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Cops lead Inside kids on NEWS shopping spree Christmas wishes come true for children at Billings Bridge mall An Ottawa group has applied for a grant in hopes to make a neighbourhood skateboard park a reality. – Page 6


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EMC news – While Christmas shopping is a big part of the holiday season for many, some children in the south Ottawa area might not have had the opportunity were it not for the Cop Shop event. Christmas wishes came true for a group of 25 kids, who were paired with a police officer for an afternoon of shopping armed with a $200 gift card at the Billings Bridge Shopping Centre on Dec. 12. The experience allows officers to help some very deserving young children buy some holiday treats for themselves and their families. “I am very happy because I get to buy everybody in my family a present,” said Madison McMillan whose personal shopper was Const. Caroline Gallant. The event, which is now in its fifth year, enables kids who might not otherwise experience holiday presents a chance to have some gifts at Christmas. “It is a great opportunity to come out and hang out with kids and hold the bags for them while they shop around,” said Gallant. “This helps them get the really meaning of Christmas.” The children chosen for Cop Shop are recommended by a variety of sources and are selected based on need, recognition of specific academic or sports achievement, or because of volunteer efforts. See COP, page 2


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EMC news - A former swimming pond in Brewer Park could be linked to the Rideau River as early as August. The land-locked pond, located at the south end of the park, was originally created as a swimming area, but has not been used such for a long time. Now the spot is frequented by dog owners, as part of an offleash dog park. A proposal to connect the

pond to the Rideau River was announced by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority on Dec. 13. A channel would be cut on the east side of the pond to allow for water from the river to flow towards the pond. Mike Lascelles, cochairman of the Ottawa South Community Association’s environment committee, said he was ecstatic to hear the news. “I think environmentally, it is going to produce some first class fish habitat and I think it will improve water quality and possibly improve air qual-

ity,” he said. According to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, the quality of fish in the Old Ottawa South portion of the river is high and creating the new connection could help develop a new fish habitat. Lascelles said he has worked the past on efforts to connect the pond to the river, and is hopeful for this proposal. The important thing, he added, is that all park users are consulted and accommodated for this project to be a success. “One of the assurances or safeguards for this project to succeed would be to make sure the dog walkers and park

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Police Const. Heather Cooper has been involved in the Cop Shop and she helped organized the event this year together with the shopping centre. “It is extremely important. It is the highlight of my year. I count down just as the kids count down for it,” said Cooper. “The true meaning of Christmas to me is doing this with the kids.” Const. Nicole Gorham, the community police officer for the south Ottawa area, hailed the program saying it helps create a connection between police officers and kids. “It is great for the kids but more importantly to the Ottawa police. Every year we look forward to it,” said Gorham. “It is a great time to come and connect with the kids. Often they haven’t met police or they might have met police

in a crisis situation, so this is more of a fun and relaxed atmosphere and equally rewarding.” Gorham was paired with Victoria Duplantis from Greely. “We got a princess sleeping bag, Rapunzel pillow doll, earrings, a video game and an umbrella,” said Gorham. “We are trying to get her some items that they wouldn’t necessarily get this year at Christmas due to whatever reasons.” For Victoria, it was fun shopping with an officer. “It is good. I am so happy. I liked buying stuff and meeting Santa,” she said. Cop Shop concept was launched in Nova Scotia in 2005 at a Halifax shopping centre. The centre donated a $200 gift card to each of the participating children and local police officers volunteered their time to act as personal shoppers for Cop Shop kids.

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Promoting the neighbourhood Michelle Nash


Mike Lascelles, a strong advocate for Brewer Park’s nature was happy to hear the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority will be looking at a proposal to connect the Brewer Park pond with the Rideau River. Lascelles said he sees this as another great opportunity to plant more trees in the park.

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“In this case, the downside is that some people who use the park would be cut off from some of the walking areas and so we needed to mitigate that.” But at the end of the day, the councillor said he supports the pond area returning to nature. “Sometimes we have to do things because nature has its needs too, the advantages

here, whether it is fish or foul I have been assured will be much healthier,” Chernushenko said. “Some people just get a little thrill out of knowing we can let nature be and for me it almost makes me feel bigger rather than smaller to know I am not God and nature has needs.” Aside from the conservation authority, the city, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Ministry of Natural Resourc-

EMC news - The Lowertown Community Association will work more closely with its community partners this year to better promote its neighbourhood. Discussed at the association’s monthly meeting on Dec. 10, the board approved funding for a movie in the park evening next summer. The movie night will take place in Lowertown west at Bingham Park. The Lowertown Community Resource Centre typically holds two movies events during the summer months at Jules Morin Park in Lowertown east. The decision to fund a similar event in Lowertown west, president Marc Aubin said, would help extend this particular summertime activity’s

reach to residents on the west side of King Edward Avenue. The association will pay for food for the event, while the community resource centre will provide the screen-projector and popcorn maker for the evenings. “What we are really hoping for is to have more events take place in Lowertown in general and to get more residents involved,” Aubin said. The community association will also partner with the community resource centre to organize its annual winter festival together this year. In the past both organizations held their own festival, but Aubin said the association’s new approach of working with community partners has proved successful in the past. “The Lowertown Community Resource Centre has been putting on events for years

and quite successfully and in the past we have been trying to contribute more and more for these events,” Aubin said. Last year was the first time the association worked with the resource centre to host a winter festival, Winterfest. Aubin said the success of that festival proved to be a better use of their funds and resources. The broader objective, he added, is to plan lots of great events in Lowertown. Whether it is in the ByWard Market, Lowertown east or west, the association plans to provide support. “Why not capture that as being part of the community and focus on making these events the best they can be,” he asked. The focus will be on promoting the events through the association’s email bulletins and newsletters.

es and Muskies Canada are working on the proposal. Lascalles said the environment committee is looking forward to following the project. Funding has been provided by Minto Group Inc. and Richcraft Homes and a community open house is planned for February. If the project is approved, the area around the pond would be planted with trees, shrubs and wildflowers.


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Public elementary teachers stage one-day strike

EMC news - The only action occurring at English public elementary schools in Ottawa on Dec. 12 took place on the sidewalks. Teachers from select school boards across Ontario followed through on a union promise to stage a one-day strike action last Wednesday, leaving classrooms empty and the future uncertain for parents with kids enrolled in the public school system at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Money is not the issue at all – we were willing to agree to a two-year wage freeze. BRAD STRONG ELEMENTARY TEACHERS’ FEDERATION OF ONTARIO

The strike followed weeks of heated rhetoric and strongarm tactics between the provincial government and both the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation in the wake of the passage of Bill 115. That legislation seriously restricted the unions’ collective bargaining rights, a move the governing Liberal party has said is necessary given the province’s fragile economic situation. Other boards across Ontario are planning to walk off the job for a day in a rotating strike action as well. Outside Connaught Public School on Gladstone Ave. during the early morning commute, several motorists honked in support as teachers drinking hot coffee held signs bearing slogans such as “Respect teachers – respect collective bargaining” and “Negotiate – don’t legislate.” The same scene played out

outside other Ottawa schools as well as the constituency offices of area MPPs, including the Carling Avenue office of Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli. Individual picketers were unable to speak with the media citing union rules, but in an interview with Henry Monroe Middle School teacher Brad Strong, who serves on the ETFO’s education liaison committee, he said the striking teachers hoped “to raise awareness of the government’s provocative actions against teachers and restore collective bargaining rights in this province.” Strong, who has taught in Ottawa for 23 years, said he was, “disgusted with (Premier Dalton McGuinty’s) lack of honesty,” a sentiment reflected on numerous T-shirts and signs seen at protest locations. The province’s teachers had enjoyed a good relationship with McGuinty, receiving significant wage hikes over the first eight years of his tenure, until public pressure over high debt and deficit levels prompted the McGuinty government – reduced to a minority in the October 2011 election – to demand a wage freeze. Bill 115 was passed on Sept. 11. Despite the concessions in wages won by the teachers unions in recent years, Strong said the current strike and job action is not about money, rather, he and his fellow teachers are picketing to restore democratic rights. “Money is not the issue at all – we were willing to agree to a two-year wage freeze,” said Strong, mentioning this is the first time in 23 years he has withdrawn his services as a teacher. “What needs to happen is Bill 115 needs to be repealed. Like any negotiation there’s give and take. Teachers understand the financial hardship affecting Ontario families.” The one-day strike came on the heels of statements from


Teachers picket outside Vincent Massey Public School in Alta Vista on Wednesday, Dec. 12. the presidents of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and OSSTF stating that the job action – which began with the withdrawing of teacher’s services for extracurricular activities – could continue for two years if the bill isn’t repealed. Strong replied to this by saying he feels the upcoming leadership change in the Liberal Party of Ontario will result in a new premier more willing to negotiate with teachers. “I find that (two-year job action scenario) unlikely – I have confidence in the system working,” he said.

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Community aims to give youth a space to gather

EMC news - Old Ottawa East has taken the next step to create a skateboard park for youth in the community. The Community Activities Group of Old Ottawa East has submitted an application for a Better Neighbourhood Project grant from the city to develop Ballentyne Park as a skateboard park for youth who live in the downtown core. “The community is really behind this,” said Carol Workun, executive director of the activities group. “This is something we have been talking about for years and the timing is just right.” Ballentyne Park is located at the corner of Hawthorne Avenue and Main Street, an area that has always been the community’s ideal location for a skateboard park. The park is not close to residential homes, it’s in a visible public area and is close to public transit, a local school and businesses. It is also directly across the street from the community centre. “Given the park’s proximity to the Queensway and a busy road (Hawthorne), it largely sits unused,” Workun said. “It is not suitable for more traditional use of park space such as a children’s playground, plus we are already well served in those areas.” The Better Neighbourhoods program supports small-scale community projects. The focus of the program is urban and suburban neighbourhoods. The maximum grant available is $30,000.

