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Safe Inside cycling NEWS a priority: Deans Biking forum held at Greenboro Community Centre The little things are bringing Ottawa residents together for a miniature enthusiasts group. – Page 23


Carleton University fraternity participates in vigil honouring victims of Montreal massacre. – Page 29


Ottawa residents are divided over issue of opening laneways for driveways. – Page 37

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EMC news - More people in Gloucester-Southgate would use their bikes if cycling was made safer and improved infrastructure was provided, said the ward’s councillor Diane Deans. Deans hosted a Better Biking forum at the Greenboro Community Centre on Dec. 4. Issues identified as major barriers to cycling discussed at the forum included: a lack of proper signage, dangerous motorists especially on Hunt Club Road, and a lack of sufficient bike parking spots. Deans held the forum to provide an opportunity for residents to share their ideas to improve cycling in her ward and in key destinations throughout the city. “What I have heard over and over again from residents in my ward is that they want to cycle more, but they need a better network and they need cycling to be safe,” said Deans. She said her ultimate goal is to make sure sufficient cycling infrastructure is in her ward and throughout the city. “Cycling is a very exciting and growing initiative, not just for commuter cyclists but also for leisure cyclists,” said Deans. Prior to the Dec. 4 meeting, Deans held a meeting with a few avid cyclists to tap relevant local knowledge and to scope out the issues and determine from a safety and ward perspective where the missing cycling links were. See FORUM, page 3


Lighting up the night Brett Fairholm, left, Brady Fairholm, Mila Bassi and Martina Bassi braved the cold to take part in this year’s Christmas lighting at the Southway Hotel on Dec. 5. For story see page 4.

The changing face of transit Council to vote on Rideau Transit Group construction proposal Laura Mueller

EMC news - A vision for Ottawa’s light-rail line is becoming clearer after the city revealed its preferred builder on Dec. 5. While city council still has to vote to accept the deal on Dec. 19, station concepts have been fleshed out and are now available for people to view online at and at showcases around the city. Rideau Transit Group’s proposal shows a cohesive se-

ries of neutral-looking wood and concrete stations with modern, modular entrances. Much of the wood will come from ash trees felled by the emerald ash borer. Simple yet attractive design, intuitive passenger flow and integration with cycling and pedestrian facilities are key principles in the station design, according to Rideau Transit Group. There will also be 300 bicycle parking spaces provided along Confederation Line, 80 per cent of which will be weather-protected.

Stairway bicycle “runnels,” or tire ramps will allow cyclists to wheel their bikes up and down stairs and into the trains. Escalators are listed for most of the stations, except Lees Station, which is one level, and Campus, Hurdman, Train and Cyrville stations, which will only have stairs and elevators. Public art displays will be incorporated into the stations. CONSTRUCTION IMPACT

While construction will get underway in 2013, most significantly with the expansion of Highway 417 between Nicholas and the split, most of the light-rail construction

impact won’t be felt until 2015. That’s when the Transitway between Lebreton and Tunney’s Pasture will close so tracks can be laid down. Transitway buses would move onto Scott and Albert streets in dedicated bus lanes from Holland Avenue east. Construction of the east entrance of the 2.5-kilometre downtown tunnel will close the Transitway south of Laurier Avenue to where the Transitway parallels Nicholas Street. Transitway buses will be detoured to the east side of this section of Nicholas Street and along Laurier Avenue to Laurier Station. See LRT, page 33

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that are sick in hospitals,” said Caroline Bradley, 11. “We chose kids at CHEO because they need a lot of support especially during the holiday season when they can’t be out and have fun like we do. It is not fair for them. I hope our cards will cheer them up a bit.” Caroline said the cards will help those kids realize that people are thinking about them. Every year, Optimist International conducts 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people. “It is a great cause and we hope we can put a smile on the faces of those kids that are critically ill at CHEO,” said Amani Kane, 10. At the event, the children also collected non-perishable items to support the Ottawa Food Bank. Sylva Baroody, one of the parents at the event, said seeing the children so excited about helping others is heartwarming. “It is amazing to see how a caring group of children is getting committed to help others, and how they are able to spread their enthusiasm to their families and friends and even to other schools,” said Baroody. The fundraiser raised more than $600 and received about 100 kilograms of non-perishable food items. The students have sent out invitations to all the schools in the neighbourhood to join their effort and to hold similar campaigns of awareness in their own schools and communities.

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Diane Deans Councillor/Conseillère Quartier Gloucester-Southgate Ward City official Gill Wilson demonstrates how best to position your bicycle on the yellow dots at the Better Biking forum hosted by Coun. Diane Deans at the Greenboro Community Centre on Dec. 4.


Forum identifies barriers to cyclists in past.� Wilson said yellow dots are very important for cyclists. “Otherwise, they may stop at a stop line and be there for

a long period of time because they don’t have the mass the automobile has to trigger the automobile detection loop,� she said.

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While the city’s yellow dots technology has been installed at many intersections across the city, only one in 10 cyclists wait in the correct position to be detected by the signals controller. For locations where signals change on demand a vehicle (car or bike) must wait on top of a loop-sensor embedded within the roadway, the best position for being detected has been identified using pavement markings (three dots). “What is underneath them is a detection loop for bicycles, similar to push button for pedestrians. When you align your bicycle along the three yellow dots, you trigger the detection loop underneath the pavement and that then triggers the lights that you are there and waiting for the light to change,� said Gill Wilson, city’s project manager, sustainable transportation. “This technology has been in use for a number of years and I think what has been lacking is the education component. A lot of people aren’t aware that that’s what the dots are there for and a lot may even not have noticed the dots


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The Pavilion Food Bank The Pavilion Food Bank, located at 14 Tapiola Crescent, has been helping countless people in our local community since 1994. With the festive season upon us it is important that we remember those in need and the Food Bank is asking for help re-stock their shelves for the holiday and winter season. Nonperishable food items and cheques (made out to The Pavilion Food Bank) can be dropped off at the Greenboro Pavilion between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Enjoy the Holiday Season by taking part in one of these fun activities for children! If you are looking for a fun way to spend some time this holiday season with your children, why not check out some of the programs happening around the neighbourhood. There are a number of groups and activities taking place for children such as: s#ELEBRATETHE(OLIDAYSWILLTAKEPLACEATTHE'REENBORO Library located at 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive on December 15th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Children ages 9-12 can take part in some fun holiday crafts to get them in that festive MOOD2EGISTRATIONISREQUIREDSOPLEASEVISITWWW or phone 613-580-2957. s4HE3AWMILL#REEK#OMMUNITY#ENTREAND0OOL LOCATEDAT 3380 Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;aoust Avenue, will be hosting two holiday camps for children aged 6-12 looking to take part in some activities during the school break. The camp will include crafts, sports, ANDSWIMMING4HElRSTCAMPRUNSON4HURSDAY $ECEMBER 27th and Friday, December 28th for $78, and the second camp runs from Wednesday, January 2nd to Friday, January 4th for $117. For more information please visit, call 613-521-4092, or stop by the community centre. Please note that registration is required. Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season With the holiday season in full swing I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in our community a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season. It is an honour to serve you and our community.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Together we identified a variety of barriers to cycling within the ward. They were very helpful in framing the discussion and providing some guideline where we should be looking,â&#x20AC;? said Deans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really feel that we are ahead of the curve in what we doing here in GloucesterSouthgate and I think that will position us to advance our cycling priorities.â&#x20AC;? Deans added that cycling is becoming a very important priority for governments at all levels. She said in the 2013 budget that council passed last month, the city was allocating funds for the continuation of the Sawmill Creek Pathw ay from Walkley Road to Brookfield Pathway. Deans said residents have told her how great the path is but that but it stopped at Walkley Road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;North to south connections are key for people, especially commuters that want to commute but want to do it safely,â&#x20AC;? said Deans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That will allow cyclists to connect onto the Rideau Canal and throughout the city. I think that is a pretty an exciting initiative.â&#x20AC;? According to city official Lee Ann Snedden, the city has set aside $24 million to spend on cycling projects and infrastructure over the next three years. While many were enthused with city plans to improve cycling in the ward, one resident expressed his anger over some cyclistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; behaviour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It amazes me why people who ride bikes go through stop signs, go through red lights, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t signal yet if they are driving their car, they would do that,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I could see every cyclist just for one day; stop at a stop sign, or stop at a red light

without proceeding through after, that would make my day. I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it.â&#x20AC;? Deans urged everyone to play their part in respecting the rules of the road and spoke of the need to increase public education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is something I do hear frequently that cyclists arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always obeying the rules of the road,â&#x20AC;? she said. Carleton student Maher Jebara said the city should consider installing bike racks on every single bus, as another incentive to attract more cyclists. Deans said bike racks on all buses was the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-term goal funds permitting.


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Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) Public Showcase On December 5th, the City of Ottawa and the Province of Ontario announced that the consortium known as the Rideau Transit Group has been chosen as the City staff recommended bid to design, build, ďŹ nance, and maintain the Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) project. Their proposal outlines a plan for the ďŹ rst phase of the system that will see a route from Tunneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pasture to Blair and includes a 2.5 km downtown tunnel. This plan will have the system in service by 2018 and includes a ďŹ xed price contract of $2.13 billion with cost overruns borne by the private sector consortium. The proposed designs and construction schedule are available on the OLRT website,, and the City of Ottawa has also launched a series of public showcases to unveil the recommended plan. I am pleased to tell you that on Tuesday, December 18th City Staff will host a LRT showcase in Gloucester-Southgate Ward at the Greenboro Community Centre, located at 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive, in meeting rooms A and B from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is the largest infrastructure project in Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and I encourage everyone to come out and review the recommended plan.

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Hydro Ottawa is proud to announce its 2012 United Way workplace campaign has raised a record $201,950 to create lasting change in our community. Through employee donations and corporate matching dollars, Hydro Ottawa’s campaigns have raised more than $1.2 million over the past 12 years. “The enthusiasm of this workforce is outstanding. I am proud to see Hydro Ottawa employees give generously to help the community we serve,” said Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa.


Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans helps Southway Hotel general manager Stephen Zlepnig flip the switch to usher in the hotel’s holiday season on Dec. 5. This year’s display includes more than 150,000 coloured lights.

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EMC news – The Southway Hotel in Ottawa’s south end kicked off its holiday season by flipping the switch

on its annual Christmas light display on Dec. 5. Every year, the hotel hangs thousands of bulbs to celebrate the festive season, part of a tradition that stretches back more than 50 years.

This year’s display includes more than 150,000 coloured lights, said hotel general manager Stephen Zlepnig. “In 1958 my grandparents began lighting up the grounds

United Way Ottawa supports programs and initiatives that do more than just help people today— they give people the help they need to change their life — for good. Hydro Ottawa’s 2012 campaign included a 10 km relay run, an employee fun day, bake sales and a chilli cook-off. In 2011, Hydro Ottawa’s campaign committee was honoured with a United Way Community Builder Award. Thanks to the leadership of these volunteers and with the support of employees across the company, Hydro Ottawa’s workplace campaign in 2012 is the largest donor among the more than 100 companies in the Construction, Manufacturing and Services Category.

Over the past two years more than $219,000 has been allocated by the Brighter Tomorrows Fund to help agencies implement capital projects to reduce their energy costs. Supporting United Way Ottawa is just one way Hydro Ottawa is contributing to the well-being of our community. Whether it is maintaining one of the safest, most reliable electricity distribution systems in Ontario, helping our customers manage their energy consumption or educating children about electricity safety, our over 600 employees continue to be dedicated workers and caring citizens.

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of the Southway Hotel for Christmas and it’s become both a family tradition and an Ottawa South tradition ever since,” said Zlepnig. More than half a century later, Zlepnig said his family take great pride in continuing the tradition. Southway Hotel during that time has transformed from a small Ottawa South motel to an inn and finally into a 170 room, full-service hotel and convention centre. “Every year I have admired the Southway Hotel’s magnificent lights display and I receive so many calls from residents who compliment this stunning display of lights,” said Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, who helped flip the switch to raise the festive spirits of those residing and working in Ottawa’s south end. “It is part of our Christmas tradition here in the southend and Christmas wouldn’t be the same without this magnificent display,” said Deans. The event also served as an opportunity to raise funds and collect non-perishable food items for the Ottawa Food Bank. The food bank was on hand to accept donations that will help feed many Ottawa area families and individuals in need of nutritious food this holiday. “I would encourage everyone to donate to the food bank so that we can make this year a special holiday for everyone in our city,” Deans told the hundreds of people who gathered for the event. Ottawa Food Bank executive director Peter Tilley said many programs like the Ottawa Food Bank are feeding thousands of families and individuals, taking some of their worries off the table by providing them with a meal during this critical time of the year.





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Launch of the Fresh Food Revolution On November 22nd, the Kanata Food Cupboard, launched the Fresh Food Revolution. Some of the attendees included Kanata councillors Allan Hubley and Marianne Wilkinson and Dr. Isra Levy, Medical Officer of Health, of Ottawa Public Health. What is the Fresh Food Revolution? The Kanata Food Cupboard has made some exciting changes to the way they serve residents by having dramatically transformed their premises into a grocery store-style format to better serve those in need. Clients will now be able to make their selection based on their needs, and the food restrictions and preferences of their family, rather than being given a predetermined hamper of foods. In the

coming months, in addition to the current dry goods, the Kanata Food Cupboard will also be offering fresh meat, milk, vegetables and fruit products to their clients. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) supports this innovative approach since lack of nutritious foods can result in poor birth outcomes, reduced learning and productivity and increased chronic disease. As part of the Healthy Eating, Active Living Strategy OPH strives to make healthy nutritious foods a part of every resident’s diet no matter where they live or how much money they have. Learning good food skills are an important part of healthy eating, therefore, OPH Community Food Advisors were on hand

to demonstrate how to prepare simple and nutritious recipes with common food bank items. For more information on the Healthy Eating, Active Living Strategy, visit ottawa. ca/health or call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with OPH on Facebook and Twitter (@ ottawahealth) for the latest public health information. For more information on the Kanata Food Cupboard, visit kanatafoodcupboard. ca or call 613-836-7847. You can also connect with the Kanata Food Cupboard on Facebook and Twitter (@ KanataFoodCpbrd).

