minutes in 2014 when the new trains are put into service. SABINE GIBBINS/METROLAND
A replacement bus service, designated as Route 107, is currently in operation.
Zombies will make a special appearance during this year’s Rattle Me Bones’ 20th annual event, in support of The Ottawa Hos- Route 107 runs parallel to the O-Train service to serve stops adjacent to all O-Train stations. pital. This year;s race will be in support on bone cancer research.
Zombies to make appearance at Rattle Me Bones Ottawa Hospital’s premier fundraising race offers registrants new twist
OTTAWA LOCAL IMMIGRATION PARTNERSHIP FORUM It was my pleasure to represent the City of Ottawa as Deputy Mayor at the 2nd Annual Forum for the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP). Immigration is key to Ottawa’s prosperity and vitality and without immigration, Ottawa cannot sustain the population and labour force growth needed for our economic, social and cultural sustainability.
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Since its creation, OLIP has been working tirelessly with numerous key local institutions to develop the Ottawa Immigration Strategy, which aims to improve local capacity to attract, welcome and integrate immigrants to our city and, in doing so, contribute to the prosperity, vibrancy and exclusivity of our community. Immigration is a key factor in Ottawa’s future prosperity and success. All three levels of government and local stakeholders know that if Ottawa is to be successful in enhancing its economic, social and cultural vitality, we must plan at the local level to attract, retain and integrate immigrants. I extend my sincere congratulations and appreciation to the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership Council for their work in the community.
RIVERSIDE SOUTH CANADA DAY I would like to thank all residents who came out to enjoy the Riverside South Canada Day festivities this past weekend. The event was once again a great success. I would also like to thank the Riverside South Community Association, volunteers, and sponsors for organizing this community event for the enjoyment of all residents.
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Zombies were spotted wandering the grounds of the Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus last week in celebration of the newest addition to this year’s Rattle Me Bones race – a five kilometreZombie Crossbone leg. searchers at the hospital make valuable discoveries that will change the course of bone cancer diagnoses,” said Ottawa Hospital surgeon Dr. Joel Werier. All registrants will get the classic longsleeved cotton T-shirt, but this year, entrants have a chance to earn an additional long-
sleeved technical running jersey. If participants raise more than $50, they will get a free shirt. When competitors raise $175, they will refund the price of the race fee. For more information on the race or to register, visit ohfoundation.ca.
I would like to remind drivers to be cautious on the road with the added volume of children in the community. I know that speeding is a serious concern for many residents in our neighbourhood and I would like to remind drivers to please slow down when driving in your neighbourhood. Thank you for your cooperation.
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News – On your mark, get set – brains! Back for its 20th anniversary edition, Rattle Me Bones will look a little differently this year. The Ottawa Hospital’s iconic road race, to take place at the General Campus on Oct. 27, features a 10 kilometre Wishbone, five kilometre Funnybone, two kilometre TBone, and one kilometre Jigglebone races. The event itself takes place on the trails behind the campus, and was officially launched on June 26. Those who are brave enough to take on the five kilometre Zombie Crossbone, however, will find themselves running for their lives in an off-road setting just north of the hospital’s grounds. All entrants will have something zombies want – not brains, as the undead usually pursue, but flags. During the past 19 years, Rattle Me Bones has raised $1,026,615 in support of The Ottawa Hospital. Proceeds from this year’s races will go towards bone cancer research. “This event may be fun, but it raises some serious funds for a very serious cause,” said Kent Woodhall, race director and senior clinical director for perioperative and regional cancer programs at The Ottawa Hospital. Every year, more than 2,000 people participate in Rattle Me Bones, which has raised more than $1 million in 19 years in support of The Ottawa Hospital. This year’s race will be held in support of bone cancer research. Organizers are hoping to raise a record total this year. “These funds can potentially help re-
The O-Train expansion project is expected to be completed at the beginning of September. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we make these important service improvements.
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Local acts make Bluesfest great
ttawa is spoiled for festivals each summer. Dragon Boats hit the waters of Mooneyâ€™s Bay. Jazz drifts through down-
town. Countless other events draw people each weekend, with Canada Day leading the way. On LeBreton Flats, blues â€“ and an amalgam of other sounds â€“ draws thousands of Ottawans and visitors to this city. Weâ€™re lucky to live in a city that hosts the second largest blues festival in North America (Chicago holds top spot). While the headline acts at Bluesfest garner the most attention, itâ€™s local acts that make up the majority of the entertainment. They may play earlier in the day than B.B. King or the Tragically Hip, but every one of the local musicians is really what makes Bluesfest work. Without the input of Ottawa artists, Bluesfest couldnâ€™t fill multiple stages for the festivalâ€™s 10 days. The payoffs from this commitment to the local community are immeasurable. Not only does Ottawa get an economic boost as thousands of visitors arrive to take in the shows, the
local musicians get a chance to share their material with large crowds of music fans. For the Ottawa entertainers, thereâ€™s the added bonus of getting to open a stage for national and international stars they might never have the chance to meet at any other time. The RBC Ottawa Bluesfest always draws a few grumbles for straying from its blues roots, but the crowds that arrive each year suggest the lineups meet with mass approval. The growing list of genres that can be heard each year also means more and more local acts can try to snag an invitation to play. And every note â€“ in some way â€“ can be traced back to the blues, because itâ€™s the root of almost every North American musical style. And because Bluesfest draws such large crowds, ticket prices can often be much more affordable than an arena show by one headlining act. Once you have a ticket for that famous act, youâ€™re also able to arrive earlier or stay later to take in everything the music fest has to offer. Including all those local acts. If youâ€™ve never spent a lazy Saturday or Sunday wandering between six musical stages, taking in unknown acts and finding real gems, youâ€™ve been missing out. Grab your lawn chair and sunscreen. And have fun right here in Ottawa.
Weâ€™ll miss having our own man in Toronto
oo bad Dalton McGuinty had to leave politics in such an awkward way because he actually was a pretty good premier until things started to go a bit weird toward the end. It would be an exaggeration to say he will be impossible to replace, because his replacement seems to be doing all right so far. But in one respect, Kathleen Wynne cannot replace McGuinty. She is not from Ottawa. McGuinty is. That meant that for the 10 years McGuinty was premier we had a premier who knew that Ottawa existed. Knowing that Ottawa exists is not as easy as you might think. The government of Ontario resides in Toronto and Toronto is a needy place. Amplified by Torontoâ€™s rather noisy media, the cityâ€™s needs are all too evident. To remember that Ottawa exists, it helps to be from here and come back on weekends. On those visits, a premier can leave behind Torontoâ€™s traffic, its urban sprawl, its overcrowded schools and understaffed hospitals and notice our traffic, our urban sprawl, our overcrowded schools and our understaffed hospitals. No matter what is going on in the 416, the premier will be reminded of the Queensway,
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CHARLES GORDON Funny Town OC Transpo, Carling Avenue and some of the other things that make our city great, or not. Not to mention some of the things that make Ottawa unique, such as the presence of the federal government, its departments and agencies and the need to go through nine layers of government (it seems) before action can be taken on any problem. Born and raised in Ottawa, McGuinty couldnâ€™t help but be aware of such things. Wynne is from Toronto. This doesnâ€™t necessarily mean that she thinks all problems can be solved with latte. In fact, her instincts on the casino issue seem to be surer than McGuintyâ€™s. While he was in power, it looked like we would get one downtown whether we wanted it or not. Not long after Wynne came in, the downtown casino seemed to disappear
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