To apply, a group needs to have support from the councillor’s office, have demonstrated volunteer capacity to work with the city and are willingness to enter into an agreement on human and financial resources as well as roles and responsibilities for both the city and the neighbourhood organization that is applying. Workun said the group has been working closely with the Ottawa Skateboard Association on the application to ensure needs are met. The money sought would help the group pay for the consultation process and design, as well as ensure there is a proper process in place to engage with youth on the project. The main reason the community wants to build this park is to give youth in the neighbourhood a place to gather. In addition, Workun said the park could serve all youth in the downtown core. “This location would also be easily accessed by youth from surrounding areas. Proximity to Pretoria Bridge makes for excellent access for youth from Glebe and Centretown,” she said. “It is also a great destination for youth within our community given its central and highly visible location, therefore making it a safe area.” The group also hopes this new park will help support nearby stores. “Our local businesses in this part of the community rely heavily on the local high school population,” Workun said. “In the summer, their


The community of Old Ottawa East would like to turn Ballentyne Park into a skateboard and BMX park. absence can be a challenge. With a central skateboard (and) BMX park, the local businesses will see a marked increase in sales from people travelling from all over the city to use the facilities.”

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A bonus, Workun said, would be the potential for events, summer camps and contests to be held at the park. The concept of putting park space to good use is not a new one for the community. In 2008, Sustainable Living Ottawa East took a small area at the corner of Clegg Av-

enue and Main Street, Robert F. Legget Park, and turned it into Ottawa’s first dedicated children’s garden. There, children learn how to grow food, plant flowers and have a place for story-time activities. Workun said the goal is to do the same with this underused park. The main thing, the executive director said, is

that the focus is on the city’s young people. “We really want to engage the youth and we will be consulting with the youth on the project,” Workun said. The city will announce the successful Better Neighbourhood program applicants at a future planning committee in early 2013. R0011802921/1213

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recently revealed plan to turn green space in Old Ottawa East into a parking lot has shocked many in the community and rightly leaves residents across the city concerned about how the upcoming light-rail project will be managed. Residents of Ottawa deserve to be kept in the loop when it comes to how the city is proceeding with the single biggest construction project in the capital since the Rideau

Canal was built nearly two centuries ago. City staff involved in the plan to construct a 362-space parking area on green space located at 160 Lees Ave. waited so long to release information about the project that even the area’s councillor, David Chernushenko, was caught off guard when he was informed on Dec. 5 The open area is used as green space by the Archville neighbourhood and the 3,000 residents of neighbouring

highrise buildings. A parking area is needed to fulfill the city’s legal obligation to replace parking that will be lost at the University of Ottawa campus when the city takes over two areas to stage construction for the light-rail system. But members of the Old Ottawa East community were left scratching their heads wondering why the Lees green space was selected. Were any other sites considered?

The plans for the new parking area are dated August 2012, so why wasn’t the ward councillor and the community notified sooner? Good questions, but we’re still waiting for answers. After he was told about the project, Chernushenko waited two days hoping to receive more details before telling his constituents. But no information was forthcoming from the city. When approached for information by this newspaper,

city staff failed to respond to requests for further details. There might be a very good reason why the green space is the only logical location for the parking lot. And by no means do we expect the city consult with the public regarding every detail of work associated with the $2-billionplus light-rail mega project. But this isn’t a last-minute work order. Staff made their decision last summer and the project takes away a treasured green space from thousands of

residents in Old Ottawa East. Surely that merits a little public consultation? Staff should have known the project would raise concerns in the community. The way this project has been communicated – or rather not communicated – raises a disturbing precedent for how the city handles future impacts of the light-rail project. It’s difficult to judge the city’s rationale for approving projects when staff refuse to talk to either the councillor or the community. We all need to be in the loop when it comes to such a pivotal period in the city’s history.


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t’s not the most wonderful time of year for TV movie-watchers. For the past several weeks every movie has been about Christmas. The Man Who Saved Christmas and The Dog Who Saved Christmas and Crazy for Christmas and The Christmas Miracle and The Christmas Choir and The Christmas This and The Christmas That. Try to find a cowboy or a bank robber and you’re just out of luck. And it’s not as they’re being bumped out by the great Christmas movies – A Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life and Bad Santa. Today’s Christmas movies aren’t really about Christmas. They’re mostly about people falling in and/or out of love under coloured lights. The list of Christmas movies, usually small-budget productions with small-name casts, grows. They’re eventually going to run out of plots involving misunderstantings and mistletoe. New plots need to reflect the concerns of moviegoers today, show an awareness of current tastes. The Christmas movie needs to be brought up to date. Fortunately, new movie production facilities are being brought to our city. So Ottawa can be at the forefront of this new Christmas movie wave. Here we are then, about to produce the first contemporary Christmas movie with an Ottawa theme. If you’ve been following current cultural trends, you know what it is has to be called. Right: The Christmas Zombie. Now, if you’re writing the script, you know certain things have to happen. First, there have

to be small-name stars who think they hate each other, but we know they don’t. They probably shouldn’t be zombies, because there’s a certain ewwwww factor in zombies under the mistletoe, what with the way parts of them are always falling off. OK, if zombies aren’t under the mistletoe where will they be? An obvious answer is that they are in Parliament, perhaps the Senate. But that wouldn’t work. Senators have to retire at 75 and many zombies are hundreds of years older than that. Also zombies don’t have a principal residence. Well then, the zombies could be in a shopping mall. People are at their most zombie-like there. But this has already been done in Dawn of the Dead. Granted, originality is not something that is particularly prized in the movie world, but let’s look for zombies elsewhere. City hall, for example. Zombies could be occupying the council seats, grunting appreciatively at every mention of a new casino, raising their hands to vote yes, the hands sometimes falling off. Is this too political? Perhaps. Anyway, it doesn’t really cover the Christmas angle, which is important because without a Christmas tree there is nothing for our small-name stars to embrace in front of. We know zombies would probably eat reindeer, so we’ll keep those out of the script. Same with mamma in her kerchief. How about the attacking zombies get frightened by the Christmas tree lights and run away, leaving everybody to be happy, try on sweaters and get married? Or maybe it’s The Little Drummer Boy that drives the zombies away. There are any number of ways you can play this. Christmas songs (not the carols but the kind Michael BublÊ sings) could bring inner peace to the zombies, much as they did to The Grinch, and turn them into likeable characters from High School Musical. The most likely scenario is that the zombies simply decide to leave so they can line up for the Boxing Day sales.

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What do you think of the LRT plan put forward by Rideau Transit Group?

A) Yes. I was done months ago. B) Almost. I only have a few gifts left

A) It’s great – let’s get on with it already


B) We should be investing our money into a north-south rail line instead.


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C) Of course not! There are still shopping days left – what’s the rush? D) Why would I? I don’t celebrate

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ive months into the life of our third child, my husband and I are thinking, “hey, maybe we should have one more!” Actually, we only think that when the angel is sleeping or giggling or sitting calmly in our laps. The other 12 hours of the day, when she’s screaming and slapping my face with her razor sharp finger nails, it’s like a form of torture. When she’s spitting up all over my suit jacket, I wonder if I can maintain my career. When she poops all over everything in sight seconds after I’ve given her a bath, I wonder how much laundry a woman can do before she decides to burn all the fabric in the house instead of washing it. Despite the fact infants are a little disgusting and annoying most of the time -- yes, I believe this -- we still seriously contemplate evening out the numbers. (My husband, one of three children, always thought we should have two or four. As one of two, I never thought a single sibling was enough). One of the biggest hurdles for us, however, is cost -- not just financial, but time as well. But new reports suggest if we don’t have babies, there may be an even bigger economic cost. Following reports in November that the birth rate in the United States fell to its lowest-ever level in 2011 -- 1.89 children per adult woman - many are wondering how developed nations will sustain aging populations without enough young people to support them. While the latest data puts the U.S. on par with the rest of the developed world -- Canada’s fertility rate crept up margin-


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Capital Muse ally in the four years to 2010, to 1.63 from 1.59 -- many are once-again contemplating how to get women back on the baby-rearing track. Earlier this month in the Globe and Mail, columnist Margaret Wente summarized the national discussion taking place in the United States. Conservatives, she notes -many of them “men who’ve probably never changed a diaper” -- have failed to convince women that a return to the domestic sphere is in the national interest. On the flip side, progressives are likely to argue for improved social programs like parental leave and daycare, but Wente notes that where these programs do exist, they haven’t made much of a difference in fertility rates either. So what to do? One thing that is frequently missing from this debate is the role of men. Having just spent a week cleaning up vomit and diarrhea and altogether acting as nurse Mom to my four co-habitants during a horrible stomach virus, I can safely say that if other women are like me, we have a general lack of desire to spend all our time in the home doing all the disgusting chores that go along with that. Unfortunately, the big push for breastfeeding and attachment parenting on one end of the philosophical spectrum, and the focus on nap schedules and hardcore

routine on the other, often makes childrearing out to be a lonely and predominantly female venture. But if we really want to increase fertility rates in this country, there’s no turning back the clock on feminism. Men have to be on board, and not just as sperm donors. I have several friends each with four children and they have something in common: their husbands have taken parental leave at one time or another and the men have chosen to plateau their careers temporarily to help raise the kids and support the mothers’ careers. This is significant because while my female friends like having children, they also -- like their husbands -- enjoy having a social life, a gym membership and a career outside the home. My husband is one of a handful of dads I know who gets up in the middle of the night more frequently than I do to rock and feed the baby. He’s one of few men I know primarily responsible for laundry and cleaning toilets. It’s because he takes equal responsibility for the children that, despite the vomit and the poo and the crying and the razor sharp nails, and the horrible nine months of being a vessel to what frequently seems like a parasite, I may just contemplate having another one. Consider it my -- or should I say our -- contribution to the nation’s economy.

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Riverside South resident Chief Kenny Blacksmith was one of three Diamond Jubilee recipients honoured at a ceremony on Dec. 13. Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre recognized three “heroes for history” at Watson’s Mill and Blacksmith was awarded for his work towards bring “reconciliation, healing and unity” through his non-profit organization, Gathering Nations International.