Let’s Talk About Sex Many parents feel anxious about talking to their questions and concerns. their kids about sex, yet, they are a major source of information about sexuality for their children. Don’t know where to start? Here are some tips to help guide during Capitalize on opportunities that come up these very important talks: in everyday life. Talk about a relative’s pregnancy and ask them if they have Talking about sexuality at an early age reflected on the question—where do will make it easier when talking about babies come from? more complex issues when they become Whether you just heard a news report about sexually transmitted infections, teenagers. If your child has not asked you “where watching a love scene with a TV show, or babies come from” by age 6 or 7—bring even listening to provocative lyrics on the it up. Take it slowly, building on topics radio, these can be conversation starters with your teen. It does not matter how you have already discussed. If your teen has not asked you about sex— you bring it up—it just matters that you bring it up with them. Do not expect that let your teen know that you are willing to everything will be covered in one “talk” talk about it. as it may take more than one conversation before you are both comfortable discussing the subject. What is most important is that Use proper vocabulary when referring your teen feels they can come to you with to body parts. Along with learning the correct terms, your child will learn that

Make the most of teachable moments

Start early

Use “real” words

these are not “dirty” words and that it’s ok to ask questions.

Clarify questions

When your child or teen comes to you with a question, clarify what it is they are asking. When a child asks where they came from, they might simply be asking in which city they were born. Keep in mind that many of their questions are really “am I normal?” in disguise. You don’t have to know all the answers, and it’s ok to say that you do not know. Suggest that you and your child find the answer together.

Share your values— don’t lecture or preach

Listen and respect your child’s ideas. Ask them what they think about it. Share your experiences and thoughts about the subject at hand. Don’t impose your values; share them by putting them in context.

For more information on talking about sexuality, contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 (TTY:613-580-6744) or visit our website, You can also connect with OPH on Twitter (@ophsexhealth) for the latest public health information.


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Public board trustees need to be help, not hindrance


rustees of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board were wrong to ratify an agreement with secondary school teachers despite the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rejection of the deal, as it sets the stage for further conflict in the ongoing labour dispute. Things are messy enough following a planned one-day strike by public elementary school teachers this week. But the approval of the agreement by the trustees after the

minister of education rejected it only added to the chaos. As board chairwoman Jennifer McKenzie said in a statement following a Dec. 4 meeting to ratify the deal, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best way to solve a problem is to have the parties directly involved sit down and work together to find a solution. This agreement was locally negotiated; it has not been revised.â&#x20AC;? Why take this position? Why pick a fight with the ministry? The board could

have simply sought to work with the federation on the issues identified by the minister. If the federation rejected this approach as they rejected the ministerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intervention in the first place, the board rightly could have washed its hands of the matter. Now, Ottawa has a public board that openly disagrees with the province, which will only serve to delay the prospect of a working agreement even longer. The province has laid out

its position. If the federation wishes to reject that position, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s its prerogative. It is not the place of the trustees to reject the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position or chastise it for rejecting its â&#x20AC;&#x153;locally negotiatedâ&#x20AC;? solution. The ability to achieve that end went out the window the moment the province passed Bill 115, which laid out a number of terms the province required in order to accept any collective agreement reached across Ontario. The issue has become

political on a scale that is beyond the scope of local boards. Indeed the two parties holding the most seats at Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park, the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives, worked to pass the bill in a minority legislature. The PCs in fact sought to include tougher language and have made it clear such terms would be the case if they were in power. Given the tumult in Ontario politics at the moment, it is presumptuous of the board to

assume they can get the provincial government to change its tune on collective agreements at this point in time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Liberals simply arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in any position to budge. One thing is certain, however: most Ontarians want the education labour disputes settled and the sooner the better. By placing itself between the ministry of education and the teachers, Ottawa public board trustees have only served to delay the achievement of that goal.


A little laughter can go a long way CHARLES GORDON Funny Town


o one talks about nuclear disarmament any more, but they were talking about it over dinner at a local hotel the other night. Not only that, but they were laughing their heads off. This was because of Murray Thomson, one of those unsung heroes in our community. This night he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, because he is turning 90. More than a 100 people came out to celebrate and in addition to talk of nuclear disarmament, there was live country music and the pleasing spectacle of the guest of honor squeaking out These Foolish Things on a violin. It was not a solemn occasion, yet it took place in front of a crowd that is often solemn to a fault. No wonder: the many problems of the world can anger you and make you sad. Thomson, however, is of a generation that took the issues, not themselves, seriously. They worked hard, but they laughed and had fun. There is no space here for a complete resumĂŠ. Thomson worked in Southeast Asia for CUSO, was involved in Project Ploughshares, was one of the founders of Peace Fund Canada and the Group of 78. To all of them he brought boundless energy, optimistic spirit and a readiness to talk baseball. He holds the Pearson Peace Medal and the Order of Canada. At our table there was a discussion about whether there is, in upcoming generations, a group of people who can carry on the same work with the same spirit. Because in addition to the willingness to work hard for little in the way financial reward and public recognition, you need patience, optimism, faith in your fellow humans and a sense of humor.

Making the world a better place has been fun for people like Murray Thomson, but for too many others it has been an exercise in negativity, born mostly out of hatred for those in power. That has led to a lot of rock-throwing, no small amount of teargas and very little positive change. Yet there is a sense that todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s younger generation might contain some who have the necessary qualities, who might be ready to take on issues of world poverty and poverty at home without being financially rewarded for it, who might be willing to be the only people in their city talking about nuclear disarmament, who could become happy warriors for change. They study these issues in university. Their ease with the Internet puts them in touch with others of like mind. They can organize in a hurry. They have an impulse to help others. True, there is a tendency right now for some people to think they are taking effective action because they set up a Facebook page. But they can learn where they can do the most good. One of Murray Thomsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sustaining beliefs, one that all people must have if they choose his line of work, is the notion that ordinary people have and can use power effectively. To this effect he told his favourite joke about a rich and powerful man who goes into a restaurant. The waiter brings a roll and one pat of butter. The man asks for two pats of butter. The waiter politely refuses citing restaurant policy. The angry customer says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you know who I am?â&#x20AC;? The waiter says no. The customer says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a United States senator, chairman of the defence committee, holder of three university degrees and a former NFL football player.â&#x20AC;? The waiter says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you know who I am?â&#x20AC;? The customer says no. The waiter says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the guy with the butter.â&#x20AC;? The message is clear: they may think they have the power, but we have the butter. Unsaid is another message: to fight the power it helps to be able to laugh.

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BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse com in March. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an idea thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been brewing in her head for some time. Like most of us, she attempts to juggle work, life and kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five or six days a week, it seems perfectly manage-

The reality is that even on a Monday in February I find the mall overstimulating. The lights, the noise, the synthetics. able,â&#x20AC;? says Richards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tend to think as long as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m balanced I can handle a lot. But every once in a while, the cup spilleth over and at those times an invitation to a dinner party can put me over the edge.â&#x20AC;? A stickler for etiquette, Richards likes gift-giving and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action-oriented, but she admits that life often gets in the way of a leisurely afternoon perusing boutiques in Westboro or the Glebe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have thoughtful intentions, but I tend not to be able to execute them,â&#x20AC;? says Richards. With, Richards has created a portal of

gift boutiques. The company has so far partnered with 50 locallyowned Ottawa businesses to provide a range of gifts for various occasions, from bottles of wine to jewellery, even experiences for things like birthday parties and home-staging. For $6.95, gifts can be delivered anywhere in the Ottawa area within 24 hours. The website has also partnered with local etiquette expert Cecilia Pita, owner of Savoir-Faire, to blog about gift-giving etiquette. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Etiquette is a big part of gifting,â&#x20AC;? says Richards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people are completely unaware that you should bring a hostess gift when you go to someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house for dinner. And other portions of etiquette have gone off the rails. Like you buy a hostess gift and then the hostess gives you a thank you card, and then you say thank you for the thank you card.â&#x20AC;? Tips on societal norms around gift-giving and a selection of local vendors at my fingertips? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more value in that $6.95 than just the courier fee. Not to mention I may never have to set foot in the mall again.

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have a hard and fast rule about Christmas shopping: as soon as Dec. 1 hits, I steer clear of the mall. You may misinterpret that to mean I am incredibly organized and get all my Christmas shopping done before December. Not at all. Most of the time, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m caught off-guard by the holidays, ordering last-minute, printable gift cards online and purchasing stocking stuffers at the corner store. The reality is that even on a Monday in February I find the mall over-stimulating. The lights, the noise, the synthetics. Ten minutes of walking through the concourse and I come over in a sweat, my throat dries out and I start to get a little panicky. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a phobia of movie theatres or crowds. I love perusing the Byward Market building on a Saturday. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even mind department stores all that much. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something about the mall that irks me. I tend to avoid the mall when I can. But then there are times when etiquette trumps convenience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in other words, when I have to buy someone a gift. Sure there are plenty of online retailers and lovely perusable neighbourhoods in Ottawa, but as someone who always buys on deadline â&#x20AC;&#x201C; needing a hostess gift for a dinner party that very evening â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m often not wellpositioned to trek across town or wait three or four days for delivery. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for this reason that I was happy to learn about a new Ottawa-based business called The online gift concierge was designed for people like me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; busy, disorganized, sentimental and a teeny bit neurotic. A busy working motherof-three, Susan Richards and her business partner Craig Hung launched Givopoly.

EMC news - Football and soccer fans in Ottawa can submit their choices for the names of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Canadian Football League and North American Soccer League teams. In a release, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group announced on Dec. 6 it was launching a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Name Our Teamsâ&#x20AC;? campaign. The official team nicknames will be announced early next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting to finally be out

of the gate with the campaign to name our soccer and football teams,â&#x20AC;? said Jeff Hunt, president of the group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the last several months Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve received hundreds of name suggestions from fans and non-fans, many of them of them very interesting possibilities and now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to document those ideas and make decisions.â&#x20AC;? John Pugh, president of the Ottawa NASL soccer team added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal is to choose team names that have widespread appeal to all age groups and then develop logos and



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Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #1 Ranked Soccer Club

OSU dreams do come true at Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Junior Soccer Showcase Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Junior Soccer Showcase offers younger age groups the chance to experience the same great national competition and top-notch tournament organization as their older counterparts in the original Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer Showcase. This November, OSU Force Academy 2000 Boys travelled to the sunshine state to put themselves to the test at Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wide World of Sports â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Proving Groundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to compete in the Disney Junior Soccer Showcase. With some of the best teams from across America, the boys were drawn against FC Real Madrid from Miami, Boca United from central Florida and Southern West from Georgia in the group stages. Real Madrid momentarily tripped the boys up with a harsh lesson in gamesmanship and aggression, fielding some very powerful 99 born players and snatching a goal in the last few minutes of the game to win 3-2. However, the OSU boys had done enough to qualify for the knock out round due to some excellent performances in their other games.


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The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health will celebrate the holidays with a big holiday party at the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre on Dec. 18. The celebration will offer fun for the whole family, food and presents handed out by Santa.

Wabano holding holiday celebration EMC news - For the first time ever, the staff from the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health will take part in an annual festive performance this holiday season. The centre’s holiday community concert takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre, located at

300 White Fathers Dr. Spokeswoman for the Wabano center Courtney Powless said it’s a special way for the staff to participate in the annual celebration. “Our staff has a lot of talents and we were looking for an opportunity to share these talents and this was our chance to do it,” she said. Powless will deliver a spoken word poem at the event. The event will include gin-

gerbread houses, craft sales, traditional drumming, photos with Santa Claus and a bake sale to raise money for the new Wabano Mamawi centre. Dinner will also be provided. Everyone is welcome at the free event, but registration is required. To register or for more information about the event contact organizer Cindy Peltier at 613-748-0657, ext. 214 or email her at cpeltier@



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EMC news - The Overbrook Community Association announced it has created a new committee to help organize next year’s annual general meeting. The association held a board of directors meeting on Nov. 29 to discuss the creation of this new committee, the AGM planning committee, as well as name the new 2013 board executive. The community association reaffirmed six of its committees: communications and membership, environment, parks and heritage, finance and fundraising; getting around safely (formally the traffic and safety committee), planning and development, and the special events committees. Board member Peter MacFarlane was named the chairman of the new AGM planning committee. In addition, the board assigned three board members, Sheila Perry, Wendy Dennys and Anne Prowse, to work closely with the Overbrook Community Development Framework, a steering com-

mittee aimed at creating positive change in challenged neighbourhoods. The framework is run out of the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre and the decision to work with the committee, the board stated was to help strengthen the board’s relationship with the project. The board announced its new executive on Dec. 5. Perry was re-elected as president at the annual general meeting on Nov. 15. The remaining executive is former secretary Susan Giles as vice president, former communications committee chairwoman Dennys as secretary and new board member Patrick Venier will take over the treasurer’s position. The announcement included the new 2013 meeting dates. This year the association has prioritized building participation among residents in the community. In the past, the association’s meetings have featured not only internal business such as updates from the treasurer, but information sessions and presentations from the city about upcoming projects, developments and other

concerns in the area. These ambitious agendas would often lead to marathon sessions that left little time for input from residents. In May, the board voted to reformat its meetings in an effort to encourage increased participation by area residents. The new arrangement has meeting types alternate every other month, with board business being discussed one month and information sessions being presented the next. The upcoming board meetings will be held on Jan. 17, March 21, May 16, July 18 and Oct. 17. Association meetings will take place on Feb. 21, April 18, June 20 and Sept. 19. All meetings are open to the public at the Overbrook Community Centre located at 33 Quill St. and take place the second Thursday of the month starting at 7 p.m. The 2013 annual general meeting is scheduled for Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Agendas will be posted on the group’s website at www. a week in advance of every meeting. All residents of Overbrook are considered members of the association and are encouraged to sign up for official notifications and updates online.