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EMC news - It was a historic night in Manotick as three passionate advocates were recognized for preserving the past for the sake of the future. Winston Churchill expert Ron Cohen, Osgoode township military historian Coreen Atkins-Sheldrick and native peoples reconciliation advocate Chief Kenny Blacksmith all received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal on Thursday, Dec. 13, during a ceremony in the Carriage Shed near Watson’s Mill. There, “heroes for history” were honoured, Poilievre said, because they are fulfilling an important job of keeping our past alive. “Civilization is hundreds of generations long, but only two or three generations deep,” Poilievre told the crowd. “All the value and knowledge we’ve learned from our ancestors can be lost if even one generation fails to pass it along to the next.” Chief Kenny Blacksmith was recognized for his years of work to bring reconciliation, healing and unity to people, nations, churches and

governments through his nonprofit organization Gathering Nations International. He and his wife Louise worked with a national coalition of aboriginal groups across Canada to respond to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology to students of Indian residential schools, which culminated in the National Forgiven Summit in 2010. The Riverside South resident was born in the Cree nation of Mistissini in Northern Quebec, but has lived in Ottawa South for more than 20 years. He said the medal is only possible because of the team behind him. “I receive this in honour of everyone who has worked with us over the years,” he said. Blacksmith said winning a medal in the name of the British monarchy is an example of two cultures working together. “There’s a history with Canada and England, and that is part of the reconciliation,” he said. “We’re going to understand one another. We’re just excited we can be part of the healing in our nation.” The second recipient, At-

kins-Sheldrick, was recognized for her tireless work to research and restore the cenotaph in Metcalfe. While writing a comprehensive book about Osgoode Township’s military history, she realized that four fallen soldiers are missing from the township’s World War 1 memorial outside the old Metcalfe town hall. Bringing this to Poilievre’s attention, the Fallen But Not Forgotten campaign was launched to raise money and amend the memorial. The work was completed at the beginning of November, and rededicated in time for Remembrance Day. “She has dedicated countless hours to ensure that their memory goes on,” Poilievre said. Atkins-Sheldrick said she was in “absolute shock” when she received notice of the award. “It’s such an honour and to be included in this group with all the others, it’s a once in a lifetime gift,” she said. The Castor Valley Elementary School librarian is continuing her research to confirm if another 10 names should be added to the first and second world war memo-

rials as well. The third hero for history was Ron Cohen, a world-renowned Winston Churchill historian who keeps his extensive Churchill collection and library above the garage at his home in Manotick. The co-founder of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa owns copies of all 58 books authored by the famous British prime minister, some in up to six languages. He also has a large collection of Churchill memorabilia, personal letters and speeches, some of which was placed on display on Parliament Hill last year. Poilievre said remembering leaders like Winston Churchill is important for our future. “If we don’t remember leaders like Winston Churchill, we won’t have leaders like Winston Churchill in the future,” he said. Cohen couldn’t agree more. “What’s past is prologue,” said Cohen, who was in England when he was told of the award. “You don’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.”


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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


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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 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.


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Steve Desroches Deputy Mayor Councillor, Gloucester-South Nepean OFFICIAL NAMING OF DIAMOND JUBILEE PARK | BY GOVERNOR GENERAL I was pleased to recently host an event marking the ofďŹ cial naming of Diamond Jubilee Park by Governor General David Johnston this past week. The City of Ottawa, as Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, has long had a special relationship with the Royal Family and the naming of the new park in honour of Her Majestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diamond Jubilee serves as a permanent commemoration of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worldwide celebrations that are currently taking place. It is ďŹ tting for a capital city such as Ottawa to name streets and parks that tie into our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage. Located in the Findlay Creek community, the park features such amenities as junior and senior play structure areas, splash pad, skateboard park, boarded rink/ multipurpose hard-court area with basketball hoops, pathways, and a ďŹ tness trail. The naming of the park is a tremendous honour for the Findlay Creek community and is appropriate given the size and scope of this wonderful central park which will be used by many residents throughout the South Ottawa region.


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The name also provides a touch point for our local youth to learn more about and understand our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage and our special status as the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital.

Clean water programs celebrate 10 years in Ottawa EMC news - The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is celebrating 10 years of partnership with rural landowners. The conservation authority and its many partners gathered at its headquarters in Manotick on Thursday, Dec. 13 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rideau Valley rural clean water program and the city stream watch program. The city program, which is funded by the municipality, has been run by the RVCA since 2005. The Rideau Valley program has been running for 10 years. The city stream watch program relies on volunteers to document habitat conditions and conduct shoreline cleanups along urban tributaries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city stream watch program and the rural clean water program are shining examples of grassroots stewardship, co-operation and

community engagement in conservation,â&#x20AC;? Graham told the crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great day to look back and reďŹ&#x201A;ect on 10 years of exceptional work.â&#x20AC;? Capital Coun. David Chernushenko, who sits on the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors, paid a visit to the celebration and congratulated the thousands of volunteers who have helped make the programs possible. The authority also administers two rural clean water grant programs, one inside the city of Ottawa and one in Rideau Valley. Both programs offer technical advice and ďŹ nancial support to rural landowners and farmers to help them protect surface and ground water quality on their properties. Program manager Derek Matheson said the program was originally designed to help farmers who were implementing best practices on their land. It has since evolved to include grant opportunities for











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I would like to thank all those residents who were able to donate to the 28th Annual OC Transpo Christmas Food Drive at local Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, and Your Independent Grocer stores on Saturday, December 8th. With your generosity this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food drive brought in an incredible 170,000 pounds of food and over $12,000 to help those in need in the Ottawa community.



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I would like to thank Cake It Up! Bakery in Riverside South for donating a fantastic Christmas themed Angry Birds cake and cupcakes for the City of Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Cheer fundraiser here at City Hall last week. The cake was a tremendous hit and helped raise funds for a good cause.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delightful to be part of a program that gets RVCA staff working closely with rural landowners,â&#x20AC;? said Ken Graham, chairman of the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors, at the anniversary party. Between the two rural programs, $1.4 million in grant money has been distributed to 964 projects, with the total work valued at more than $7.8 million.



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non-farming rural landowners, and the city program also offers well decommissioning and support for urban farm projects. Both programs help build runoff buffers, livestock fencing to keep cows away from clean water, and proper septic systems. They also assist with nutrient management and erosion control.

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From my family to yours, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. At this time of year, we all take a moment to look back at the blessings in our lives and I would like to thank you all for the honour to serve you at city hall. I look forward to renewing friendships, meeting new acquaintances and working together in 2013. I wish all the best to all of you this holiday season.

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The name also has a strong connection with both the military and police service personnel as they both take an oath to Canada and its sovereign. The Findlay Creek community has a large number of military families and police personnel because of the close proximity of CFS Leitrim and the Leitrim Police Station.

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Greely country club honours long-time volunteer Emma Jackson

EMC news - Greely’s fiddle and country club honoured one of its longest-standing members at their monthly dance on Dec. 7. Bonnie Mackie was surprised with an engraved jewelry box to thank her for her many years of service to the East Osgoode and District Old Time Music and Dancing Association, including six years as president. “She’s done a lot of work for the club,” said president John Miller, who helped organize the recognition. “She worked really hard at it; more effort than I think most would do.” Mackie said the gift was a touching surprise. “I had no idea it was coming,” Mackie said. “I really appreciate it, but for what I do I really don’t expect anything.” The Riverside South resident, who was born in Carlsbad Springs and lived in Metcalfe for more than 40 years, was one of the first to join the club with her husband, brother and several friends when it opened in 1976. She has been involved ever since. The monthly dances are a throwback to the country shindigs many people grew up attending in villages outside the city, with live fiddle

music and a chance to dance and have fun with friends. On the first Friday of every month, as many as 30 musicians play four sets at the Greely Community Centre while members enjoy a drink or two and dance the night away. The goal is always to simply make it fun, welcoming and a positive evening out for patrons. Mackie said the club was so much fun, it inspired her to pick up instruments she hadn’t touched since she was a child. Now she plays guitar or keyboard “as needed” every month, and makes rounds to the Osgoode Township Care Centre, Kemptville’s Bayfield Manor and Extendicare Starwood in Nepean to play for the residents. “They all enjoy the country music,” Mackie said. “There’s something about fiddle music that brings them to life,” Mackie said. Those gigs and her involvement with the club have helped her create a wide network of musicians and friends. “It’s been great over the years,” Mackie said. “I’ve met a lot of great people, a lot of lasting friendships. It has filled a big void in my life also.” Mackie joined the executive in 1997, with her husband and then her brother at the helm as president. When her husband died,


Riverside South resident Bonnie Mackie was honoured for her years of volunteer work at the East Osgoode music and dancing club’s monthly dance on Dec. 7. she continued on the executive and became president in 2005. She gave that up in 2011, but has stayed on as past-president and continues to organize the musicians every month. Mackie said she is very proud of the club and how it has progressed since the 1990s. While membership has been cut in half since

she joined in the 1970s, the monthly dances are still packed every month and the club’s finances are in good shape. Of course, Mackie said she does not deserve all the credit for keeping the club afloat, and said the executive has been an excellent team for many years.

She said the club will have to evolve to make up for declining numbers, as aging members die or are unable to participate. “There aren’t as many coming in as are going out,” she said. Changes will likely include efforts to bring young people into the club.

“New country, that could be coming. It’s a good thing. Everything has to change, and we have to go along with the times.” The East Osgoode old time music and dancing association meets the first Friday of every month at the Greely Community Centre, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

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OSU’s ‘Zoom’ Langwa Moving On To Toronto FC Academy Much like the club feels reciprocally, Ndzemdzela “Zoom” Langwa is sad to be leaving Ottawa South United, but can’t help but feel excited for what the future holds. The OSU Force player of eight years will be moving to Toronto over the winter break, where he’ll join the Toronto FC youth academy. “I’m excited. It’s a great opportunity and I hope I get a lot from it,” smiles Langwa, who admits he was surprised the pro club selected him after attending a trial this past sum- mer. “I didn’t think they’d actually ask me.” One man who isn’t the slightest bit surprised is Abe Osman, his coach this past season with the Force U14 boys’ Ontario Youth Soccer League team. “He’s an outstanding player – one of the best I’ve seen in a long time,” Osman says. “We showed him a little bit, but he’s got a lot of natural talent. He’s blessed with a lot of skill.” Langwa sticks out on the pitch compared to others immediately simply due to his physique, and it surely only takes a moment longer before he makes a big impact on the game. The left-footed striker co-led the OYSL in scoring this season with 22 goals in 16 games. It didn’t hurt that four of those markers came in a game against Brampton East – who allowed more than one goal on just four other occasions all season – when a TFC scout was watching. “Some games against provincial players – we’re not talking just the average, regular defender – he man- handled them,” Osman highlights, praising Langwa’s relentless work ethic. “He was manhandling guys in our age group and he was manhandling guys when he got called up to the older age group.“Zoom had an incredible year.” Langwa will live with the family of a team- mate from Toronto once he moves there, and will train at TFC’s new $17.5 million facility in Downsview Park. “It’s a really big change. My parents didn’t really want me to move,” laughs Langwa, explaining that eventually they decided it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. “I’d like to play professional. That’s my life goal really.” The Grade 9 Sacred Heart Catholic High School student carries many great memories from his time with OSU, including his team’s undefeated campaign last year where they won the East Region Soccer League and the ER Cup. “If I didn’t play with TFC, I’d be playing with those guys,” he underlines. “They’re a great group of guys and a lot of fun to be around.” Langwa also feels thankful for the role OSU played in his development. “It’s a great club. There’s a lot of great coaches,” he says, signaling his appreciation to general manager Jim Lianos for helping to create the link to TFC. “Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” OSU President Bill Michalopulos was pleased for both Langwa and the club as a whole to see his development into an elite talent. “Zoom is unique. He exemplifies a lot about what OSU is. He’s a competitor, he’s determined,” Michalopulos states. “This is also a testament of OSU’s hard work in showcasing our players and providing them the best possible technical programs to help Zoom and all our players reach their maximum potential. The club is very proud.”