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Feds reveal reduced canal hours for 2013 Emma Jackson

River Ward City Councillor Conseillère, quartier Rivière

Ottawa Light Rail Transit – Moving Forward I was honoured to join Mayor Jim Watson, Premier Dalton McGuinty, my City Council colleagues and Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, Royal Galipeau, on December 5, 2012 to announce an exciting milestone regarding the City’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The international consortium known as the Rideau Transit Group was announced as the recipient of the contract to design, build, finance and maintain the City’s LRT system. The construction schedule will see the project substantially complete by the end of 2017 and in service by 2018. Moreover, the Rideau Transit Group has agreed to a fixed price contract of $2.1 billion, which will be partially funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. I encourage you to explore Rideau Transit Group’s designs for the Confederation Line and the project’s construction schedule on the LRT website at or at Ottawa City Hall until December 19, 2012. The staff recommendations were reviewed by the Committee of the Whole on December 12, 2012 and will rise to City Council for approval on December 19, 2012. Taking Measures to Protect Our Assets On Friday, December 7, 2012, I called a technical briefing to provide members of City Council with the results of the Council-directed independent review undertaken by B.M. Ross and Associates regarding the September 4, 2012 Highway 174 storm drainage pipe collapse. This review acts as part of the City’s commitment to residents of Ottawa to ensure that the City does everything in its power to prevent such incidents from occurring. The Root Cause Analysis report of the collapse found that Ottawa’s storm drainage asset management practices are consistent with those of comparable municipalities, and identified five recommendations to improve the City’s practices and to reduce the risk of a reoccurrence of this type of incident. I am pleased that City staff concur with all of the recommendations presented in the B.M. Ross and Associates report and have already taken action to implement these recommendations. The City’s recentlyadopted Comprehensive Asset Management Program is a new, more robust asset management plan that includes a risk-based approach to inspections of important infrastructure. I have asked staff to provide a detailed response to this report at an Environment Committee meeting in early 2013, where my Council colleagues and I will engage in a complete discussion about its findings and recommendations. Refresh On November 30, 2012, the City launched its new website at The new website features four main search categories – Residents, Businesses, Visitors and City Hall – each of which is tailored to the specific segment of the population. Sub-categories such as Older Adults, Families and New Residents further narrow the search, making it easier for residents to find the information and City services relevant to them. The new website demonstrates the City’s ongoing commitment to accountability and transparency by making it easy to find information and programs related to the Corporate Accountability Framework. Users with mobile devices will experience better search functionality and the ability to resize the screen image to suit the device it is being viewed on. The new also provides easier access to E-Post options, allowing resident to view, pay and print their water and tax bills online.

EMC news - Parks Canada has outlined new hours of operations for a reduced Rideau Canal season beginning May 17, 2013. Up to two hours per day have been cut from the spring, summer and fall seasons, and one lock will now operate by appointment only in the spring and fall. The changes come in the wake of a Parks Canada memo in April which outlined the need for drastic changes to the Rideau Canal’s operations to make up for a $29.2 million budget cut. A Parks Canada spokesperson said at the time that locks services at Parks Canada canals have remained virtually unchanged for the past 25 years, while usage has dropped by about a third. During the 2013 spring season from May 17 to June 20, the lockstations along the canal will be open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday to Sunday and holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last year’s spring season ran from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends. This year’s summer season has also been cut. From June 21 to September 2, the canal’s lockstations will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays. In 2012, all days were open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The fall season from September 3 to October 14 has a smaller change, with Monday to Thursday open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends and holidays open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last year’s fall season was open 9:30 a.m. to


The Rideau Canal lockstations will have reduced operating hours beginning May 2013. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday to Monday, except for one week in September that offered evening hours until 7:30 p.m. Beveridges Lock near Perth will operate daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays from May to October, but will run by appointment only in the spring and fall seasons. During those seasons, boaters must pre-book at least fortyeight hours in advance. COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE

Peter Hurst, president of Hurst Marina south of Manotick, said he was happy the hours weren’t cut as much as they could have been. “I would obviously prefer that they didn’t cut it back,

but seeing as they are I’m happy that it’s not more dramatic than it is,” he said, adding that in an economic slump businesses and boaters have to work with what they have. “We’re in tough times as a world and things change. You have to adapt to what it is.” Hurst said it was much more important that Parks Canada maintain the traditional season length from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, which the department confirmed it would do earlier this summer. “That’s what is the most important thing to me, that I can get the big boats up and down the system in the late fall and early spring,” Hurst said. Merrickville mayor Doug Struthers said keeping the season intact was the major sticking point for local representatives and businesses along the

Rideau corridor, who met with Parks Canada earlier this year to voice their concerns. Collaboration and understanding between the two sides won the day, Struthers said. “The important part from my perspective was to meet, discuss, be focused and influence in a positive and constructive manner,” Struthers said. “I’d say we were successful.” With that victory secured, Struthers said it’s up to the business communities along the canal to decide if the reduced hours will work for them. “Parks Canada has stepped forward ... and hopefully what they have rolled out is workable for the businesses,” Struthers said. “It would be incumbent on the private sectors to convey their concerns.”



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Construction is now underway for Riverstone’s newest residence. It will be offering a selection of care alternatives: independent living, residential care and assisted living. The ve-storey development will feature 124 units, including one- and two-bedroom suites, as well as studio suites. Maplewood is scheduled to open June 2013


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Glebe Annex to form community association Development issues identified as top priority Michelle Nash

EMC news - Under pressure to confront several development proposals in their neighbourhood, residents of the Glebe Annex are forming a community association of their own. More than 50 residents attended a meeting about the prospect of forming an association at the Glebe Community Centre on Dec. 4. Glebe Annex resident Sylvia Milne organized the event. “We needed our own association,” Milne said. “There are a few issues with development that need our attention.” The neighbourhood is located to the northwest of the Glebe, bounded by Bronson Avenue to the east and Carling Avenue to the north. In the past, the Glebe Community Association or the Dalhousie Community Association would invite Glebe Annex residents to planning and



development meetings. But after formal discussions held by the Glebe association about incorporating the annex, things began to change. Milne had read a report about the potential move and said she wondered where the Glebe Annex was. “After realizing I was living right in the middle of the Glebe Annex, I contacted Lynn (Barlow) to talk to her about the issue and during our discussion Lynn said it would be good for the area to have representation and I decided she was right,” Milne said. She received more than 25 emails in response to a notice in a local newspaper, all from people offering their help to get the association going. Milne and two other interested residents, Sue Stefko and Peggy Kampouris, will launch the association in the new year. Milne said it was the ongoing pressure of developers in the area that sparked interest among residents. “Both the GCA (Glebe Community Association) and the Dalhousie Community Association have been around longer and the idea to join them may have made sense, but to have your own voice is

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really important when it comes to development issues in your neighbourhood,” she said. “The more people you can get to participate the better.” Right now the numbers are small, but Milne, Stefko and Kampouris will pool their resources together to extend their reach in the community. “There is a lot of work to do, but it is exciting,” Milne said. First on the agenda will be creating a planning and development committee. Milne is prepared for the work, having previous experience as an active member of the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association before moving to the Glebe Annex 12 years ago. Barlow said the Glebe association is very supportive of their plan. “We are looking forward to working with them in the future,” Barlow said. “At the moment we already have a member on the parks committee representing Dalhousie South Park area.” Milne said Barlow’s support, as well as the other associations has been incredibly helpful. The association is planning on creating a website and flyers to attract more members.

EMC news - For the past three months, Strathcona Heights youth have been making awesome art. On Dec. 13 these children will have a chance to showcase their new talents at this year’s Awesome Arts Festival. The Awesome Arts festival begins at 6 p.m. at Viscount Alexander Public School. The festival is the direct result of the three-month program of the same name held in Sandy Hill and is a chance for the children, aged five to 18, to share theatre skits, drumming, stop-motion animation videos and slam poetry. Micheline Shoebridge, program manager for the Awesome Arts program, said the goal of the event is to engage and captivate youth on world

issues in a dynamic way. “It is a rewarding program where the end results are not only empowering to the children and youth, but offer unique and thought-provoking performances to the general public at this fun, free festival,” she said. The children are the main attraction and according to Shoebridge, the youth will focus on issues such as bullying, recycling, literacy and global warming in their performances. Gerald Dragon, the youth engagement worker for the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, worked with the youth and One World Arts throughout the program and said the children really began to look forward to the weekly workshops. “They have been working really hard and learning a lot

in their respective workshops to prepare for the Awesome Arts Festival,” Dragon said. “This is going to be an event that you don’t want to miss.” Slam poet Jamaal Rogers will emcee the event. Beatboxer Julia Dales and Triple A, drumming group Baobab Performers and hip-hop dancers led by Yvon Soglo will all perform during the festival. The 2012 One World Awesome Arts program and festival is offered in partnership with the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and is funded by the United Way. One World Arts is sponsored through the city, the Ontario Arts Council, Salamander Theatre, Carbon Computing and Henry’s. The free event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Performances from the Strathcona Heights children will begin at 6 p.m.

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EMC news - When the house at 43 Blackburn Ave. went on the market, Sandy Hill resident Leanne Moussa got excited. The co-operative nursery school she sends her children to needs to relocate and the prospect of finding another space in the neighbourhood were grim. In Moussa’s mind the old carriage house on Blackburn with its large, open rooms and equally large yard was a perfect space for the nursery school. So Moussa did the only thing she could think of: she rallied her neighbours to help purchase the home. Moussa created SHO Developments Ltd. offering interested residents the opportunity to buy into the $1.4-million project at $35,000 per share. On Nov. 30, after a month of hard work, Moussa and 14 fellow shareholders took possession of the old carriage house, originally built in 1867. “It is just so serendipitous the way this has worked out,” Moussa said. “It’s important to have daycare in the area and this house is only a block away from where we were.” The mother of three said she was surprised by the amount of support she received during the first stage of the project and once keys were in hand, the group celebrated the new venture. “It was such a shared experience,” Moussa said. “We as neighbours own this place. It really gives us a strong sense of community.” The house was owned by

Betty Ellis and when she died her family put the home up for sale. Ellis was a long-time friend the founder of the nursery school, Bettye Hyde. Members of the Ellis family attended the party on Nov. 30 and brought the shareholders a gift: a history of the home and some magazine clippings that featured their mother’s decorating style. At the event, Ellis’s daughter said she couldn’t think of anything better than to have her mother’s home filled with laughing children. Moussa plans to honour the former owners by finding a spot for the clippings and history of the home in the new daycare. As homeowners, the shareholders have some hurdles ahead. The co-operative nursery school, which offers morning, afternoon and afterschool programming, will have to apply for a full daycare licence. The home they purchased needs around $400,000 in upgrades and renovations and will have to be rezoned for commercial use. But so far Moussa said they have been flying over the hurdles. The main floor of the home will become the daycare, with the nursery school as tenant. The second floor will be renovated, adding a separate entrance for a group practice for child and family practitioners. Both tenants plan to sign five-year leases. A resident of Sandy Hill for the past eight years, Moussa said this project has brought her much closer to her com-

munity. “Over the next months I will continue to meet with the neighbours to discuss the project,” she said. The goal is to have renovations complete and the daycare open by September. For more information about the daycare project contact Moussa at leannemoussa@ Moussa isn’t the only Sandy Hill resident investing in the community, however. When a home went up for sale on Action Sandy Hill president Christopher Collmorgen’s street, he and a few other residents purchased it. They plan to renovate the home for student housing. The company is called Community Investing in Community and intends to focus on the goals and concerns of residents. “I see the value in a dollar and that if you squeeze in another bedroom or unit the amount of profit you can make, but it is about doing it right,” Collmorgen said. “The company is still going to make a profit on the property. It might just not be double or triple, but the profit is still there.” The ultimate goal, he adds, would be for developers to approach the community first. Some do, Collmorgen said, but for the most part they must be chased down afterwards. “The only ones that can fix their (developers’) reputation is themselves,” he said. “You have no idea how far it goes with a community to approach us first.” Collmorgen said the type of development projects residents are becoming involved in shows just how much people can care about the future of its neighbourhood.



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ST. GEORGE’S Catholic Church 415 Piccadilly Ave. (near Island Park) 613-728-0201

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Season of Advent (Dec.2-24)


Join us Sundays at 10:30 7275 Parkway Rd. Greely, ON 613-821-1056

Watch & Pray Ministry Worship services Sundays at 10:30 a.m.


Sunday Masses Sat., at 5pm., Sun., at 8:30am. & 10:30am. Weekday Mass 9am. (Mon. to Sat. inclusive) Parish Penitential Service Monday, Dec. 10th, at 7:30pm. Special Advent Service “Remembering Our Loved Ones at Christmas Time” Thurs., Dec. 13th, at 7:30pm. We invite anyone who is grieving to come

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St Aidan’s Anglican Church Service Time: Sundays at 10:30 AM Location: St. Thomas More Catholic School, 1620 Blohm Drive


Sunday worship - Holy Eucharist 8:00 am & 10:30 am 10:30 am - Play Area for Under 5 Christmas Eve at 7:30pm - Holy Eucharist Christmas Day at 10:30am - Holy Eucharist 934 Hamlet Road (near St Laurent & Smyth) 613 733 0102 –

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Our area houses of worship invite you to rejoice this Christmas season with praise, reflection, song and prayer. Their doors are always open, so please join them in celebrating the true meaning of the season.