Grey Christmas The Grey Mayors, a group of former area mayors that served prior to amalgamation, along with Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney, performed a variety of Christmas carols at the Beacon Heights Retirement Residence on Dec. 13. From left, Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, Tierney, Claudette Cain, Watson and Mayor Jim Watson sing.

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How silently how silently, The wonderous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heaven. No ear may hear His coming; But in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive Him, still The dear Christ enters in. O Holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin, and enter in; Be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel.

Sing, choirs of angels Sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above “Glory to God In the highest”; O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.


Hark the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King,” Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies, With the angelic host, proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem.” (Refrain) Hark, the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King.”

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No more let sins and sorrows grow Nor thorns infest the ground, He comes to make his blessings flow Far as the curse is found. He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness And wonders of His love.

Hail, the heaven born Prince of peace! Hail, the Son o Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings, Mild He lays His glory by Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la la. ’Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la. Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la la la la la la la. Troll the ancient Yuletide carole, Fa la la la la la la la la.


See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la la la la la. Strike the harp and join the chorus, Fa la la la la la la la la. Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la la la la la. While I tell the Yuletide treasure, Fa la la la la la la la la.




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Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns, Let men their sons employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy.


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Joy to the world! the Lord is come Let earth receive her King Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing.

Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord, Late in time behold Him Come, Offspring of a virgin’s womb, Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail, the incarnate Deity, Pleased as Man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel!

We wish you a merry Christmas, We wish you a merry Christmas, We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. (Refrain) Good tidings we bring to you and your kin; We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


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For Christ is born of Mary; And gathering all above, While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wondering love. O morning stars, together Proclaim the holy birth, And praises sing to God the King, And peace to men on earth.

O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem Come and behold Him Born, the King of Angels; O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

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O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by; Yet in the dark streets shineth The everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight.

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Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright; Round yon Virgin Mother and Child, Holy Infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night! Holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight; Glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah. Christ, the Saviour is born! Christ, the Saviour is born!




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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose And if you ever saw it you would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names, They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games.

Now the ground is white, Go it while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re young, Take the girls tonight, And sing the sleighing song. Just get a bob-tailed nag, Two forty for his speed, Then hitch him to an open sleigh, And crack! youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take the lead.

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More delays for kennel rules City must go back to the drawing board: rural councillors Laura Mueller

EMC news - The city’s rural councillors are telling staff to go back to the drawing board again because a proposed kennel bylaw still isn’t up to snuff. West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry called for the delay on Dec. 6, when the city’s agriculture and rural affairs committee was set to receive a revised version of the policy, which is intended to harmonize the amalgamated city’s rules regulating the boarding and breeding of dogs and cats. El-Chantiry still wasn’t happy with the amount of consultation with people who would be affected by the rules. “It seems more and more we’re learning different things from different stakeholders, so I want to make sure we have time to catch up with most of the folks we need to discuss (it) with,” El-Chantiry said. “(The delay is) to give them a little bit more time and do it

right.” Staff already had two additional months to work on the policy. El-Chantiry asked for it to be delayed in October, when almost 200 people packed the Greely Community Centre and more than 20 people spoke to tell councillors about all the problems with the policy as it was proposed. For one thing, the city would be asking many rural dog owners to fly under the radar if it passes new kennel and breeding rules, Kinburn resident Tim Pychyl told councillors on Oct. 4. Pychyl, who owns eight sled dogs, pleaded with the committee to include people like him – recreational pet owners who have more than three dogs. Under the rules staff drafted on Oct. 4, people who have more than three dogs or five cats for breeding or showing must apply for a new permit: an in-home breeding licence. There is a separate licence proposed for commercial kennels or boarding operations. On Oct. 4, a last-minute change was proposed to address Pychyl’s concern and allow people who own a larger number of pets for recreational reasons – including sledding or agility – to apply for an in-home breeding licence, but Pychyl said that’s not good enough. “It’s a principle thing,” he

said. “It’s about being part of a city that understands what we’re doing.” “I can assure you one size does not fit all,” El-Chantiry said. “If you live in an apartment in the Glebe or if you live on 150 acres in West Carleton, I think we have to see there is a little bit of difference in the process.” VETS EXEMPT

City staff came under fire from the audience on Oct. 4 for exempting veterinarians from the kennel rules. Patrick Hunt, who breeds Irish setters in North Gower, received applause at that meeting when he said the vet exemption needs to be changed. Many veterinary clinics operate a boarding kennel as a side business, but they are not required to get a licence or pay a fee for that kennel and the new rules would continue that exemption. “They shouldn’t be exempt because they’re professionals,” Hunt said. City bylaw chief Linda Anderson said boarding operations at vet clinics are “traditionally” used to house animals after operations, or for temporary care of animal patients. That declaration elicited a loud boo from the crowd and with direction from the committee, Anderson said she would take another look at that aspect of the rules.


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Architect eyes neighbourhood unity with new LRT stations Integrating sites into the surrounding area is one of architectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top considerations Laura Mueller

EMC news - Ottawa architect Ritchard Brisbinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream of designing lightrail terminals that feel like part of their neighbourhoods enthralled city councillors at a recent council meeting. Brisbin captured the imagination of councillors before they voted to recommend Rideau Transit Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lightrail plan during a Dec. 12 meeting of council as committee-of-the whole. After the meeting, only one hurdle remained: the final city council vote scheduled for Dec. 19, after this newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;gorgeousâ&#x20AC;? design is what will cinch communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support for the LRT system, said Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs. Most of the councillors applauded the architectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision, which is also on display in the city at the new downtown convention centre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(I wanted to) design for riders to take ownership of the stations, to feel comfortable and feel like

itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of their neighbourhood,â&#x20AC;? Brisbin told councillors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban design is absolutely essentialâ&#x20AC;Ś (we) resolved (the urban design) before we did any of the architecture.â&#x20AC;? Art will be an important part of the stations and it will be used to tell stories about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, Brisbin said. The city has a large collection of archival art that can be used in LRT stations to tell the capitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, Brisbin said. The materials and colours used in the stations are meant to reflect the area, too. A colour scheme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gatineau in the fallâ&#x20AC;? and ice was part if his inspiration. Brisbin said he took those colours and wrapped them into a concept based on Japanese paper folding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Japanese can make paper tell you just about anything they want it to,â&#x20AC;? Brisbin said. The flat, folded and angled station roofs deliver a message thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consistent from station to station about where the entrance is and the passenger flow direction inside the terminal. Inside, the stations will be


Ottawa architect Ritchard Brisbin of BBB Architects said he wants the light-rail stations he has designed to be welcoming, comfortable places that feel like part of their surrounding neighbourhoods. warm and comfortable, filled with ash wood and lots of â&#x20AC;&#x153;lanternâ&#x20AC;?-type lighting. Brisbin likened the atmosphere to being inside a cabin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want the design to have cachet, to encourage people to make transit a lifestyle choice,â&#x20AC;? he said. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;vast majorityâ&#x20AC;? of ad-

ditional public art that will be commissioned for the stations will be focused on functionality, said deputy city manager Nancy Schepers. The art should be dual purpose: it can provide lighting, seating areas or other functions in addition to beautifying the stations, she said.

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Encouraging cyclists to use the light-rail system was a key point of discussion and most councillors werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very happy with the answers they were getting. While a report from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommended rail builder, Rideau Transit Group, states that bicycles can be brought aboard the trains, Schepers said bikes wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be permitted on the trains in their busy morning and afternoon commuter peak hours. That disappointed local advocacy group Citizens for Safe Cycling. Vice president Alex deVries said the move would be a step backwards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today, any bus that has rack-and-roll will take your bike,â&#x20AC;? deVries said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That service on the Transitway is being replaced with a service that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer this.â&#x20AC;? The issue of bike parking was also a hot topic for councillors. Even Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder, who isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very vocal on the topic of cycling, said the 300 bike

parking spaces planned for the 13 stations wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be enough. Schepers agreed that 300 spaces is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;very conservative number.â&#x20AC;? The plans will identify space that can be used to expand bike parking in the future, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope that demand will continue to grow and they will have to expand bike parking quickly,â&#x20AC;? she said. DeVries said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encouraging to hear that even suburban councillors are pushing for more bike parking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe that 300 spots are going to be enough for 13 stations,â&#x20AC;? he said. DeVries said Citizens for Safe Cycling has also been pushing for secure bicycle lockers that frequent cyclists could rent, but so far, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not part of the plan. The stations will also feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;runnelsâ&#x20AC;?: troughs along staircases that allow cyclists to wheel their bikes up and down stairs. Elevators are â&#x20AC;&#x153;full-sizedâ&#x20AC;? and will be large enough to hold bikes, confirmed rail office manager John Jensen. R0011819957

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New program creates a bridge for teens in crisis Integrated mental-health services will get youth the help they need – outside the hospital Laura Mueller

EMC news - A new program will offer a path for families of youth suffering from a mental health crisis. Called the Bridges Project, the new program will bring services from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa Public Health, the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and the Youth Services Bureau to form a treatment team that can provide intensive treatment program for teens – outside a hospital setting. The program will ensure the appropriate services are offered directly to teens in crisis, instead of the current process, which leaves families in crisis searching for the right way to access services, said Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley. Hubley’s son Jamie took his own life in the fall of 2011. For the councillor, this shift in the relationship between families and service providers is huge. “It changes the dynamic

around,” Hubley said. “We were out there running around trying to find help. Now what’s going to happen is all the agencies are going to come to the families and say, “This is the kind of help you need to get and we can refer you.” The program is geared towards the most vulnerable youth from ages 12 to 18. The target group represents the most repeat visits to the hospital emergency room and community-based mental health crisis services. They have the most complex needs and the most complicated admissions to mental-health units. “At the time, when you’re in a crisis like that, all your worried about is your child’s health,” Hubley said. “The reality is, before this program people would have to be trying to think of where they are going to go to try and get help and what kind of help you need.” Alex Munter, president and chief executive officer of CHEO, stated in a press release that Ottawa is seeing unprecedented demand for


Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley and Alex Munter, CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, were on hand for the announcement of the Bridges Project. The new program will bring together mental-health service providers to provide integrated care for youth to help them recover at home instead of at a hospital. mental health services. “It is not just the number of cases that is increasing, but also the severity of these cases,” he stated. “Our goal with this program is to completely change the trajectory of young peoples’ lives, forever altering both their physical and mental health as well as their life ex-

pectations. The Champlain Local Health Integration Network will provide half a million dollars in annual funding to run the integrated treatment program, which is expected to make youth mental-health intervention more streamlined and cost-effective.

Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi praised the partnership between service providers. “This program has the capacity to identify and respond to the needs of high risk youth in Ottawa and ultimately, has the potential to save lives, reduce the use of hospital beds, and build community capac-

ity,” he stated. By providing services outside the hospital, not only are hospital beds freed up, but youth in crisis can maintain some normalcy in their lives by staying at home and accessing services in the community, according to the press release.




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Portion of Presland Road institution gets torn down Community still waits for site plan review

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

During this Christmas and holiday season, I am reflecting about everyone who has made 2012 so remarkable. I have especially cherished spending time with my husband Paul and our families, our friends, co-workers and River Ward neighbours. I am grateful for our valued relationships and I look forward to connecting with you next year.

Michelle Nash

EMC news - Demolition of the convent buildings on Presland Road has begun drawing a great deal of concern from the surrounding community. The application for demolition of the institutional buildings at 145 Presland Rd. was issued on Oct. 5 and began on Dec. 3. The property was a convent that housed a Roman Catholic order of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary and Overbrook Community Association president Sheila Perry said, the community was not happy to see any demolition occur before a site plan has been approved. “It is always a shock to see something go down that has been an institution in your community,” Perry said. “Working with the city is really important to us and our focus is on the site plan application.” Unlike the other building on the site at 127 Presland, the city confirmed the demolition of the institutional building is not subject to a demolition control application or a site plan. The current site plan application for 127 Presland is on hold. The community isn’t opposed to the redevelopment of the convent site, but some contend that the apartment building proposed for the site is too different from the existing homes in the neighbourhood. The community, Perry, said has been keeping a close eye

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Demolition of the institutional building at 145 Presland Rd. began on Dec. 3. An application to build a U-shaped building on the site is currently on hold at the city. on this project with hopes of working with the developers to see something go up at the site that the community could support. But she said hope has been waning since the rezoning of the building. “As soon as you zone it for something larger, you are dead in the water,” Perry said. City council voted to approve rezoning of the property in May 2011, reducing the height allowance for the complex to five stories on the north side of the building and six storeys on the east side. In exchange for making the Ushaped building shorter in the portions abutting its neighbouring homes, the side closest to the Vanier Parkway will rise from 10 to 15 stories. The changes will reduce

the number of units in the complex from 307 to 299. Perry said what’s done is done, but it is important to the community to continue to work with the developer and the city planner on this development but that too is leaving them feeling frustrated. The group, she said, will be working with its fourth city planner, Bliss Edwards, since the initial plans were presented in 2010. “We have had one planner after another,” Perry said. “We feel we have been shifted and shifted.” The site plan for the property has been on hold since September 2012. The city said they are waiting for re-submission of the application. “There were some engineering concerns about the

application and the city is awaiting the revised plans,” city spokeswoman Jocelyn Turner wrote in an email. The community also has a lot of questions surrounding the construction of a new building on the property, including water and sewage concerns, traffic, the crossing signal at Presland Road and the Vanier Parkway that connects the east side of Overbrook with the west side. The association, Perry said will hold a meeting in the new year concerning this development. “It is important to make sure everyone is informed. That is our duty as an association,” she said. The city confirmed representatives would attend the meeting.



At my Christmas Lights Tour for River Ward Seniors on Friday, December 7, 2012, I randomly selected two residents who submitted entries for the River Ward Recipe Round Up: Christmas Cookies and Holiday Goodies. Congratulations to Donna Covey and Ray & Georgiette Naufal. I look forward to tasting both of these delicious treats. If you would like the recipe for Donna’s Tropical Bars or Ray & Georgiette’s Lebanese Shortbread, please visit my website at Watch for the next edition of the River Ward Recipe Round Up! City Service Closures for the Holidays As we prepare to join with our loved ones over the Christmas and holiday season, I would like to remind you that most City services are closed on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 (Christmas Day), Wednesday, December 26, 2012 (Boxing Day) and Tuesday, January 1, 2013 (New Year’s Day). There is no collection of green bin, recycling and garbage on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 or Tuesday, January 1, 2012. Recycling, green bin and garbage collection schedules are delayed by one day for the remainder of the week, with regular Friday collections taking place on Saturday. Ottawa City Hall and all Client Service Centres are closed. The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention. OC Transpo is operating on a reduced schedule from December 23, 2012 to January 5, 2013. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, service will operate on a Sunday schedule and on Boxing Day, a Saturday schedule will be in place. For holiday schedules, including hours for OC Transpo Sales & Information Centres, please phone 613-741-4390 or visit Recreation facilities are operating on modified schedules during the holiday season, including modified swimming, skating and fitness schedules. Most recreation facilities are closed and public swimming, public skating, aqua fitness and fitness classes are cancelled on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library are closed. A complete list of closures is available at

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Community groups call for planning reforms Laura Mueller

EMC news - Thirty-three community associations from across Ottawa are calling for reforms to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning department. Led by the Hintonburg Community Association, the groups are calling for four changes to the way the planning department, city councillors and the development industry interact. The suggestions include banning the city from hiring private consultants to process development applications, preventing city planners from making rezoning promises during pre-consultation meetings, banning campaign contributions and gifts from the development industry to councillors and updating the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comprehensive zoning bylaw so that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in line with the Official Plan. But planning committee chairman Coun. Peter Hume said the city and the community groups are on the same page and the city is already working towards the changes being requested. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reinforcing exactly what we said we were going to do at the planning summit,â&#x20AC;? Hume said. Creating certainty about zoning and bringing zoning in line with the Official Plan are two topics Hume has been hammering on since the April 26 summit, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see here that there is anything where the city is incredibly divergent,â&#x20AC;? Hume said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In fact, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re please that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here supporting the initiatives that are already underway.â&#x20AC;?

There was one instance where a planner may have crossed the line and â&#x20AC;&#x153;remedies and repercussionsâ&#x20AC;? applied, Hume said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been cases where a planner has been told that the approach that was taken in a particular application was inappropriate and should not be continued,â&#x20AC;? Hume said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to do it anymore,â&#x20AC;? Hume said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Period. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the policy.â&#x20AC;? Still, the fact that so many community groups around the city, from Kanata to Rockcliffe, did support the reforms in the letter speaks to the prevalence of the issues, said Gerry Holt of the Kanata-Beaverbrook Community Association. Most of the associations are concentrated in the urban area and west end. A couple of the groups are citywide: the Greenspace Alliance of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital and the Federation of Citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Associations, which supported the Hintonburg group in its push. Several member associations of the federation either didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to the request to support reforms or replied saying they chose not to support the letter, including the Vanier Community Association and the Riverside South Community Association. The Glebe Community Association is supporting a slightly altered version of the letter that expands on the campaign contribution point, basically saying Ottawa should follow the model of Toronto. The basic message of the letter the 33 groups are sending to city hall is there is â&#x20AC;&#x153;way too cozy of a relationshipâ&#x20AC;? between the city and the development industry, Baltz said.

Coun. Katherine Hobbs, who represents Hintonburg in Kitchissippi ward, received 70 per cent of her campaign contributions from companies or individuals connected to the development industry, according to the community associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s analysis. Hume said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see much merit in banning those types of contributions because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a transparent process and electors can see exactly who donated to a campaign. Some councillors, such as Capital Coun. David Chernushenko, choose to turn down those types of donations. MINI PLANNING SUMMIT

The Hintonburg Community Association has spent several months co-ordinating a joint forum discussion about how to update the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comprehensive zoning bylaw. That bylaw indicates the specifications of what can be built on each parcel of land across the entire city and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to reflect the broad objectives contained in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Official Plan, such how much intensification the city wants to see in urban wards. The forum is expected to be held in February, but no firm date has been set. The city has been very open about the fact that its comprehensive zoning bylaw doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t conform to the Official Plan, Hume said, and one of the main goals of a current update to the Official Plan is to bring those two things in line. The Official Plan update is set to be completed in 2014, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely that lengthy appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board will follow.


Ho ho ho! Magnus Muirhead, 4, centre, can barely contain his excitement as he waits to see Santa at the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas party. He was all smiles when he finally got his chance to get up close with Saint Nick with his sisters Francesca, 6, left, and Charlotte, 10, right. The mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12th annual Christmas celebration was held at city hall on Dec. 8 and included visits with both Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Beavertails, ice skating, crafts, entertainment and cookie decorating.

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Vanier association announces budget goals for 2013 Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first set of financial priorities Michelle Nash

EMC news - Residents of Vanier can expect to see an increase in fundraising initiatives by the community association in the new year. Treasurer Dan Shipley addressed the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget priorities at the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday meeting on Dec. 11. This is the first time the Vanier Community Association has created an operating budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year is significantly different from previous years because (in the past) there has been no money and people worked really hard to make things work,â&#x20AC;? Shipley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we are entering a period of change; we have many new members and new visibility. We need to become more involved with our budget and our fundraising priorities.â&#x20AC;? The three goals are: * To quantify the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals and priorities to ensure they are financially sound * To take ownership of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraising requirements * To expand the governance capacity of the board and committee chairs The operating budget for the upcoming year calls for $2,480 more than the association currently has in its bank

account. A few of the areas which need to be funded are the potential creation of a dog park in Vanier, flyers and resources to help build the membership base, activities and events, and a project to post information bulletin boards in all the parks in Vanier. One source of income for the association that has been discussed in the past is a membership fee. Membership fees can offer the association a source of income to host events or implement initiatives in the community, but unlike some community associations in Ottawa, there is currently no cost to join, making everyone who lives in Vanier a member. Since the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception in 2007, funding has come from only two sources: a donation from the councillorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and the Vanier Community Service Centre. Shipley said in order to get everything accomplished on the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priorities list, the group needs to fundraise. Suggestions included requesting donations from local politicians, ad hoc fundraising efforts and the Friends of Vanier program. In addition, the association has made an application for a


The Vanier Community Association held a holiday meeting at Todricâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant, 10 McArthur Rd. on Dec. 11. The meeting aimed to be fun and festive, but also addressed a number of the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda items, including the announcement of a new operating budget for the group. Better Neighbourhood Project grant thorough the city. Shipley said the impact of receiving this grant would be significant. But the community association is not the only neighbourhood organization that has moved ahead with fundraising efforts.