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Dec. 2 White Gift Sunday 10:00 am Dec. 9 Family Christmas party and potluck 4:00 pm Dec. 16 Children’s Musical: The Journey 10:00 am Dec. 23 Lessons and Carols service 10:00 am Dec. 24 Christmas Pageant 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm Christmas Eve Candelight and Communion Service 10:00 pm Dec. 30 Informal Service 10:00 am

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December 17th through 23rd: 5:30 pm Contemplative Vespers

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Anglican Church of Canada


City View United Church

December 24th: Family Christmas Service 4 pm Carol Singing 9:30 pm Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist 10 pm December 25th Choral Eucharist 10 am “All are welcome without exception”



Join us for a Special Evening with : Knox Choir and Worship Team

Worship - Sundays @ 6:00 p.m.

43 Meadowlands Dr. W. Ottawa


Pastor: Rev. Kelly Graham Knox church office: 613-692-4228


5533 Dickinson St., Manock, ON

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December Highlights

All are welcome to come hear the good news in a spiritually uplifting mix of traditional and forward looking Christian worship led by the Reverend Richard Vroom with Sunday morning services at 8:30 and 10.

6 Epworth Avenue, Nepean (613) 224-1021 Ministers: Rev. Neil Wallace Margie Ann MacDonald

Sunday Worship 10:30 am Choir Candlelight Service Dec 16th – 7:00 pm Christmas Eve – Dec. 24th - 7:00pm

760 Somerset West



Heaven’s Gate Chapel

Sunday Services: 8am and 10am Thursday Eucharist: 10am Nearly New Shop/Book Nook Open Thursday, Fridays 1pm - 3:30pm and first Saturday of each month: 10am - Noon 8 Withrow Avenue 613-224-7178


The Redeemed Christian Church of God

Ministry: Rev. Andrew Jensen, BA, MDiv 25 Gibbard Ave., Ottawa, Ont. K2G 3T9 Near Knoxdale & Greenbank (613) 829-2266 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. (Nursery Available) Tuesday Craft Group: 9:00 a.m. Youth Group: every second Sunday evening


A warm welcome awaits you For Information Call 613-224-8507


with Rev. Dean Noakes Sundays at 11am 414 Pleasant Park Road 613 733-4886


Sunday December 16th, 7pm


St. Richard’s Anglican Church

Pleasant Park Baptist KNOX UNITED CHURCH Welcomes You Invites you to our worship service

Emmanuel Celebrang Heaven’s Child

Venez-vous joindre à nous (Située au coin du boul. Breadner et Pvt. Deniverville)




Refreshments / fellowship following service (613)733-7735

Dec. 16th - Advent III: And we’re gonna sing: Sweet Glory Hallelujah!

Service protestant avec l’école du dimanche 09:30 Messe Catholique romaine avec la liturgie pour enfants 11:15

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meets every Sunday at The Old Forge Community Resource Centre 2730 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2B 7J1

Sunday Worship at 11:00am

Sunday Service 10am Nursery and Church School provided

Les Services de l’aumônerie des Forces canadiennes Services du dimanche de la chapelle militaire

The Canadian Forces Chaplain Services Military Chapel Sunday Services

The West Ottawa Church of Christ

3191 Riverside Dr (at Walkley)

“A friendly church with a warm welcome”

429 Parkdale at Gladstone Ministers Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey Barbara Faught - Pastoral Care Melodee Lovering - Youth and Children Worship Service - 10:30 am 613-728-8656 Sunday School for all ages Nursery Available


Riverside United Church

Tel: (613) 276-5481; (613) 440-5481 1893 Baseline Rd., Ottawa (2nd Floor) Sunday Service 10.30am – 12.30pm Bible study / Night Vigil: Friday 10.00pm – 1.00am Website: E-mail:


Protestant Worship with Sunday School 09:30 Roman Catholic Mass with Children’s Liturgy 11:15

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NOT YOUR AVERAGE ANGLICANS St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church 2112 Bel-Air Drive (613) 224 0526 Join us for regular services Beginning September 9 – Sundays at 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Church school and youth group Rector: Rev. Dr. Linda Privitera – Everyone welcome – Come as you are –

at l’église Ste-Anne Welcomes you to the traditional Latin Mass Sunday Masses: 8:30 a.m. Low Mass 10:30 a.m. High Mass (with Gregorian chant) 6:30 p.m. Low Mass For the Mass times please see 528 Old St. Patrick St. Ottawa ON K1N 5L5 (613) 565.9656

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Parkdale United Church

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St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

Sunday Worship - 10:00 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School Minister: James T. Hurd Everyone Welcome

1584 John Quinn Road Greely ON K4P 1J9 613-821-2237

St. Clement Church/Paroisse St. Clément

10 Chesterton Drive, Ottawa (Meadowlands and Chesterton) Tel: 613-225-6648

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ALL WELCOME Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The Salvation Army Community Church Meeting at St. Andrew School 201 Crestway Dr. 613-440-7555 Barrhaven


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Minister - Rev. William Ball Organist - Alan Thomas Nusery & Sunday School, Loop audio, Wheelchair access


Sunday Services Worship Service10:30am Sundays Prayer Circle Tuesday at 11:30 10:30 a.m. Rev. James Murray


Dominion-Chalmers United Church

Worship 10:30 Sundays


Join us for worship, fellowship & music Nursery, children and youth ministries Sunday Service at 10:30 am Rev. Kathryn Peate


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LiveWorkPlay volunteer gets Community Builder Award Steph Willems


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EMC news - When she showed up at LiveWorkPlayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Family Feast on Friday evening, volunteer FĂŠlice Miranda wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expecting to take the stage to accept an award. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what happened. Mirandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s years of volunteer service and advocacy were recognized with a United Way Community Builder Award, presented to her by CBC News producer and United Way Campaign cochairwoman Karen Soloman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We recognize people who have made great contributions to out city,â&#x20AC;? said Soloman, speaking at the appreciation dinner held at the St. Anthony Soccer Club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are individuals, organizations or groups who have truly demonstrated their ability to give, speak up and take action.â&#x20AC;? Miranda has been recognized as a top contributor by LiveWorkPlay, a charitable organization for people with intellectual disabilities, and has always made time to advocate and assist both it and the United Way. Mirandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter benefited from LiveWorkPlay and her mother soon decided to repay the kindness in any way she could. Soloman remarked that Miranda always brings an infectious energy and good humour to her volunteering.

The time spent volunteering is impressive, she noted, as Mirandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time is split between work, volunteering, teaching laughter yoga and serving as secretary for the Barrhaven Toastmasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club. Clearly surprised by the award and somewhat hesitant to make a formal speech, Miranda was egged on by friends and colleagues to take to the mic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do what I do to help people and I thank my daughter Gillian for being the person that she is,â&#x20AC;? said Miranda. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are so many other (volunteers) who so much, but thank you so much for this. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m shocked.â&#x20AC;? Keenan Wellar, co-founder of LiveWorkPlay, spoke highly of Mirandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service to the organization over the past several years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got to know FĂŠlice because her daughter Gillian was with us for about 10 years now, since she was a teenager in high school,â&#x20AC;? said Wellar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She went though a lot of struggles, we helped her out and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s living on her own in the community now and has a good life.â&#x20AC;? Wellar said the enthusiasm and emotional energy Miranda exhibited during her volunteering at LiveWorkPlay make her a huge hit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew right away at the first time we spoke together that this was ideal,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was fresh and exciting in speaking to audiences.â&#x20AC;?


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Ban all pools from home daycares: jury Inquest into Orléans toddler’s death leads to 16 recommendations Brier Dodge


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Jérémie’s life was taken too soon, which is why the Audette family will stay involved (in promoting safety). We hope that Jérémie’s inquest will serve as a valuable life lesson to the public on daycare and water safety. ALAIN AUDETTE, FATHER

Following the address to the jury, Audette said he felt satisfied that he and wife Melanie had been given ample input into the proposed recommendations. He said there should be an emphasis on non-pool water play for children in daycares, such as sprinklers and splash pads. At the end of the day, the reason for Jérémie’s death fell to supervisory ratios, Audette said. The recommendations officially made by the jury included banning swimming pools, including wading pools, at any private home daycare, matching the ratio of adults to children at both licensed and

unlicensed daycares, and requiring all unlicensed daycares to register with the provincial Ministry of Education. Currently, licensed daycare providers must include their own children in total children being cared for, with a cap of five. In unlicensed daycares, the provider’s own children aren’t counted in the five allowed. Jérémie was in the care of an unlicensed daycare provider who was visiting the home of another unlicensed provider when the accident happened. Audette said that daycares should all need to register and be regulated businesses. The jury also recommended that all pools in the province be completely enclosed, with walls with windows and entrances excluded from counting as enclosed. Jurors heard from the city’s lawyer that city council paused discussions on proposed amendments to pool enclosure bylaws until the jury issued their recommendations on the topic. In an inquest, the jury is not asked to find fault or hint at any criminal charges, but to make recommendations to prevent similar deaths from happening. “We speak for the dead to protect the living,” coroner Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion said to the jury. “We ask you now to speak for Jérémie Audette.” With files from Alex Boutilier, Metro Ottawa



Eight managers from the OLG Slots at the Rideau Carleton Raceway spend the day at Osgoode Township Care Centre baking cookies, decorating Christmas trees and visiting residents as part of the annual Community Action program organized by the United Way on Dec. 6. This was the first year the OLG staff helped at the care centre, and general manager Damien DeRoux, left, said it was a great day. ‘How can you get any better than this, spreading some Christmas cheer?’ he said. The employees live across rural Ottawa and area, from Barrhaven to Kemptville.

EMC news Jérémie Audette’s death could have been prevented. Following a coroner’s inquest, a five-person jury made 16 recommendations to prevent future accidents. Jérémie drowned in 2010 in a pool at an unlicensed daycare facility in Orléans. On Dec. 4, Vivian Lee Stewart, Crown counsel, gave the jury a long list of recommendations to consider, put together with input from the Audette family. The Crown suggested a review of the Day Nurseries Act, which governs many aspects of daycares and home-based childcare to include rules surrounding registration and water play. It also gave suggestions for municipalities regarding pool enclosures, and for realtors to provide information on pool safety. The jury was then given time to deliberate, after hearing from a number of witnesses from the day of Jérémie’s death and experts from a variety of fields. “It wasn’t easy to relive Jérémie’s tragedy,” said his father, Alain Audette, in a Dec. 4 address to the jury. “Jérémie’s life was taken too soon, which is why the Audette family will stay involved (in promoting safety). We hope that Jérémie’s inquest will serve as a valuable life lesson to the public on daycare and water safety.” He said the family hoped

“achievable and realistic recommendations would be implemented.”


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Miniature enthusiasts talk teeny, tiny treasures Centretown-based club is all about getting down to details Michelle Nash

EMC news - Sometimes it can be the littlest thing that brings strangers together. The Miniature Enthusiasts of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst meeting was held in founder Harriet Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s living room in 1978. Farmer said she started the club because similar clubs existed in Toronto and Montreal, but not in eastern Ontario. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved playing within miniatures and thought it would be fun to have our own club in Ottawa,â&#x20AC;? Farmer said. The Miniature Enthusiasts of Ottawa held its annual Christmas party on Dec. 5, with the likes of Santa Claus himself turning out for the festivities.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is something fascinating about things that are small ... and the smaller things are the more fascinating.â&#x20AC;? GAYLE BAILLARGEON

The group welcomes dollhouse enthusiasts, craftspeople and collectors to the McNabb Community Centre once a month to discuss the latest trends and techniques, allowing members the chance to show off their latest crafts or ďŹ nds and most importantly, have the opportunity to talk to like-minded people about their love for everything miniature. Farmer, an Elmvale Acres resident, advertised the ďŹ rst club meeting in the local

newspaper and at the time thought maybe three people would show up to her home. The next day she had more than 25 messages inquiring about the meeting. Over the years, the club quickly outgrew Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home. At one time, more than 80 members were attending the meetings. These days the club has about 50 members and they have been gathering at the McNabb Community Centre in Centretown for more than 25 years. Members come from across Ottawa and from as far away as Kingston to attend the meetings. Farmer has held the position of president on and off over the past 33 years, ďŹ nishing up her latest three-year stint in June after long-time member Gayle Baillargeon was named as the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new head. When Baillargeon ďŹ rst joined, she said playing with and decorating dollhouses was only a hobby. Now she runs an online miniatures business, Petworth Miniatures, from her home in Winchester that selling dollhouse furniture kits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is something fascinating about things that are small,â&#x20AC;? Baillargeon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and the smaller things are the more fascinating.â&#x20AC;? When it comes to why she loves dollhouses and creating furniture for them it is all about the details. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is literally the little things. The rooms tend to be over-cluttered and the detail makes the room more alive.â&#x20AC;? Farmer said when people walk into her home they tend to ask how old her granddaughter is, as nearly all available space in her home

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Centretown resident Steve Reid shows off his latest craft at the Miniature Enthusiasts of Ottawa meeting on Dec. 5. Reid turned an old metronome into a small Christmas music box. is ďŹ lled with something to do with the craft. Other members own more than one dollhouse, with some having 50 or more different types in their homes. Farmer said for her, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about having the opportunity to decorate a home any way she wants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love art deco, but I would never have any art deco in my own home,â&#x20AC;? Farmer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a dollhouse, you can have that.â&#x20AC;? The group hosts one meeting and two workshops each month. The agenda is simple, involving a show and tell seg-

ment and sometimes a craft to build as a group. There are always refreshments and in general, it feels more like a party than a serious association. Baillargeon and Farmer said it is all about sharing and having fun. The December meeting is always a craft meeting, the president said. This time the group made a miniature box of cupcakes, in complete detail down to the sparkles on top. Farmer said over the years she has watched a lot of the members grow from hobbyist

to what Farmer described as world-class artisans. The show and tell allows members to bring items they have made, placing them on the stage to show other members their craft. Centretown resident Steve Reidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s item was an old metronome he turned into a holiday music box. Reid painted a tiny Christmas tree and surrounded the tree with small presents including a toy dollhouse and toys he built by hand. Reid said he enjoys learning from the workshops. The Ottawa group will host

the annual provincial miniatures enthusiasts convention in Gananoque, Ont., in April 2013. Baillargeon said those conventions are all about having fun and learning more about the craft, members love. The group meets the ďŹ rst Wednesday of each month in Centretown at the McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy St. at 7:45 p.m. in the assembly hall. New members and guests are always welcome. The cost to join is $20 for an annual membership, which covers refreshments and some small craft items.