Vanier Beautification has for the past four months been selling I Love Vanier buttons. The $2 buttons were produced free of charge by the Vanier Community Resource Centre to help the group raise $300 to sponsor a box at the Vanier Community Garden. On Dec. 12, the group found out it has

sold 150, thereby reaching its goal. Because the buttons have been selling so well, the group decided to continue to sell them in an effort to raise money for other projects. A broader look at the community associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraising initiatives will take

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Winner of the $100 Farmer’s Pick Gift Cerificate was Elsie Quinn of Orleans Elsie was very happy to be one of our Contest winners this year.

Winner of the Sew For It Gift Certificate was Marie Barbier of Ottawa

Winner of the Lincoln Fields Prize was Marilyn Smith of Ottawa Marilyn received a T-Fal Actifry.

Ottawa Bagel Shop Gift Basket Winner Mary Bailey of North Augusta

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Winner of a $100.00 Gift Certificate Courtesy of Farmer’s Pick was Meng-Han Chi of Ottawa

Winner of one of the $100 Gift Certificates Courtesy of Farmers Pick was Elena Mokdad of Kanata

Winner of the Tag Along Toys Gift Certificate was Mark Sullivan of Ottawa Which will come in very handy for Christmas.

Winner of the Westgate Shopping Centre Prize was Sandra Graham of Woodlawn, accepting the prize from Dave Pennett our Ottawa West Sales Rep Sandra was very excited to win this beautiful Mixer. Said it will come in handy with her baking.

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EXCELLENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT As December comes to an end, and our students are looking forward to the holidays, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take a few minutes to think about what has happened in public education over the past few months. What seems to be top of mind, for all of us, is the strike that has affected our elementary and high schools â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a strike that was brought on by the Ontario Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing of the controversial Bill 115. This is what the media focuses on, but so much more is happening in our schools.


City council is expected to approve the construction of a 12- and six-storey building near the southwest corner of the Bronson Avenue/Carling Avenue intersection following approval by planning committee last week.

Sales centre request follows condo proposal Steph Willems

EMC news - The area of Bronson Avenue and Carling Avenue is likely to see new residents following a decision by the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning committee. The committee last week approved a 12 and six-storey condo development for two lots at 774 Bronson Ave. and 551 Cambridge St. South, and council is expected to approve it this Wednesday. Previous zoning for the two lots allowed for the construction of nine-storey buildings on both, but as a compromise the developer - Samcon Urban

Redevelopment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; reduced the height on Cambridge to mitigate the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effect on neighbours, while increasing the height on the Bronson lot. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said he approves of the development thanks to the agreements worked out between the developer and the Dowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lake Community Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reasonable compromise,â&#x20AC;? said Chernushenko. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The developer and community association worked together on this. I give a thumbs-up to the process and willingness to engage and come to an agreement. We need to see more of this (in Ottawa).â&#x20AC;?

One of the agreements concerned the entry points to the propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shared parking garage, which will have access from both Bronson and Cambridge. Chernushenko said that Bronson will be the main entry and exit point for the two buildings, something the city will have to ďŹ nd a way of enforcing. That stretch of Cambridge is narrow and currently sees little vehicle trafďŹ c. The city has received a demolition control proposal to permit a sales centre in advance of construction of the two buildings, which would contain street-level commercial space in the Bronson

tower. 774 Bronson currently contains a walk-up apartment and ground-level businesses, while 551 Cambridge St. contains a two-storey ofďŹ ce and residential building. The proposed 180 unit development would contain underground parking for 158 vehicles, 36 of them for visitors. The Bronson tower would rise from a four-storey podium, while the top two ďŹ&#x201A;oors of the Cambridge building would be set back to reduce its impact on neighbouring properties. The application for the demolition control proposal is scheduled to be considered by planning committee on Feb. 28. R0011801272

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INNOVATION IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION On another front, our public Board is developing innovative approaches to achieving ďŹ rst class education. I believe it is critical for us to educate our students to be able to thrive in an international context. I am excited by a pilot program that began this year to create an international certiďŹ cate for high school students. This certiďŹ cate requires that students take courses and prepare summatives that have an international element, and be involved in international activities in Ottawa and abroad. The program is run by the Board and the Ottawa Carleton Education Network (OCENET), and is a perfect ďŹ t for todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy and society. OCENET also brings international students to our schools, including BrookďŹ eld, and this enhances the learning experience for everyone. For more information visit

ALWAYS AT YOUR SERVICE Looking ahead to the New Year, there likely will be ups and downs in the labour relations climate. You can stay informed by visiting the Director of Educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s labour relations update at But please be assured that I will continue to work hard for the students, parents, schools and community in River Zone. Please do not hesitate to contact me at or by calling me at 613-851-4716. I wish you and your loved ones a happy and restful holiday season, and my very best wishes for the New Year. G%%&&-%',(.$&''%

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EMC news - The city might expand nearby roads instead of extending Hope Side Road after a study revealed the environmental impacts are too great. City and NCC ofďŹ cials are looking at changing the scope of environment assessments to study two proposed extensions of Hope Side Road: one from Richmond Road to Moodie Drive, and another from Moodie Drive to Highway 416. Instead of only considering how the roads could be extended, the studies will also look at the possibility of expanding other roads instead. The road extensions are among 10 transportation projects the city and NCC have agreed should be rethought or changed after a joint study revealed those projects would have a negative impact as they cross into the Greenbelt. There are 30 transportation projects planned within the Greenbelt in the next 20 years. While the individual projects might not seem too detrimental, when they are all added up over time, the environmental affects are greater, NCC transportation planner Arto Keklikian told the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation committee on Dec. 5. The recommendation comes from a joint study undertaken by the city and the NCC to look at 30 transportation projects, from road widenings to the construction of park-and-ride lots, to determine how they would change the ecological form and function of the Greenbelt. In addition to the two Hope Side Road projects, the following projects were identiďŹ ed as ones that are unacceptable to

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WaterCan relies on donations to its Gifts of Water campaign to build sanitary latrines and wells in developing countries. no shoes. We can make a small donation and give them something.” On the Gifts of Water campaign website, shoppers can buy a lifetime supply of clean water for a child for $25, or one foot of a shallow well for $40. Hygiene education materials for 30 students cost $50, and clean water for a family of four costs $100. Clean water for a village will take $1,100. While the buyer is purchasing a particular item, the money is going into the general campaign pot. Milner said it typically costs $25 to provide clean water for one person, so the gifts are designed with that cost in mind. But while the

gifts are pooled, Milner said the money is still going to the specific campaign rather than the organization’s general coffers. “It’s tied very much to our project, it doesn’t go into a general fund,” Milner said. “We like to think that’s an advantage over other symbolic gift campaigns.” The two hospitals are located in the Wakiso District of Uganda. The Ndejje and Kasanje health centres provide urgent care and emergency services, as well as basic surgeries. Major surgeries and emergencies are dealt with at district hospitals, Milner said. For more information or to donate, visit






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hat Christmas I was a year older and a lot wiser. I tried not to think of the past Christmas, when I found out there really wasn’t a Santa Claus. I had heard rustling in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve and crept down the stairs to see my sister Audrey eating the cookies I had left out for Santa, the kitchen table covered with tissue paper and gifts being wrapped not by Santa, but by Father. It was the year Mother had to spend the holiday in the Renfrew hospital and it was sad enough for me without discovering there was no Santa after all. I told no one what I had seen and kept the secret locked in my heart for the entire year. So that Christmas I tried to act excited -- it would spoil it for everyone if they thought I no longer believed in Santa Claus. I was told to be good or Santa would pass by our old log house in Northcote. Eat everything on your plate -you know Santa doesn’t like little girls who waste food. So it went all those days before Christmas and I kept the secret buried deep in my heart. Time and again Mother said money was scarcer than ever that year. Turkey

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories Fair day hadn’t been as good as other years with the Depression at its worst. But nonetheless I was told to write my letter to Santa. Audrey told me not to ask for anything that would be considered frivolous. “Remember, it isn’t only our family that is poor. Everyone in the entire world is poor,” Audrey said with conviction. “Santa won’t be able to bring everything you ask for, so be careful what you put in your letter.” Little did my sister know that my belief in Santa had come to an end a year ago, so pretending to be in deep concentration, I sat at the old pine table early in December and printed out my Christmas wishes in a letter to Santa. I wanted long white stockings just like my school rival Marguirite wore, I asked for a wood pencil box like my little friend Joyce had. But what I wanted more than anything in the whole world was a pair of storebought shoes. I had running

shoes for the summer, but in the winter I had to wear boys brown laced brogues. Mother didn’t have to buy them either: they came in the hand-me-down box Aunt Lizzie sent regularly from Regina. They were the ugliest shoes I had ever clapped eyes on. They were decidedly for boys and when they arrived, they looked like they had hardly been on anyone’s feet. I hated them, but I was the only one the shoes would fit. They were much too small for any of my three brothers and my sister Audrey, 11 years my senior, certainly couldn’t be expected to wear boys shoes to the Northcote School, so I was the one to get the despised shoes. So I put in my letter to Santa that I would be very grateful for a pair of storebought girl’s shoes and I underlined “girl’s.” I knew full well there was no Santa to read of my Christmas wish, but nonetheless I dutifully wrote the

letter, which Mother would make a great pretence of mailing at Briscoe’s General Store. All the time I knew asking for something as costly as store-bought shoes was an exercise in futility. I would be very lucky if I got a small toy from the Five and Dime Store in Renfrew. After all, hadn’t Mother warned us that it would be a lean Christmas that year? As Christmas day drew near, I didn’t know the excitement of previous years. Knowing what I did took a lot of the joy out of the holiday for me. Of course no one knew my feelings, having kept my secret for a year. Christmas morning chores had to be done, breakfasts eaten and we had to be dressed for church before we could go to the tree. As had been the custom for the past few years, the tree was in the kitchen rather than in the small parlour that was as cold as an ice house in the winter. Under the tree was an array of presents wrapped in green or red tissue paper and as usual Father took on the job of handing them out. There was a book for each of us. I have no idea where Mother got the money, but every Christmas and every birthday, we five children could count on getting a book. There was also a new

bright red ball for my game of Jacks. But then, wrapped in red paper, was my first pair of long white stockings. I was so thrilled, I paid no attention to the box Father put at my knee. I had never had white stockings before and I couldn’t wait until I could rip off the beige ribbed ones I had put on when I got dressed, because I would be wearing the white ones to church.

Lost in the joy of these new treasures, treasures I had never owned before, I wondered, maybe I was wrong. Maybe there was a Santa Claus after all.

care what they were called. I had my very first pair of store bought shoes. Mother looked as pleased as I felt, almost as if she were looking at them for the very first time. I didn’t stop admiring my Christmas gifts long enough to wonder where the money came from for new stockings and new shoes. I rubbed my hands over the soft leather of the pumps and put the stockings up to my nose to smell their newness. Lost in the joy of these new treasures, treasures I had never owned before, I wondered, maybe I was wrong. Maybe there was a Santa Claus after all. May I take this opportunity to wish everyone the most wonderful of Christmases. May all of you remember its true meaning, and rejoice with loved ones around you. Mary Cook

Father nudged the box towards me, but I was too excited about the white stockings to pay it much heed. Imagine – white stockings! Finally, I opened the box beside me and there inside was a brand new pair of store-bought shoes. Black leather with no laces! Audrey said they were called pumps, but I didn’t


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LRT forces parking lot in Lees Avenue ‘park’ Laura Mueller

EMC news - A plan to construct a temporary 362-space parking area in an Old Ottawa East green space has left residents reeling. The open space at 160 Lees Ave., which provides a recreational area for the 3,000 residents of neighbouring highrises and the Archville neighbourhood, is set to become both a staging area for construction of the city’s light-rail line and a temporary parking area for three to five years. The parking area is needed to fulfil the city’s legal obligation to replace parking that will be lost at the University of Ottawa campus when the city takes over two areas to stage construction for the light-rail system. Archville resident Christine Loth-Bown, who is leading the charge to have community input into the plan, said she and other neighbours are “quite shocked” at the increase in the number of spaces that will be provided in the temporary garage. “It’s a 30 per cent increase from what they’re taking away,” Loth-Bown said. Although plans for a parking area are dated August 2012, both the Old Ottawa East Community Association and Capital Coun. David


The city has plans to turn this green space at 160 Lees Ave. into a 362-space parking site and a construction staging area for the light-rail system.

beside it,” Loth-Bown said. “It’s quite a vibrant park and the heart of the community.” Although the lot at 160 Lees is used as a recreational area, it is not designated as a park. Rather, it is listed as “major open land.” The site has been in a holding pattern as it is slated to become part of the controversial Alta Vista transportation corridor. In addition to the play structure and open space, there is a nature trail running along the river at the back of the park, as well as a community garden that was just set up last year. Loth-Bown and other residents are convinced there must be a better spot for the parking area, but it’s unclear if any other locations were studied. The community was set to rally at a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Old Town Hall community centre at Main Street and Hawthorne Avenue to discuss the issue. DETAILS SCARCE

Chernushenko were kept in the dark on the plans until the first week of December. The city’s planning committee will need to approve the temporary parking during a January meeting, since it requires a rezoning. Chernushenko is opposed to the idea, but if a parking area must be built, he is requesting that it be done in stages so the

city can only build as much parking as is needed. “I think it’s inevitable that at least some of the staging area would be there,” the councillor said. “But to lose pretty much the whole thing … would be a real tragedy.” Chernushenko was concerned at the precedent set by the city’s lack of communication with the community re-

garding light-rail impacts. “Unfortunately, at this point the message is ‘We’ll only tell you and your councillor what you need to know at the last minute,’” he said. “The reality of the construction of light rail (is that) everybody is going to have to put up with some inconvenience and disruption to get it done. This may have to be their sacrifice for a few years in order to end up with this great LRT service in the long run.” DE FACTO PARK

The fact that the existing play structure will remain is no small comfort to Loth-Bown, whose one-year-old son uses the park almost daily. “It’s a lot less appealing with a parking garage right

Chernushenko found out about the project on Dec. 5 and waited for more information from city staff for two days before giving up and informing the community association with what little information he was provided. “It’s another example perhaps of fear of engaging with the community because perhaps you think it’s going to be unpopular,” Chernushenko said. “What people hate the most is being handed a plan that’s a done deal.” It’s unclear what other options the city might have explored. Staff has not provided that information to Chernushenko’s office and staff failed to respond to repeated requests from the EMC for that information. A summary of the univer-

sity’s memorandum of understanding with the city for the light-rail project indicates the city must compensate the University of Ottawa for the parking it will lose at Lot K, which will be reduced by 120 spaces and is located near the Campus Transitway stop. The lot has 177 spaces in total. A memo from city staff indicates the proposed parking area at 160 Lees Ave. would also compensate for 110 spaces being lost at Lot G4, adjacent to Lees Transitway station. That site is also planned to be used as a staging area for LRT construction. Chernushenko is worried that the 160 Lees Ave. replacement parking would be located too far away from the main campus. Chernushenko said he has been told the university plans to offer a shuttle between the 160 Lees Ave. parking lot and the main campus, but a university spokesperson refused to confirm that or discuss the parking proposal until it’s finalized by the city. “We might just find out that we’ve built a parking lot … and it’s half or more empty,” he said. Another issue is whether the parking area would be a parking lot or a garage. Chernushenko said he was told it would be a parking lot, but a memo from the city states: “The structure is still in conceptual design and we are consulting with the community, however the city is envisioning a parking structure capable of accommodate(ing) approximately 340 to 360 cars, similar in form to a park and ride.” The city has also agreed to provide daytime parking for university personnel at the Sandy Hill Arena for a year before the Lees lot is constructed.

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Invites you to our worship service with Rev. Dean Noakes Sundays at 11am 414 Pleasant Park Road 613 733-4886

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


Pleasant Park Baptist

Parkdale United Church


3191 Riverside Dr (at Walkley) (613)733-7735


Come Join Us: (Located corner of Breadner Blvd. and Deniverville Pvt.)

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

Sunday Services: Bible Study at 10:00 AM - Worship Service at 11:00 AM

Refreshments / fellowship following service


Protestant Worship with Sunday School 09:30 Roman Catholic Mass with Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Liturgy 11:15

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


Join us with friends and family on Dec. 23 for Gospel Carols at 10 am, Dec. 24 for our Family Service at 4:30pm, Dec. 24 for a Quiet Candlelight Christmas at 9pm, and Dec. 25 for a very Quiet Christmas at 9 am Dec. 30 for one service at 10 am for Lessons and Carols R0011821786



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The Canadian Forces Chaplain Services Military Chapel Sunday Services

The West Ottawa Church of Christ

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2112 Bel Air Drive (613) 224-0526

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Minister: James T. Hurd Everyone Welcome


St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

Sunday Worship - 10:00 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School

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

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

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

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

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Worship 10:30 Sundays

Christmas Eve Family Services 6:00 pm Contemporary Family Service 8:00 pm Traditional Candlelight Service.


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off 417 exit Walkey Rd. or Anderson Rd.

2400 Alta Vista Drive (613) 733 0131 Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School; Ample parking; OC Transpo route 8 A warm welcome awaits you. Minister: Alex Mitchell

Celebrating 14 years in this area!


Sunday, Dec 23 10:30am Sunday Services 10:30am Featuring music from the Polished Brass Quintet. Prayer Circle Tuesday at 11:30 Monday Dec 24 6:30 pm. Christmas Eve Service with Candles, Communion and Candle light. Rev. James Murray

Bethany United Church

St. Timothyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presbyterian Church

Come to Worship - Sunday 10:30 Bible Preaching, Hymn Singing & Friends

Dominion-Chalmers United Church

We are a small church in the city of Ottawa with a big heart for God and for people.

3150 Ramsayville Road

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


Tel: 613-731-0165 Email: Website:


Ottawa 1350 Walkley Road (Just east of Bank Street) Citadel Ottawa, ON K1V 6P6

Location: St. Thomas More Catholic School, 1620 Blohm Drive



Tel: (613) 276-5481; (613) 440-5481 1893 Baseline Rd., Ottawa (2nd Floor) Sunday Service 10.30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12.30pm Bible study / Night Vigil: Friday 10.00pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1.00am Website: E-mail:


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You are welcome to join us! Sunday 11:00am Worship & Sunday School Christmas Eve Service 6:30pm

Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate Chapel

Service Time: Sundays at 10:30 AM

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

Sunday Worship 10:30 am Christmas Eve Dec. 24th - 7:00pm


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Peace on earth Ottawa Public Healthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christina Semenchuk discusses stress busters with Lena Morin, a Grade 8 student at St. Joseph High School, during the Secondary Peace Conference 2012.


The Holy Trinity Catholic High School rhythm and blues band entertains students before the the Secondary Peace Conference 2012 at Scotiabank Place on Dec. 14. The Ottawa Catholic School Board hosted the peace conference, which highlighted ways to build safe and inclusive schools. .

Joshua Jean-Pierre, a Grade 7 student at Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School, left, Malek Moussa, a Grade 8 student at St. Francis Xavier High School, Hawie Abdisa, a Grade 8 student at Mother Teresa High School, Peter Osudar, a student in the bachelor of education program at the University of Ottawa, Joshua Laflamme, a Grade 7 student at St. Mark Catholic High School and Leandro Giaccone, a Grade 8 student at St. Mark prepare for the Secondary Peace Conference 2012.


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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks — free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-224-3330, E-mail:

Dec. 22 St. Columba Church at 24 Sandridge Rd. in Manor Park will host its annual sale of fresh holly, jams, jellies and baked goods on Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. For more information please call the church at 613749-5103.

Dec. 23 Breakthrough Christmas Ministries holds its annual Christmas program at 1505 Carling Ave. starting at 7 p.m. The evening will include Christmas carols, plays, dances and a candlelight moment.