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Open wide Jorja Adams, 4, left, and little brother Bryce Adams, 3, got a Christmas treat on Dec. 8 as they enjoy pancakes and maple syrup. Jorja, who wants a toy pony for Christmas, and Bryce, who wants a Spiderman action figure, were at Coun. Tim Tierney’s Beacon Hill-Cyrville pancake breakfast. The free breakfast was sponsored by Enbridge gas at John Paul II Elementary School in Gloucester.

City paves the way for Dickinson Square revitalization Laura Mueller

EMC - At least one Manotick developer already has plans for redeveloping Dickinson Square in his sightline. Joe Princiotta, a local resident and developer who is building a new senior’s residence on Bridge Street north of Dickinson Square, came to a city hall meeting on Dec. 6 to announce that yes, he does intend to make a pitch to redevelop at least part of the cityowned lands. Manotick residents who have an interest in the site say it will be critical that developers are sensitive to the site’s heritage. “It’s the heart and soul, not just of the village, but of the region,” said longtime Manotick resident Don Slack, chairman of the board of Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS), which uses one of the historic buildings as its office. The stage for redevelopment is set following the agriculture and rural affairs

committee’s Dec. 6 to approval to loosen zoning rules for properties the city owns in the historic square. The site is home to three heritage buildings – Dickinson House, the Ayers Building and the carriage house – that currently house community groups, and an adjacent vacant home. If city council gives the changes the final seal of approval on Dec. 19, constructing new buildings would be allowed and the types of businesses and uses on the site would expand. “Anything we did today and any changes we made are about enhancing the square,” said Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt. “And also, being consistent with what the community wants. There were many people who said they’d love to see a brew pub-type establishment in the square, but we didn’t have zoning for that.” With the changes, the city is preparing to sell or lease parts of the properties for redevelopment. That process won’t begin until the city issues a call for developers in-

terested in the site. Princiotta is first in line, but he isn’t the only business person who has expressed interest in doing something with the property, Moffatt said. There are three separate addresses that the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation will determine the future of: 1127 and 1128 Mill St. and 1125 Clapp Ln. The corporation could decide to sell or lease any or all of those properties. The focus for redevelopers will be on the property at 1125 Clapp Ln., which is occupied by a vacant house that has no heritage designation. The city originally proposed increasing the allowable building height from 11 metres tall to 13.5 m, but after strong community objection, a compromise of 12 m was settled upon. Princiotta hinted he’d be interested in putting a building with ground-floor retail and residential units above, and other commercial uses such as offices are now allowed. No decision to sell or lease the property would be made until residents have a chance

to see exactly what a developer is proposing for the sites, Moffatt said. “The community is going to be involved every step of the way,” he added. COMMUNITY CONSORTIUM?

The centrepiece of the property is the historic home of Moss Kent Dickinson, the first resident of Manotick and mayor of Ottawa from 1864 to 1866. The house’s grounds are also home to the carriage shed, which is used as space to support Watson’s Mill across the street; the Weaver House, which is currently unused; and ROSSS’s office in the Ayers Building on the other side of Mill Street. During the Dec. 6 meeting, Manotick Community Association president Klaus Belzner made a pitch for the community groups that have an interest in the historic buildings to pool resources and align their plans in order to present a cohesive pitch to the site’s operating board.

“The journey has just begun,” he said. “I think this is actually helping the community and the village by giving them an opportunity to work together.” The Rideau Township Historical Society operates the Dickinson House museum and would like to continue to do so, said board member Maureen McPhee. The society would be on board with discussions about aligning plans, she said. The changes in zoning will actually help the society continue operating the museum by providing revenue-generating opportunities such as the option of adding a heritagestyle ice cream parlour to the side, McPhee said. ROSSS’s Ayers House office is bursting at the seams, Slack said, so the group appreciates that the new zoning could allow them to build an addition on the house. He sees the changes as positive for ROSSS; however, he acknowledges that it could also result in the organization being evicted and having to find a new home if the city wants

to sell the property. The possibility of moving into a new office that could be built on the Clapp Lane site is also enticing, Slack said. SECONDARY PLAN

Responding to criticism that the rezoning should have been done at the same time as a new secondary plan for the village, Moffatt said it’s unlikely any redevelopment at Dickinson Square would even begin before a secondary plan update is completed. “There are a lot of people who have waited long enough,” Moffatt said. “People who are heavily involved want to know what’s happening with the square. Uncertainty is the worst thing. “I think what we want to do with the secondary plan is to take our focus with the square – the uses, the architectural design guidelines – and expand it out to the rest of the core,” Moffatt said. The secondary plan update is expected to get underway at some point in 2013.


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Home sweet gingerbread homes in Old Ottawa East Workshop lets kids, parents make tasty holiday creations Michelle Nash

EMC community - Homes in Old Ottawa East will be a little sweeter this holiday season when the Make Your Own Gingerbread House workshop comes to town. Organized by the neighbourhood’s Community Activities Group, the event takes place on Dec. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Cres. “Frankly it’s a candy buffet for kids,” said Carol Workun, executive director for the group. The cost of the workshop is $25 per gingerbread house to attend.

All the gingerbread house pieces are prepared in advance by Heidi Laing, who runs home economics classes out of her Old Ottawa East residence. “I live in Old Ottawa East and I love being involved in my community however I can,” Laing said. “The gingerbread workshop is especially fun – Christmas, kids, candy – it doesn’t get much better than that, right?” All the building supplies are included in the admission price, including icing, candy and the gingerbread. Laing bakes and pre-builds the house forms for the children, but parents are able to get elbow deep in icing too, leaving the little ones to add the decorations. Workun said it is basically a free-for-all for the children to eat too much sugar. This will be the second year the activities group will host the event, with last year’s event selling out. She said the

group’s partnership with Laing makes this workshop a great community event. “It was a lot of fun, a great community event.” she said of the 2011 workshop. The holiday fun in Old Ottawa East doesn’t stop with candy. Brantwood Park will be alive with festive spirit when the 34th annual Christmas Eve Carols and Sleigh Ride takes place starting at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 24. Organized by a few families in the community, the sleigh ride begins at the Brantwood Park field house and travels through the neighbourhood. Workun’s family participates every year. “It is a nice way to get together with neighbours,” Workun said. The activities group hosts weekly and monthly programs for Old Ottawa East residents. Visit for more information about the sleigh ride or activities. MICHELLE NASH/METROLAND

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Fraternity supports vigil for victims of massacre Blair Edwards

EMC news - The president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity stood silently and watched as the candles were lit during a ceremony at the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre on Dec. 6. Fourteen flames lit in memory of each of the women killed by a gunman at École Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989. A 15th candle lit for all the women who have suffered violence at the hands of others. Karim Khamisa, president of Kappa Sigma, a fraternity at Carleton University, came to the vigil with more than 20 of his fraternity brothers, a ceremony the group has attended annually for five years. “A men’s fraternity being present at a ceremony or vigil that raises awareness and remembrance on the issue of violence against women itself sends a message,” said Khamisa. “It sends a message when a group of men, especially youth make their way over to an event like this and show the community and the society that this is not an issue that women should be fighting alone.” More than 80 people attended the vigil, including Mayor Jim Watson, Coun. Marianne Wilkinson and Coun. Allan Hubley. Every year the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre holds a vigil in honour of the women killed in the Montreal Massacre. On Dec. 6, 1989, a 25year-old man walked into École Polytechnique in Montreal with a rifle and a hunting knife. He entered a classroom, separated the men from the women and then shot the females, claiming he was “fighting feminism.” He gunned down 28 people, killing 14, before turning the rifle on himself. In 1991, Parliament recognized the tragic event by declaring Dec. 6 the National Day of Mourning and a National Day to End Violence Against Women. The vigil started nearly 20 years ago, said Cathy Jordan, executive director of the resource centre. “It’s about taking time to


Minoo Taherzadh lights 14 candles in memory of the women killed in 1989 by a gunman at École Polytechnique and all the nameless women who have suffered violence at the hands of others. remember that was a tragic moment in our history when those women were killed because they were women,” she said. “But it’s also a time to remember the number of women who have been killed since then and the need to stay vigilant to work together to end violence against women.” HELPING ABUSED WOMEN

Judy Bowyer, a peer support worker with the centre’s violence against women program, read a survivor’s story during the start of the ceremony at the resource centre. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, lived through an emotionally-abusive relationship and sought

help from the resource centre after she was pushed down a flight of stairs, said Bowyer. “She was connected up with a peer supporter,” she said after the ceremony. “Today she’s on her own and doing well.” Abuse can be either physical or emotional, and results in a loss of self esteem, she said. But sometimes there are no visible bruises. “It becomes an unknown crime,” said Bowyer. “So women tend to stay a little longer than they probably should. “Abuse starts off in a honeymoon cycle, when you first get together and everything’s going crazy and beautiful,”

she said. “Then the abuse happens, whether it’s calling names or (hitting). After that it turns around and goes into another honeymoon cycle.” The cycle continues and the “honeymoons” become shorter and shorter. “During that time you think, ‘It has to be me, because nobody else can see it.’” Once an abused woman seeks help at the resource centre, they are paired up with a peer support worker. MORE EDUCATION NEEDED

A recent study by the Canadian Women’s Foundation shows that 67 per cent of Canadians have known a woman who has experienced physical

or sexual abuse. The survey, released on Dec. 10, also shows that Canadian women are more likely to have known another woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse. There needs to be more public education about the issue, said Jordan, adding that the resource centre runs a program in Ottawa public schools that educates students about healthy dating relationships and how to treat one another. The resource centre is also advocating for improved access to affordable housing and raising the minimum wage to provide more high-income jobs for women who are living in abusive relationships. Jordan said the resource

centre has seen an increase in the number of reported incidents of abuse over the past few years. “I believe it’s increasing because I think there’s more awareness about the issue,” she said. “Whereas 20 years ago this was something that was behind closed doors and nobody talked about it.” The Chrysalis House, a women’s shelter in the city’s west end run by the resource centre, is always full, said Jordan. “Regularly we’re turning away seven clients, seven calls a day that we can’t meet the needs for.” With files from Jessica Cunha R0011803946/1213


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Winter tire benefits not understood: report EMC news - Only half of Canadian drivers (52 per cent) use winter tires, despite their proven superior performance in all coldweather road conditions. A 2011 study by the Quebec government shows that winter road-accident injuries have dropped by five per cent since winter tire use was made mandatory by law in that province in 2008. Widespread use of winter tires is credited with preventing about 575 injuries per winter in the province. These findings are supported by a new report from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation that concludes that winter tires decrease costly collisions. The report cites extensive research that shows that winter tires deliver superior traction, cornering and braking on all cold-weather road surfaces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the evidence points to winter tires being the safest choice for driving in cold weather,â&#x20AC;? says Glenn Maidment, president of the Rubber Association of Canada, which represents tire makers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drivers should carefully consider whether winter tires are right for them and make an educated choice.â&#x20AC;? The TIRF report stresses that the benefits of winter tires are not well understood and clarifies commonly held myths about winter tires. Many motorists, for example, think that winter tires are only useful in regions with lots of snow.

In fact, research shows that once temperatures drop below 7C, winter tires perform better whether the road surface is dry, snow covered, slushy or icy. Winter tires feature specialized rubber compounds that retain elasticity in temperatures below -30C and treads that grip at cold temperatures. Another commonly believed myth is that two winter tires, rather than a set of four, is sufficient. Mixing different types of tires creates a traction imbalance between the front and rear wheel positions and can cause a vehicle to â&#x20AC;&#x153;over steerâ&#x20AC;? (when the winter tires are mounted on the front axle) or â&#x20AC;&#x153;under steerâ&#x20AC;? (when the winter tires are on the rear axle). These unsafe conditions can make a vehicle difficult to control, particularly when cornering. Proper tire inflation is also important during the winter-driving month. Tires that are under-or-over inflated have a smaller footprint on the road surface, which lessens their grip. The result is reduced stopping and handling capabilities and wasted fuel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter tires and proper inflation should be considered driving essentials from December to April,â&#x20AC;? says Maidment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motorists should also practise defensive driving and keep their vehicles properly maintained and prepared for winter driving.â&#x20AC;? For more information, visit and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter driving.â&#x20AC;?



Lifesaving, winter sport coaching receive safety funding Brier Dodge

EMC news - The federal government is committing $1.7 million to three programs aimed at reducing sport-related injuries in youth. The new funding was announced by Health Minister Leona Aqlukkaq and Ottawa-OrlĂŠans MP Royal Galipeau at the Bob McQuarrie Recreation Complex on Dec. 3. The federal government is supporting the Open Water Wisdom run by the Lifesaving Society, Active and Safe Inuit Children and Youth run by the Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and the Winter Sport Coach and Official eLearning Module: Brain Safe, led by Speed Skating Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We aim to give young Canadians the best possible start in life,â&#x20AC;? Aqlukkaq said, as speed skaters from the Gloucester Concords zipped around the ice behind her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to protect children from every aspect, there are steps we can take to prevent injury.â&#x20AC;? More than 40 per cent of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s injuries treated in emergency rooms are related to sport and recreational activities, she said. The water safety program will distribute life jackets and host presentations about drowning prevention. The Active and Safe Inuit Children and Youth program will be a safety awareness campaign run in all 53 northern Inuit communities and in cities with a large Inuit population.

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EMC news - Officials dubbed the city’s forthcoming light-rail system the “Confederation Line” during an announcement of which companies will build the $2.1-billion transit system. The Rideau Transit Group, led by ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., SNC-Lavaln and EllisDon, was selected to construct the line, which is expected to be completed on time by 2018 – and on budget. While the initial budget was pegged at $2.1 billion, that amount didn’t account for inflation that would occur between 2009 and the start of construction in 2013. After a couple of changes – including making sections of the downtown tunnel more shallow, bringing the proposed Campus station above ground and shifting Rideau station east of the canal – the final price tag is now $2.13 billion. That price includes $1.8 billion for construction and the remainder for buying land needed to build the line. Ride-

au Transit Group agreed to a fixed-price contract of $2.1 billion. Members of council were to review the deal as a committee of the whole on Dec. 12 and council’s final vote on the contract will take place Dec. 19. If the deal is approved, Ottawa will be getting 30 Alstrom Citadis trains, 1,500 of which are already used in 40 cities around the world. The trains can travel up to 100 kilometres per hour and will be able to make the trip from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair station – the ends of the 12.5-km line – in 24 minutes. That means trains could be running as frequently as one every minute and 45 seconds. The trains are designed with onboard bicycle storage and are “proven in heavy snow and cold,” according to Rideau Transit Group’s materials. The project is Ottawa’s largest-ever infrastructure project, Watson said, but the impact on traffic likely won’t be as bad as people might anticipate. That’s because a lot of the downtown


The Rideau Transit Group – the city’s preferred builder for its light-rail line – presented this vision for a new Hurdman Station on Dec. 5. construction will happen underground. Constructing the first phase of light rail is expected to generate jobs totalling more than 3,200 personyears of employment for trades in the Ottawa area. Another 700 person-years of employment for highly

skilled technical staff and 375 person years of employment for engineers will also be created. This job creation is projected trickle down to generate 20,000 personyears of work, both directly related to the construction and employment needed to support that work.


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Recycle Frog Receives Multiple Customer Service Award Nominations OTTAWA & HALIFAX – December 3, 2012 – Recycle Frog, one of Canada’s fastest growing and most trusted precious metals recycling companies, has been nominated by its customers and recognized by Ottawa Tourism’s “Stars of the City” program, which promotes, educates and encourages customer service excellence – and recognize those individuals and organizations who deliver it. “We are extremely proud and honoured to have been recognized for Ottawa Tourism’s Stars of the City award customer service excellence,” said David Martinek, Vice-President of Marketing. “Knowing our customers made the effort to nominate Christine Descarie and Ralph Murray for their service is what makes this recognition so special. Both Christine and Ralph, as well as all our highly trained evaluators, consistently demonstrate Recycle Frog’s customer care approach, which continues to redefine the industry service standard in precious metals recycling. The recognition part of the Stars of the City program is completely driven by customers and residents of the Capital – who appreciate the service they have received and take the next step to nominate the person(s) who provided it.


This graphic shows what Rideau Transit Group envisions for the Train station, adjacent to the Via Rail terminal.

LRT stations will feature ash wood Continued from page 1

To the east, detoured Transitway buses will use a dedicated transit lane on the newly widened Highway 417, with some detours around St. Laurent Station. TUNNEY’S PASTURE

The western rail terminal will have connections to the bus Transitway system and will feature a large pedestrian retail plaza. “Extensive” bicycle storage and washrooms will be available. An area will be set aside for a future expansion of the station platform to the east, a pedestrian link to an expanded bus loop to the north and new entrances at the north and south ends of the station. BAYVIEW

A new station at Bayview will mean no more climbing the hill from the Tom Brown Arena. New connections on the lower O-Train level of the two-level station will allow pedestrians and cyclists to access the station without having to cross Albert/Scott Street from Hintonburg and Mechanicsville. There will also be connections to a new network of multi-use pathways north of the station that will connect the station and Mechanicsville to LeBreton Flats.

The LRT station will be positioned above the O-Train tracks, with main station entrances at the O-Train platform and on Albert Street. LEBRETON

A new LeBreton Station will play a major role in the revitalization of the area, according to Rideau Transit Group’s materials. The twostorey station at LeBreton will involve reconstructing Booth Street and the Booth Street Bridge. The station will be shifted under and to the west of the Booth Street Bridge to enhance its relationship with Booth Street with entrances on Booth and from the lowerlevel aqueduct, a city report states. This station will celebrate Algonquin culture. DOWNTOWN WEST

The western downtown station is the first underground station in the downtown tunnel under Queen Street. With concourses located 12.5 metres and 18 m underground, it will have two entrances: on the south side of Queen there will be a stand-alone entrance structure in front of the Delta Hotel; on the north side of Queen, the east entrance will be integrated into the Crehoy Building – part of the Place de Ville government com-

plex. Directly across Queen Street from the Place de Ville entrance, there will also be a smaller, elevator-only entrance. Wider sidewalks will accommodate large pedestrian volumes and the station will also connect to an existing north-south underground pathway connecting Albert and Sparks streets.

an elevator and will be located just east of O’Connor Street. Located two blocks from Parliament Hill and Confederation Square in the heart of the city’s business district, downtown east station is projected to have the most use of any station.


What the new plans did not include was a plan for a weather-protected link from the downtown east station to the National Arts Centre on Elgin Street. Councillors are assured it’s still in the works. “We haven’t heard the last of that yet,” said Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes, the ward councillor for the area. “They’re trying to nail down where the route would go and how expensive it would be.” But a city report says a connection through an underground tunnel to the NAC might be too expensive. The Rideau Transit Group and the city will hold a series of workshops to discuss alternate solutions, including the possibility of a covered pedestrian connection from the NAC over the Mackenzie King Bridge to the Ottawa Convention Centre and the Rideau Centre, which connects to the next LRT station to the east.

While the city invited rail builders to move the downtown east station as far east as Metcalfe Street in response to public requests for a station entrance at Confederation Square, the Rideau Transit Group discovered it would be too expensive. The consortium’s proposal keeps the station just east of O’Connor. Moving it would have meant digging a deeper – and more expensive – tunnel. It will already be 19 metres underground. There are even advantages to keeping the station near O’Connor Street, according to a city report. Firstly, integrating a station into the Sun Life Building means a separate station wouldn’t have to be built, and secondly, the location puts north-south bus service on O’Connor instead of the more-congested Elgin Street The second station access is a stand-alone entrance with


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“We’ve often said that competing on price alone is not enough,” added Martinek. “While getting paid fairly has always been a critical part of the equation, it is our ability to provide truly outstanding customer service that defines us as a company. We take the time to educate the consumer about the evaluation process, deliver an exceptional experience based on transparency, integrity and fairness that sets us apart from any other gold and silver buyer in the industry.” All nominees receive a Stars of the City pin and certificate of recognition, and many are featured here on this website each month. Once per year, nominations are reviewed by an independent panel of judges, which decides on the winners across a range of categories. Nominees and winners are honoured at the annual Recognition Evening, where one truly exceptional winner is name Ottawa Tourism Star of the City, and walks away with a beautiful award and valuable prizes. About Stars of the City Ottawa Tourism established and manages the Stars of the City program to educate and encourage customer service excellence – and to recognize those who deliver it! The recognition part of the program is completely driven by customers – visitors to and residents of the Capital – who appreciate the service they have received and take the next step to nominate the person(s) who provided it. About Recycle Frog Recycle Frog is one of Canada’s fastest growing and most trusted precious metals recyclers. Committed to setting a new standard of integrity and transparency, we provide a simple, secure and convenient recycling experience with tremendous financial, social and environmental benefits. Our innovative Gold Drive fundraising program provides support to invaluable community organizations such as United Way, Christmas Daddies, the Canadian Cancer Society and CHEO, among many others. Recycle Frog is an active member of the Recycling Council of Ontario. Meet Recycle Frog in person at their offices in the World Exchange Plaza. You can also contact them at 613-755-4030 or visit their website at R0011797356-1213

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Integrating cycling, pedestrian links key to LRT stations Continued from page 33


While a Rideau Station entrance north of Rideau Street at the Waller pedestrian mall is mostly finalized, how the station connects to the Rideau Centre is less clear. While Rideau Transit Group’s materials reference an entrance at the corner of Rideau at Sussex/Colonel By drives (10 Rideau St.), no mall entrance is shown in the handout graphics. Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury said the exact mall entrance is still being hashed out with the mall’s owners, Cadillac-Fairview, and other nearby property owners, but there definitely will be a connection to the Rideau Centre. “The exact location is still not settled,” Fleury said. “Definitely, there will be an entrance close to Sussex-Rideau and there will be something close to William mall, and there will be some integration into the mall itself.” A city report states that the station tunnel, which will be 26.5 metres at its deepest point, will have pre-designed points for future tunnel connections to the Bay north of Rideau Street and to the east near Nicholas Street, where a future mall expansion is

planned. Fleury said having an entrance right in the ByWard Market north of Rideau will help capture ridership from the growing population in Lowertown and offer a good location for tourists to use the system.

Transitway station at St. Laurent mall will be replaced with a light-rail station, while the upper concourses will retain bus service. According to the Rideau Transit Group, this station is slated to have an interactive art installation illustrating the history of Ottawa development.


The light-rail line returns above ground at Campus Station, where a new public plaza and retail concourse is planned. The station, which is a key part of the University of Ottawa campus, will retain the pedestrian underpass that connects it to multi-use paths along the Rideau Canal and the Corktown Bridge.



The current bus station in the Transitway trench at Lees will be replaced with an atgrade light-rail station serving residential towers in the area. The area connects to Old Ottawa East and Hurdman to the west with multi-use pathways. The addition of light rail is expected to spur more highdensity residential development in the area and further expansion of University of Ottawa’s campus at 200 Lees Ave.


The Alstrom Citadis train used in 40 cities around the globe is the model Ottawa is planning to use for its light-rail line. HURDMAN

Hurdman will continue to act as a transit hub and will play an even more important role in transferring passengers from rail to bus. A new bus drop-off area is planned to allow passengers to transfer to light-rail (and vice versa) without having to re-validate their transit pass or transfer. The station will also

include a retail area. TRAIN

The new light-rail station for the Train terminal will be shifted away from the bus station. The new location, west of the bus Transitway and southwest of the road loop in front of the Via Rail station, is intended to allow future expansion of the Via station.

The LRT station and the Via terminal will be linked by a covered walkway. The station will serve Overbrook and neighbourhoods north of Highway 417 when a pedestrian link to the baseball stadium on Coventry Road is built. ST. LAURENT

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The new Cyrville Station will also be located in the existing Transitway directly northeast of Highway 417, below Cyrville Road. A main entrance plaza will invite riders in from the north side of Cyrville Road, with a secondary entrance on the south side. A network of pedestrian and cycling pathways are planned around the station entrance. BLAIR

Blair Station is the end of the line, at least for now, so it is expected to handle a large volume of riders. Pedestrian connections between Confederation Line, the bus Transitway, commercial lands to the north and the highway 174 pedestrian overpass to the west of Blair Road are priorities at this station. Riders will find a retail plaza and washrooms at this station.


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other said if we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quiet down, we could all stay in the house and do chores. We had known since Friday night that on Saturday we would be going into the bush to get our Christmas tree. It was one of the most exciting times during the Christmas holidays. That meant my sister Audrey and I would do a quick stab at tidying the house and the three brothers could leave cleaning out the cow byre until Sunday. Emerson was in an especially happy mood. He hated shovelling out manure and putting it off for one day was a bonus in his eyes. We were sitting around the breakfast table and Father, who had no patience with frivolity at breakfast time, threatened to cancel the whole deal if Emerson and Everett didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop their silliness. The brothers were kicking each other under the table, stabbing each other with their elbows and laughing as if they had seen something hilarious. To put an end to the nonsense, Father ordered Everett to the barn to hitch up the team and bring the ďŹ&#x201A;at-bottomed sleigh around to the house before he was even ďŹ nished with his porridge. That ended the carry on at the table. It gave the rest of us time to get into our winter clothes. To

MARY COOK Mary Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memories go back in the bush on a bitterly cold winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day meant we had to dress as if we were off to the North Pole. The horses were up to their bellies in snow as we went over the West Hill, across ďŹ elds and deep into the bush where the best spruce trees were. Emerson had staked out the tree he thought would be just perfect. I worried the horses wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it, as they sunk up to their bellies in the snow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just past that big cluster over there,â&#x20AC;? Emerson said, pointing in the general direction of a clump of spruce trees, towering towards the sky. He was right. There it was. I thought it was just perfect: tall, with full branches sweeping the snow at the bottom, looking like it would reach to the ceiling in our kitchen where it would spend its days until the new year. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when the trouble began. Everett said since he was the oldest, he would be wielding the axe. Emerson said he saw the tree ďŹ rst and chopping it down was his

job. Everett was holding on to the head of the axe while Emerson had a ďŹ rm grip on the handle. It was like a tugof-war back there in the bush. Father, meanwhile, leaned against the one post at the front of the sleigh and lit his pipe. Audrey and I sat on the edge with our legs hanging down and our feet in the snow. Everett ďŹ nally wrestled the axe away from Emerson and he ďŹ&#x201A;ung it towards the tree. Emerson then took a swing at Everett and the two of them went down rolling off the sleigh. Now Father was a patient man, but I could see he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to put up with this nonsense much longer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you what will settle this,â&#x20AC;? he said, taking a drag on his pipe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The two of you can head back to the barns and since you have so much energy, you can clean out the cow byre. You should be ďŹ nished by the time we get back.â&#x20AC;? Once Father made up his mind there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much that could change it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, git,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

two of you.â&#x20AC;? Not another word was needed. The two of them headed back out of the bush, clomping through the waistdeep snow. Then a deep sadness came over me and I could feel the tears coming. This was supposed to be such a happy time, a family time. It was always wonderful. The day we got the tree and went home to steaming cups of hot chocolate and a piece of Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich Christmas cake was now changed. I felt such sadness for Emerson and Everett. When they had almost reached the edge of the bush and were well out of earshot, Father again lit his pipe and tilting his head back, blowing the smoke high into the air, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut down the tree today. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come back after church tomorrow. Those two will be cooled off by then.â&#x20AC;? Father waited until he was sure Emerson and Everett would be almost back to the barn yard to turn the team around. I took one last look at the big spruce tree that would soon be in our kitchen, the one my brother had picked out. I wiped the tears off my face with my mitt. Knowing we would be coming back, all of us as a family, to take that special tree home, made everything right in my world once again.