Through Dec. 24 The Royal’s 26th annual Christmas tree sale runs through to Dec. 24 or until the trees are all sold. The trees are Nova Scotia balsam firs, cut just before being shipped to Ottawa. All profits are used to provide activities and experiences for clients and families at the Royal. The lot is located on the grounds of the Royal, 1145 Carling Ave., and will be open from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 31 The Rideau and District Old Tyme Fiddlers Association invites you and your friends to a traditional New Year’s

Eve dinner dance on 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 a.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. New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance at the Greely Legion, Dec. 31. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. Roast beef dinner starts at 7 p.m. Featuring the W.R.D. band. Tickets are $40 before Dec. 21st and $50 between Dec. 21 and Dec. 31. For tickets call Linda Wyman at 613-822-0233, Arlene Preston at 613-822-1709, Doug Sinclair at 613-7443260 or the Greely Legion Office at 613-822-1451. For more information visit our website, greely The Kanata Legion, 70 Hines Rd., hosts its New Year’s Eve Party. Reception starts at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Catered by Leatherworks, the dinner includes a roast beef buffet, southern fried chicken and much more. Music will be provided by DJ Bytown Boogie. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the branch. For details, call 613591-5570.

Jan. 1 The Crichton Community Council will host its annual Winter Carnival at Stanley Park at the Stanley Park Fieldhouse on Jan. 1 from 10 to 2 p.m. A New Year’s Day brunch, sleigh rides, skating games and more will be part of the days activities. Brunch is $2 per person.

Jan. 9 The Christian Women’s Central Club invites you and your friends to its New Year’s Silver Dessert Buffet featuring SILPADA Sterling Silver Jewelry and special music and a talk by talented vocalist Daphne Dykhuizen. She will speak about “A life wrapped up.” $6 and first timers $2, 1 p.m., St. Paul’s Church, 971 Woodroffe. RSVP: 613228-8004. All women are welcome.

Jan. 15 Vanier Beautification invites you to join its efforts to beautify our community for its monthly meeting on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Centre Francophone, 270 Marier Ave.

Jan. 16 A free public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Memorial Hall of McKay United Church on the topic of Minto’s development plans for the MacKay-Beechwood fire site will begin at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by the New Edinburgh Community Alliance (NECA). This will not be the official public consultation on the project as hosted by the city, but rather an information session hosted by NECA, where Minto representatives will be invited to give an overview of the plans in their current state, and members of the public will have the opportunity to discuss aspects of the project and to offer comments.


Heritage Ottawa presents a free public lecture on the topic of: Adding Contemporary Layers to Historic Districts. This event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St. at the corner of Laurier Avenue West. After

years of discussions, the French proposed a means to regroup contemporary interventions in historic districts using seven categories. The categories are: 1) Degree “0” of insertion, 2) integration, 3) contrast, 4) from the laughable to the precarious (temporary), 5) invisibility, 6) analogy, and 7) complex examples. Drawing on national and international experience and expertise in the heritage field, François LeBlanc will present and discuss examples from each category. This lecture will be in English. Details are available by email at, calling 613-230-8841 or by going online at www.heritage

Jan. 20 The Community Activities Group in Old Ottawa East will hold its Winter Party in the Park at Brantwood Park at 39 Onslow Cres. on Jan. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a sleigh ride, skating, hockey, snowshoeing, food, and fun. The event is free.

Feb. 6 Heritage Ottawa presents its eighth-annual Bob and Mary Anne Phillips Memorial Lecture. The guest speaker is Charlotte Gray (Does Heritage Pull History Out Of Shape?) and the free event takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St. at the corner of Laurier Avenue West. How can creative non-fiction writers bring new readers to history while staying within the bounds of creative non-fiction? Gray will discuss the different demands made on the past by historians and heritage activists. An author of eight best sellers, the Ottawa-based writer will explore the challenges she faces as she brings history to life in her work, including Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike and her forthcoming true crime book, Carrie’s Case, which will be published in the fall of 2013. Lecture will be in English. Info: info@heritageottawa. org or 613-230-8841. www.

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Heritage Ottawa presents a free public lecture on the topic of Rediscovering Lowertown. This events takes place on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium 120 Metcalfe St. at the corner of Laurier Avenue West. Built on a swamp between the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal and north of the “Sandy Hill,” Lowertown and the Byward Market became a workers’ paradise as it matured in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. It was almost obliterated by ill-conceived urban renewal and transportation schemes in the ’60s and early ’70s, and continues to struggle to this day to survive despite being previously saved and designated as an important heritage area. Marc Aubin, a sixth generation resident of Lowertown and president of the Lowertown Community Association, along with fellow members, will share perspectives on the community’s successes and challenges in protecting and restoring the area’s heritage. Lecture will be in English. Questions are welcome in either official language. Info: info@heritageottawa. org or 613-230-8841, www.

Looking to learn conversational Spanish? Improve your Spanish speaking skills with Los Amigos Toastmasters. The group meets at Tunney’s Pasture Mondays from 4:55 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Carole at 613-761-6537 or visit www.

Ongoing Volunteers are needed to maintain the ice surface at the two community rinks in Findlay Creek this winter. There will be a rink at Butterfly Park, similar to years past, and a permanent boarded rink at the new Diamond Jubilee Park. If there are no volunteers to help out, there are unfortunately no rinks for the community to use. For more information, email Ottawa Newcomers’ Club invites women new to Ottawa to join activities and meet some new friends. Activities include: bridge, Scrabble, walks, luncheons and dinners, book club, Ottawa sights/events, travel cafe and craft and chat. Please check out our website at: www. For more info call 613-860-0548 or email ottawanewcomers@

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 Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. For information call Muriel Gidley at 613-590-0260 or visit www.

Tuesdays The Hogs Back 50+ Club meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front room of the Boys and Girls Club, 1463 Prince of Wales Dr. at Meadowlands and Hogs Back. Bring a bag lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. Drop in and check it out. For more information call Shirley at 613-225-8089. The TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group meets every Tuesday at the Barrhaven United Church at 3013 Jockvale Rd. Check out our website at www.tops. org. Established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success. Call Susan at 613-838-5357 or email at We look forward to meeting you. Shout Sister Choir is looking for new members. Practices for Ottawa Centre are Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 394 Kent St., Ottawa West are on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave. More information is available online at




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Thursdays Barrhaven Euchre. Held on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. Prizes, refreshments and fun. Held at the old Jockvale Schoolhouse at Strandherd Drive across from the Shoppers Drug Mart. For more information email Myrna at or by phone 613-797-9442. Note: There will be no euchre on Dec. 20 or 27.

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Barrhaven $ $589,900

Manotick $949,900

4 Bdrm, 4 Bath. Finished basement.

Luxury estate with outdoor oasis. 6 Bdrm, 6 Bath

Meadowlands $489,900 $

Barrhaven h $389,900 $

HuntClub H Cl b $509,900 $509 900

3 Bdrm, 3 Bath. Finished basement.

4 Bdrm, 4 Bath. Backyard Oasis.

Carp $569,900

Barrhaven $377,900

Redwood Park $189,900 $

4 Bdrm, 3 Bath. Large backyard.

3 Bdrm, 3 Bath. New hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors.

3 Bdrm, 2 Bath Condo.

Barrhaven $ $489,900

3+2 Bdrms, 2 Bath Bungalow

4 Bdrm, 3 Bath. Granite kitchen. 2 Years old.

Barrhaven B h $329 $329,900 900 3 Bdrm, 3 Bath. Semi-detached.

D L D O L S SO Barrhaven $ $1395/month

Tanglewood $ $1,100/ month

3 Bdrm, 2 Bath. Finished Basement.

2 Bdrm, 2 Bath Condo

Barrhaven B h 3 Bdrm, 3 Bath. Finished basement.

Barrhaven 4 Bdrm, 3 Bath. Corner lot.

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50 Ottawa South EMC - Thursday, December 20, 2012


Happy Holidays to you and your family from all of us at the MacDonald Moussa Team!

685 Bank Street

499 Terry Fox Drive, Unit 27


KANATA 613-435-4114


“Do you hear what I hear?”




SShure SRH240 Headphones Deep bass with D cclear mids and highs. Mini plug for portable devices plus 1/4” adaptor dee for stereo systems.




Yamaha MCRE040 Table Top Music System

SALE $ 99 219


SALE $ 99

SALE $ 99

Bose B ose o see V V35 V3 35 Top Top of tthe Line Surround Sound System

Y Yamaha amaaha Y YSP2200 SP P22000 D Digital igital Sound Projector with P h SSubwoofer b f

Regular $3499.00

Reg. $$999.99





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Various finishes $249.99 Blue Tooth version $299.99

Basic wood finishes $179.99 Premium finishes $199.99 to $249.99


& up

Tivoli iPal Portable Radio

Ti T iivvollii Mo M od deel One One Table Tabblle T Tivoli Model Top Radio




SALE $ 99




Bose SoundDock II Regular $249.99

Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air The Rolls Royce of iPod Docks

SALE $ 99

SALE $ 99

Sonos Play 3 Wireless Speaker with free Sonos Zone Bridge

Yamaha YAS201 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

$59.99 Value.

Reg. $499.99. 12 per store




Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus


BONUS - FREE BT100 Blue Tooth Adaptor value $119.99




Music Hall USB1 Record Player

Ottawa’s Home Theatre Specialists! * While Quantities Last. Not all models and finishes at each store so call to confirm availability.


685 Bank Street

499 Terry Fox Drive, Unit 27


KANATA 613-435-4114


“Do you hear what I hear?”

SALE $ 99 999



SALE $ 99

SALE $ 99

Yamaha RXA720 7.1 Network Receiver

Yamaha Y h RX RXA XA 1020 10200 77.1 1N Networkk

$749.99. Four Year Warranty

Reg. $1299.99 Four Year Warranty.


Bowers & Wilkins Model 684 Tower Speakers




Reg. $1300.

Special Instore Introductory Price!

Sharp Top of the Line 90” LED TV

Samsung Top-of-the-line 8000 series 55” $2,39999 60” $2,89999

Samsung 43” Plasma TV $49999 Samsung 51” Plasma TV $59999

SALE $ 99 799


Yamaha RXV473 5.1 Receiver Networkable with psb Alpha HT One Speaker set with subwoofer. Reg. $1229




Harmony Touch Remote Control The easy remote.

Top of the Line 8470 700 Series S i T TVs V 60” $269999 70” $359999

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KANATA 255 Kanata Ave. 613-591-8988

OTTAWA 499 Industrial Ave. 613-247-8888 R0011753869-1122

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