The benefits of a real Christmas tree EMC news - Three Ontario groups are offering tips for those looking to make the better environmental choice this holiday season The Ontario Forestry Association, Trees Ontario and Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario are all spreading the word about the environmental beneďŹ ts of having a real Christmas tree this holiday season. Recent polling shows that Ontarians are almost evenly split when asked if real or artiďŹ cial trees are the more environmentally friendly choice. While the groups would like to see the numbers skew a little more in favour of natural trees, the survey results provide reason for hope. To see the beneďŹ ts of choosing a real tree, visit 05a20. TIPS

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Laneway issue dividing neighbourhoods Laura Mueller

EMC news - On one side of Bertrand Street in New Edinburgh, a neatly graveled laneway dotted with cars serves as a mostly hidden parking area bisecting Ivy Crescent and Vaughn Street. On the other side of Bertrand, a tangle of half-century old trees grows into a mishmash of fences that occasionally give way to the odd shed plopped into the middle of the block. It is right in the middle of that knot of fences and forest that Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke wants to park his car. It’s technically a road, so he has a right to do it. Moreover, the city says it is better planning to use the backyard laneway for cars rather than build a garage out front. The different evolution of the two sections of laneway between Ivy and Vaughn illustrates the challenge the city faces as it tries to encourage builders to use back lanes for vehicle access and parking. Some laneways have a long history of being used as driveways, while others have been abandoned and turned into de facto backyard extensions over time. But if it’s a roadway on the city’s books, a resident has the right to use it to access their


Workers building a new home on Ivy Crescent in New Edinburgh can be seen through a tangle of trees that has overgrown the laneway. Neighbours are readying for battle after the home’s owner asked the city to reopen the laneway as a driveway for his property. property. That’s the case with Lütke’s new Ivy Crescent home, which is currently under construction. Lütke’s architect, Ottawa infill designer Andrew Reeves, spoke on his behalf. Reeves said he was excited by the possibilities that came from changes the city’s new infill design guidelines. “It’s a lot more flexible if you don’t want garages,” said Reeves, whose firm is called LineBox Studio. “I wish every property we had could have a

laneway.” Lütke is so committed to this urban-planning ideal that he’s spending around $20,000 to survey the laneway and pay for lawyers and staff to work on getting the lane re-opened, Reeves said. So far, neighbouring property owners aren’t as enthusiastic. Kathryn Verey, who lives on the Vaughn side, said neighbours on her street aren’t too happy about the idea. Verey said the residents

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“don’t want to cause a big fuss” yet, because there are so many unanswered questions, but she was surprised at how little direction city policies contain about reinstating laneways that have been left unmaintained. So far, Lütke is only asking for the laneway to be reopened until it reaches his house, which would affect three neighbouring properties east of Bertrand. But Verey sees it as “the thin edge of the wedge” and said it’s only a matter of time until there is a request to extend the lane-

way through the entire block. If that happens, “it will get pretty heated,” she said. While most of the residents in that block probably know there is technically a laneway in their backyards, Verey said there should really be some sort of statute of limitations on whether the city can push forward with re-opening it if it has been left unmaintained for a long time – in this case, around 50 years. “It’s a bit of a double standard from our point of view,” she said. In an effort to discourage developers from building long lines of infill homes with garages on the first floor, the city’s new guidelines for infill design encourage builders to use those laneways for vehicle access and parking, rather than the front yard. Another new policy is expected in 2013 that will look at laneways in more detail. The city and planning committee chairman Coun. Peter Hume confirmed a laneway policy is in the works, but city planners refused to talk about the new policy before it is completed and presented to the planning committee. Work on the policy has been underway for three years, but it’s taking a long time because the issue is so complicated, Hume said. Occasionally, a proposal to re-open a laneway

will accompany a site plan for a new house and those situations almost always breed controversy, Hume said. Residents get touchy about the city reclaiming the land for vehicle access, even though they have illegally expropriated it for their own use, Hume said. It is also complicated because laneways are in such various states of repair, he said. “Some are passable, some aren’t. Some function really well and some don’t. “Protecting them is the goal, but the question is how to protect them,” Hume said. The city’s push to encourage use of laneways won’t be easy, Reeves said, but it’s needed. “It’s a bit of a daunting task, but I commend the city, because I think they are on the right track,” Reeves said. The first step is informing residents that their property abuts a laneway and preemptively re-opening laneways that have been encroached on, before a new home is even proposed, Reeves said. “I hope people start understanding when they look at these things that there aren’t just negatives of reinstating laneways but the positive of what it does for your community and what ability it offers architects and developers to do more sensitive buildings and more context-sensitive buildings,” he said.






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Flash A Stache nets $54,000 for Winchester, Ottawa hospitals Emma Jackson

EMC news - A little daring has gone a long way. The Dare to Flash a ‘Stache campaign wrapped up in Morewood on Nov. 30, raising $54,000 for prostate cancer awareness. Half of the money will go to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation and the other half will support the Da Vinci robotic surgery machine at the Ottawa Hospital, which is used exclusively to treat prostate cancer. Tom Clapp, a prostate cancer survivor and co-chairman of the event’s organizing committee, said he was taken aback by the fundraiser’s success. “The amount of money was a big surprise,” Clapp said. “We didn’t set any expectations because we didn’t know what to expect.” More than 130 people made up 21 teams across south Ottawa and the Winchester area, including a number of volunteer firefighter teams. Throughout the month of November, the Eastern Ontario prostate cancer awareness committee encouraged participants to grow and groom their moustaches to raise funds and awareness about prostate cancer.

Of course, such an event wouldn’t be complete without a little friendly competition and over the course of November men fought to be dubbed the best moustachioed man in town. In the end, Winchester resident Leonard Kelly took home the title with a standing ovation from the 100 people who attended the wrap-up party. Kelly lives at the Dundas Manor long-term care home in Winchester. Fundraising kudos were also awarded. The Winchester volunteer firefighter team, Sufficient Manpower, was the highest team fundraiser, collecting $5,015. North Stormont Mayor Dennis Fife raised the most of any individual, collecting $4,120 overall. On the final day of the campaign, organizers received a big boost when Rideau Auctions owner Hunter McCaig presented the committee with a cheque for $6,375, which had been raised through silent and live auctions at the business’s annual staff appreciation evening. Local real estate agent and prostate cancer survivor Butch Oldford did not shave his beard or moustache for the campaign, but saved the 35-year-old facial statement for the wrap-up evening so

it could be shaved off by the highest bidder. Each bidder was obligated to donate their bid even if they didn’t win. By the time South Glengarry Member of Parliament Guy Lauzon stepped up to help Oldford shave, another $1,000 had been collected. Clapp said the fundraising will continue until midnight on Dec. 31, at which point the 2013 website will go live and teams can begin fundraising for next year. AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

The Dare to Flash a ‘Stache campaign is similar to the international Movember movement, where men collect pledges to grow their moustaches. But Flash a Stache is a localized version with money directly benefitting the community, Clapp said. “There are a number of us who wanted to do something locally and we wanted to be in control of where the funds would go,” said Clapp. Clapp said a major goal of this campaign was raising awareness about regular checkups and recognizing early signs. “Every man over 40 should be having regular check ups,” he said. “Even myself, I was really ignorant about prostate


North Stormont Mayor Dennis Fife, left, raised $4,120 for the Dare to Flash a Stache fundraiser, more than any other individual who participated. cancer before I had it and then it was information overload once I had it.” While awareness is a hard

goal to measure, Clapp said he was happy to have started the conversation. “The event caused more

awareness and more people talking about it in the region,” he said. “It was a great, great start.”

Ozzie’s owner to rebuild bigger and better Emma Jackson

EMC news - The owner of Ozzie’s Pizza is looking past the charred remains of his restaurant to a better and brighter future. The pizzeria on Osgoode Main Street across from Osgoode’s community centre caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 28, and has been shut down ever since. It was deemed an electrical fire caused by a wire underneath the building, and the restaurant suffered about $60,000 dollars in damage. But the setback isn’t stopping owner Om Dawson, who said the pizzeria will reopen with a new menu and licensed bar “in the near future.” “We’re looking to get

Ozzie’s back up and going, and hopefully have a brand new facility with Osgoode’s first liquor-licensed patio,” Dawson said. The young entrepreneur has been working for about a year to get the small restaurant licensed inside, on the patio and for catered events. Dawson said his licensing applications had already been approved by the province, and he was only holding off bringing in the bar while he worked out some details with his landlord. Dawson’s determination to keep going was immediately clear hours after the fire, when he rescued a stack of pizzas and other lunch food that had been prepared for North Gower Elementary School’s hot lunch program. Dawson arranged to have

the pizzas cooked at the Marlborough Pub in North Gower so the students wouldn’t be disappointed. Right now the building has no electricity, because the wires that caused the fire had to be cut from the hydro metre, Dawson said. The front of the building is badly damaged, and Dawson said there are holes in the floors and ceilings where the fire spread inside. Insurance investigators are assessing the damage, and Dawson said it’s unclear at this point whether he will be able to rebuild in his current location or if he will have to move somewhere else in Osgoode. “Right now I don’t think we’re moving anywhere,” he said.

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Food bank demands at an all-time high

EMC news - Food banks in Ontario are facing unprecedented demand, according to a new report from the Ontario Association of Food Banks. More than 412,000 people in the province, including 160,000 children, are accessing food support and hunger relief programs every month, the report found. This is up from 395,000 users in 2011. Some of the fastest growing groups of food bank users include single parent households, the working poor, seniors, university students and recent graduates. Bill Laidlaw, executive director of the association, said rising food and living costs, droughts and other agricultural issues, cuts to social services and increased layoffs across the province have all contributed to the increased demand. “Every day there are children going to school without breakfast, adults working through the day without lunch, and seniors going to bed without dinner, simply because they cannot afford food to eat,” Laidlaw said in a statement. According to the report, 19 per cent of food banks in the province do not have enough supplies to meet the growing need in their community.

In the rural Osgoode Ward in south Ottawa, food cupboard organizer Denise Herbert said demand is up 45 per cent in the area while donations are down. The biggest problem for the organization, she said, is the ongoing labour dispute between the teachers and the province, because teachers aren’t as involved in organizing food drives at their schools. Osgoode Township High School is the food cupboard’s biggest donor every December, collecting between 15,000 and 20,000 food items for distribution at the Osgoode and Embrun food cupboards. But this year the onus is on students to make sure enough food is collected for needy families. “The student council has taken over and I don’t know what’s going to happen there, if they can get the same amount,” Herbert said. Osgoode Township’s student council co-president Alison Reiszadeh said it has been difficult organizing the food drive without teacher support, but she is hoping the student population will still respond. “Obviously without teachers it has been really, really hard trying to get it going,” Reiszadeh said. “But it has shaped up. It’s running and it’s doing fairly well.”

Reiszadeh expected to have collected about 3,000 cans by the end of November. The student council will continue to collect food until about Dec. 19. The Grade 12 student said she doesn’t hold the teachers responsible for any extra work she has to do to run the food drive or for a potential shortfall in collections. She said several teachers have been keen to help. They have taken the time to answer questions and help her get organized, even if they aren’t taking a hands-on role. “They’re put in a tough position and I don’t want to put them in a harsh light,” she said. The Ontario report found that 42 per cent of 2012 food bank users were accessing hunger relief programs for the first time in their lives. Laidlaw said the association will continue to pursue the recommendations for change that it made in its 2011 Hunger Report, including a call for increased access to affordable healthy food, advocating for a housing benefit for low income individuals, a tax credit for farmers and a push for the Ontario government to address the root causes of hunger by implementing policy changes that will lead to long-term sustainable solutions, and ultimately make food banks unnecessary.

Lamb shanks braised with beer makes a tasty stew EMC lifestyle - This tasty stew highlights all the good root vegetables still available in our stores and a Guinnessstyle beer. Lamb shanks are easy to use and delicious; if not available, use thick shoulder chops. It’s better if made a day or two ahead. Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: three hours. Servings: Eight INGREDIENTS

• 8 lamb shanks salt and pepper • 0.5 cup (125 ml) all-purpose flour • 2 tbsp (25 ml) olive oil • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tsp (5 ml) each dried thyme and rosemary or 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh • 2 bottles (341 ml each) stout-style beer, like Guiness • 3 cups (750 ml) beef stock • 0.25 cup (50 ml) butter • 3 tbsp (45 ml) packed brown sugar • 3 onions, cut in wedges • 3 carrots, cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces • 3 parsnips, peeled and cut in

1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces • half a rutabaga, peeled and cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks • 0.25 cup (50 ml) chopped fresh parsley PREPARATION

Sprinkle the shanks lightly with salt and pepper and coat all over with flour. In large ovenproof casserole or Dutch oven, heat half the oil over medium-high heat. In batches, brown the shanks all over, adding more oil as needed and removing the browned shanks to a plate. Stir in any remaining flour, garlic, thyme and rosemary and cook over medium heat for one minute, stirring often. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually stir in the beer. Return the pan to the heat and bring the contents to a boil, stirring and scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan. Boil for five minutes, covered, or until syrupy, stirring often. Stir in two cups (500 ml) of the stock. Return shanks and any juices to the

pan. Bring the contents to a boil, cover tightly. Bake in an oven heated to 350 F (180 C) for about 2.5 hours or until lamb is very tender, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, in deep skillet, melt the butter and sugar over medium heat; stir in the onions, carrots, parsnips and rutabaga until well coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the remaining stock and bring to a boil. Bake uncovered, stirring occasionally in the 350°F (180°C) oven for about one hour and 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender but not mushy. Stir into cooked shanks. Sprinkle with parsley to serve. The stew can be cooled, covered and refrigerated for up to two days. After taking it out of the refrigerator, remove any fat from the top of the stew and allow it to come up to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Reheat the stew slowly on stovetop, stirring it often; or place it in a 350°F (180°C) oven, covered, for about 30 minutes.


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Soccer tryouts Young players from all over the city were at Louis Riel public schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer dome on Dec. 3 to participate in a recruiting showcase for the Montreal Impact Academy. Players selected for the academy will move to Montreal to board with families and play for the 12 and under team. Johnny Priori, a player with the Ottawa Fury, is seen here looking for an open player to pass to during the start of the session.

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EMC news - Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far from the biggest waterway in the Ottawa area, but Graham Creek in Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s west end is ďŹ nally getting community recognition and some muchneeded TLC. On Dec. 6, Ferguslea Properties Ltd., owner of Accora Village, donated $5,000 to assist in a restoration project being carried out by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. That project is split into two phases. The ďŹ rst, to support the ďŹ sh habitat through installation of root wads, was completed this year. Next year the conservation authority will attempt a shoreline reforestation project with the help of community volunteers. The city has committed to improving the shoreline around the mouth of the creek. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has been a great year for Grahams Creek,â&#x20AC;? said Andrea Klymko, the conser-

vation authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoreline stewardship program manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that Ferguslea contacted us ... was fantastic. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to get them on board and naturalize every bit (of the creek) we can.â&#x20AC;? The urban creek runs along the west side of the Bayshore community, connecting with the Ottawa River in Andrew Haydon Park. Despite its small size, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home to a variety of cold water ďŹ sh species. However, its location in a heavily populated urban area and its close vicinity to major roadways means the ďŹ sh, plants and wildlife living in the watershed are extremely vulnerable. The conservation authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s City Stream Watch program uses volunteers to monitor rivers and streams throughout the Rideau watershed and Graham Creek is no different. Volunteers have prowled the banks of the creek to assess its health in both 2005 and 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 2010 monitoring identiďŹ ed the speciďŹ c areas

that would be targeted for shoreline restoration and ďŹ sh habitat work,â&#x20AC;? said Klymko. The installation of root wads will improve the ďŹ sh habitat by giving marine life shady spots and refuge areas. Next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoreline project will see native species trees and bushes plants to create a 15-metre buffer along the shoreline. Not only will this shade the creek and intercept garbage, it will also absorb some of the ďŹ&#x201A;ow of nutrients into the creek. Site preparation and planting will be performed by volunteers from both the RVCA and the Accora Village community. Steve Ryan, Fergusleaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice-president of asset management, said in a release that his community values the environment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have several sustainability projects on the go, demonstrating the commitment that Accora Village has made to their residents and to the larger community,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Holidays and Pets Many pets are given up at vacation time because of a perceived inconvenience. Thousands of pets who were left with â&#x20AC;&#x153;pet sittersâ&#x20AC;? are lost each year. A little forethought would have prevented these things from happening If You Leave Your Pet Behind...Take time to explain your petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s routine to the sitter and include a list of instructions of what to do if the pet is lost. The Live-In Pet and Plant Sitter... Ideally a relative or a friend who knows your pet (or gets to know him/her before you leave and will be with him/her most of the day). Before you go, leave an adequate supply of food, grooming instructions, exercise routine and veterinarianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (including emergency clinic) telephone numbers. Also inform your microchip provider of the temporary contact numbers. If possible, leave your itinerary and phone numbers. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and tag and has had all vaccinations. Phone your sitter a couple of times to check things out. The Drop In Neighbour.... Many agree to stop by each day to feed, water and exercise your pet. Make sure you entrust this duty to a responsible person (some students do this for a summer job). Get references. Professional Pet Sitters... This is a relatively new ďŹ eld and is an excellent alternative to kennelling, especially for cats who often donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do well out of their home environment. Check the yellow pages for persons offering these services. Better yet, talk to friends and family and ďŹ nd out if they can recommend someone. Always



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Merry Christmas from the mayor Out of 500 submissions, Mayor Jim Watson chose a drawing by Riverside South resident Giorgio Manasseri for his 2012 Christmas card design. Giorgio submitted his drawing last year while in Grade 1 at Bernard Grandmaître Catholic Elementary School. The illustration depicts the mayor handing out hot beverages on the outdoor skating rink in front of city hall. While Giorgio had never skated on the Rink of Dreams before, he got a chance on Dec. 6 after being presented with a framed copy of the greeting card, which was sent to thousands of people on the mayor’s Christmas list. Kids can now submit their drawings for consideration for the mayor’s 2013 card.

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EMC news - It’s the time of year when poverty is especially hard to take, when the Christmas season serves to illustrate the need felt by many Ottawa families. To make the holidays brighter for these families and individuals, the Christmas Exchange organizes an annual food hamper and gift voucher campaign, something the organization – now run by the Caring and Sharing Exchange – has done since the dark days of the First World War. This year the Christmas Exchange is highlighting the increased need felt by those in the community, and is appealing for the donations needed to make Christmas dinner a reality for those using the service. “At the beginning of December we’re already at 22,298 individuals in need of assistance,” said Cindy Smith, executive director of the Caring and Sharing Exchange. “Last year there were about 5,000 families left on our waiting list. Prior to that we have been able to help everybody, but that need has increased.” Poverty is always a roadblock to the simple joys and conveniences of normal life and can affect anyone. The causes are many – job loss, accident or illness, addiction, even a death or illness in


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Christmas hampers assembled by the Christmas Exchange are seen prior to last year’s delivery by volunteer drivers. The exchange is appealing for donations in the lead-up to Christmas, citing increased need in the community. the family – but the resulting challenges are the same. When it formed in 1915, the Christmas Exchange aimed to help the families of thousands of men fighting overseas. While the causes are different now, the need itself is greater than ever.

The Christmas Exchange relies on donations to prepare its food hampers, which contain all the elements of a Christmas dinner. The hampers are packed by a group of volunteers and delivered to home addresses by more volunteers.

“You can donate right up to Christmas and beyond,” said Smith. Donations can be made online at, or by calling 613-226-6434. The cost of a full hamper is $100, but Smith said every dollar helps.

We suggest the average cost of a gift not exceed $30.00 and the individual, family, or business donor chooses how many gifts to donate. Any help is appreciated! To participate in the Angel Tree program and give back to deserving kids in your community, please contact email Stacie Stephenson at or call her at 613-232-0925 Ext. 222 R0011803307-1213

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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:

Join the Ottawa South Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Connection for a morning of wrapping, baking and crafting demonstrations just in time for Christmas. Thursday, Dec. 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Fred Barrett Arena on Leitrim Road. Guest speaker and singer, door prizes, refreshments and child care. Admission $5. Call 613249-0919.

Dec. 14 Christmas craft sale at RĂŠsidence Saint-Louis long term care facility, 879 Hiawatha Park Rd. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Dec. 15 Christmas bake sale at 9 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. Come early and enjoy breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. served by friendly volunteers.

Dec. 16 Pleasant Park Baptist church will host a Christmas Carol Concert at 7 p.m. at 414 Pleasant Park Rd. The churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organist, Daniel Morel, will be accompanied by a brass ensemble from the Salvation Army. There is no admission, but there will be a goodwill offering of cash or food items for the Heron Emergency Food Centre. All are welcome. Please call the church at 613 733-4886 if you have any questions.

The Knox Presbyterian Church choir and worship team in Manotick will present

The Rideau and District Old Tyme Fiddlers Association is inviting you and your friends to our traditional New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve dinner dance, Monday, Dec. 31 at the Alfred Taylor Community Centre in North Gower. Happy hour from 6 to 7 p.m., catered beef and turkey buffet and dessert. Bar service and party favours at 7 p.m., music from 9 to 1 p.m. by the renowned Dennis Harrington and Heritage Country Band. Reserved tickets only. For additional information please call Mary 613 4892697, Irwin 613 258-2258 or Gerry 613 692-4122.

Ongoing Osgoodeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Creations Christmas Artisan and Craft Fair is looking for vendors for its annual event to be held at the Market Square Mall from Friday, Nov. 30 until Sunday, Dec. 9. If you are interested in participating in this cooperative fair, please contact Marlene at 613-826-1511 or Mary Louise at sweetpeas@ Proceeds from vendor rental fees are donated to the Osgoode Care Centre.

Drop-in childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs on Thursdays until Dec. 13: Babytime 10 to 10:30 a.m., Toddlertime 10:30 to 11 a.m., storytime 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive, Greely. Old Time Fiddle and Country Dance. First Friday of every month. 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. $5/person at the door or yearly memberships available. No charge for participating musicians and singers. Join us for a good time. In Harmony, a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chorus, is welcoming new members. Practices are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Call 613-722-0066.

Sunstrum St. in Osgoode. All money raised at these weekly events goes back to the community. Bring your â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dabbersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and come out to support your local legion bingo.


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632 Phoenix Royal Air Cadet Squadron meets every Wednesday evening 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph school, 6664 Carriere St. Open to youth age 12 to 18. No registration fee to join, however fundraising is required. Visit for more information.

Discover the unique thrill of singing four-part harmony with a group of fun-loving women who enjoy making music together. Regular rehearsals on Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at OrlĂŠans United Church, 1111 OrlĂŠans Blvd. For information call Muriel Gidley at 613-5900260 or visit

Gloucester Synchro Swim Club is hosting a Holiday Watershow at Bob MacQuarrie Recreational Complex showcasing recreational and competitive routines. Admission will be given to a local area community group to support their needs over the holiday season. The event will also include attendance of Canadian national team member Camille Bowness, who will have just returned from the FINA World Championships. service and party favours at 7 p.m., music from 9 to 1 p.m.

Fridays Five-pin bowling league encourages senior citizens over the age of 50 to participate in an activity that provides regular moderate exercise. There is no registration fee. The league is a fun, non-competitive league; experience is not required. Bowling takes place between 1 and 3 p.m. at Walkley Bowling Centre, 2092 Walkley Rd. Participants are placed on mixed four-person teams. To register, please call Roy or Jean Hoban at 613-731-6526.

Tuesdays & Fridays Tai Chi at Roy Hobbs Community Centre, 109 Larch Cres. on Tuesdays, except first Tuesday of each month, for beginner/intermediate levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Fridays for intermediate/advanced levels 10:45 a.m. to noon. Contact Lorne at 613-8246864 for details.

Mondays The Ottawa Pub Dart League plays from October to April at various venues in the city. If

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Want to meet new friends? Have a great workout? Come to The MET (Metropolitan Bible Church) every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. for a free womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fitness class with a certified fitness instructor. Includes a five-minute inspirational fit tip. Any questions? Contact the church office at 613-238-8182.

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Important Coming Events December 31st, 2012: New Years Eve Dinner (incl. wine)Party and Dance. Party favors, and late night snack included. Tickets: $55.00 available at the bar.

January 01,2013: Presidents Levy 13:00HRS. January 19th,2013: Celebrating â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robbie Burnsâ&#x20AC;? with a Scottish Dinner and evening. Pipe in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Haggisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with the Piper ; Highland Dancers and readings. Tickets: $20.00 will be available at the bar after Dec. 15, 2012.

Friday Night Meals and Entertainment December Calendar: Friday 07: Meal: Hall booked for private party. Friday 14th; Meal: Fish and Chips; Music by â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Barbra Wallingfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Friday 21st; Meal: Lasagna, Salad, and desert; Music-- â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Elvis Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with Dan Burgess .(a great Impersonator, and good show) Friday 28th; Meal: Sheppardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pie, Salad, desert; Music by â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Albert Bernachyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;


Celebrate Christmas with music of the season at our annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Garland of Carolsâ&#x20AC;?concert at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Dr., from 4 p.m. All are welcome. This festival of Christmas carols features the Chancel Choir of Rideau Park, North Winds Brass, Touch of Brass Bell Choir and Amy Neal, Dance. For more information: 613733-3156, or www.rideaupark. ca.

Dec. 31

The Gloucester South Seniors Chess Club meets at 4550 Bank St. every Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Immediate openings available. Please contact Robert MacDougal at 613-821-1930 for more information.


Sweeten your holiday spirit at Osgoode Youth Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festive winter fundraising event. From 2 to 5 p.m., pairs of all ages can decorate one pre-assembled gingerbread house, with a supply of treats and icing and lots of holiday cheer. Seasonal music will get you in the spirit, and steaming bowls of chili, sugar cookies and warm winter signature drinks will be available for purchase. Anyone who is interested in a little friendly competition can enter their decorated house for judging and prizes. Cost is $25 per pair: two friends, two family members, or two spouses. Please register in advance by email: o-yacentre@

Emmanuel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Celebrating Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Child on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Please come join us in celebrating our Saviourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth. A free-will offering will be taken. For more information, contact the church office at 613-6924228.


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