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EMC news – First Capital Realty is eyeing the corner lot at Richmond Road and Tweedsmuir Avenue for an upscale addition to its housing stock, but some local residents take issue with several elements of the proposal. Though no application has been submitted, the company has expressed interest in building a nine-storey rental building on the Westboro used-car lot, located next to the Richmond Plaza Motel and adjacent to an LCBO and a gas station. The building would contain 72 units and 900 square metres of ground floor retail space. Residents aired their concerns during a Feb. 7 pre-consultation meeting at Hilson Avenue Public School. See INITIAL, page 9

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Hooked on hockey The Glabar Park Winter Fun Day featured great sunshine on Feb. 9 as kids from all over the neighbourhood joined their parents in some outdoor fun. Here, Harry, 6, left, and Eamon Cobb, 10, give their best professional hockey poses with their sticks during a break in play.

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EMC news - An open house on Feb. 5 gave residents a clear view of the commissioned development plan for the Carling-Preston area, though many factors criticized in earlier iterations still remain. A less-detailed vision of the final plan created by Toronto-based planning consultant George Dark was released in early January and was met with concerns over several of its features, namely the addition of vehicle roads along the east side of the O-Train

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corridor, nine-storey buildings bordering some of that corridor and a row of 18-storey buildings along the west side of Rochester Street. The open house revealed the plan in greater detail, but those contentious elements remained. Following an overview of the plan by Lee Ann Snedden, the city’s manager of policy development and urban design, followed by updates on the separate Gladstone and Bayview district design plans, residents were able to view display boards and consult with city planners.

A model showing the threedimensional layout of the plan was also on display. “This plan is the result of recommendations and work from (planning consultant) George Dark and we are here to hear your feedback,” said Snedden, stating staff have heard a significant amount of commentary on the issue. “(Staff) will summarize this feedback and will be making recommendations to planning committee based on comments we hear tonight.” The staff report, with resident’s comments attached, will be sent to planning committee

on March 26. Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes echoed the sentiment expressed by many before and during the open house. “We absolutely have to get rid of the Norman Street ninestorey application that’s in, and the news – the street – that’s running alongside our bicycle path,” said Holmes. “Why would we put in a bike/pedestrian path and then put a road beside it? That’s absolute nonsense. We have light rail transit stations coming and we need people to walk or bicycle to those stations, so we definitely have to get rid of that piece of (the plan).” See CERTAIN, page 12


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be getting paid parking yet, even though street parking is getting congested on a couple of blocks in the area. During a Feb. 6 meeting, the transportation committee agreed with staff that parking along the Wellington/Richmond corridor will stay free for the time being, but the topic left councillors questioning the city’s approach to parking studies and policies. Led by Coun. Mathieu Fleury, whose ward sees a lot of friction over parking issues in the ByWard Market, councillors questioned if the city should take a broader view when it comes to parking in commercial districts. “To me, there is no clear vision here, it’s piecemeal and it doesn’t make sense,” Fleury said. The city’s approach to parking studies is too narrow and doesn’t take into account that street’s role and impact on transportation and parking supply in a wider area, such as the entire urban core of the city, Fleury said. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko agreed. He said he often hears from shoppers who received parking tickets on Bank Street who threaten to take their shopping dollars to Westboro, where parking is free. “Consistency is the issue,” Chernushenko said. During the Feb. 6 meeting, Fleury asked staff to look at taking a different approach. “What I’d like staff to come back with is a policy that addresses the situation of onstreet parking in the core,” he said. Public works manager Larry O’Keefe agreed to do that

and told councillors it’s already something that was on his radar to look at in 2013. The councillor for Westboro, Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs, was pleased with the decision. Adding paid parking to only a couple of blocks would have angered businesses and created confusion for customers. “I think we need to change our expectations. We can’t just drive up and find a spot right out front,” Hobbs said, adding that businesses have a role to play in identifying nearby parking lots for their customers. The reality is that residents and business groups don’t prefer paid on-street parking, Fleury said, but he thinks those groups might be more open to paid parking if they saw some of the benefits of the revenue. That could include upgrading street furniture such as benches or adding more greenery along sidewalks. “Could they share some of the revenue to invest back on the street?” Fleury said, adding that revenue isn’t the key point, but it’s something that could be used to create goodwill with business groups and communities. Paid parking isn’t a big revenue earner for the city; it’s used as a tool to encourage drivers to move along and free up parking for new customers. Another issue is the relevance of the data used to inform the study. The city looked at parking volumes from 2011, and several new businesses have opened since then. If staff recommendations are not backed up by good, up-to-date data, it just makes the decision politicized, Fleury said.

Correction In an article titled Scientist awarded for flashy work that appeared in the Feb. 7 edition of the Ottawa East EMC incorrectly stated that University of Ottawa professor Paul Corkum was awarded the King Faisal International Prize for exceptionally serving Muslims and Islam and providing research resulting in scientific advances. He was only honoured for his scientific work. The EMC apologizes for any inconvenience the error may have caused Mr. Corkum.


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it was through Jen’s work and kindness that I came to what has now been a 10-year healing journey with the courageous Karen people.� Having attained charitable status late last year, Karen Learning and Education Opportunities also assists the 300 or so Karen refugees residing in Ottawa, providing them with support and help in accessing beneficial services and programs. The support group formed an English summer school for Karen residents in 2007 and its programming continues to expand. One young Karen woman helped by the support group’s efforts is Suneesa, a young woman who graduated from Jen’s House last spring and returned to her village to start a small business after studying sewing and design in university. She was one of 10 students who have gone on to post-secondary education following their time at Jen’s House. Suneesa recognized the intricate sewing and weaving skills of the local populace and, with the help of the support group, is organizing a group of local women to bring their unique wares to market. The Ladies of Nong Tao was created to foster not just local business, but also to advance opportunities and education among the villagers. An education fund is among the ideas Suneesa and her friends are planning. Karen Learning and Education Opportunities member Nancy Maddams, like Scott, sees hope and inspiration in stories like Suneesa’s. “It’s so great to have a Jen’s House graduate return to her village to help,� said Maddams, noting that another graduate is studying pharmacology. “It’s heartwarming to see how the results have paid off with these young people.� More information about the support group, including information on how to volunteer, can be sound on the group’s website at kleosup-

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Members of the community, including Mayor Jim Watson, back centre, were on hand for the city’s first Sleep Out for Youth Ottawa organized by the Youth Services Bureau, John Howard Society, Operation Come Home and Ottawa Salus on Feb. 4 and 5. The event aims to raise awareness and money to prevent youth homelessness.

EMC news - Extreme cold and frostbite warnings didn’t stop some Ottawa community leaders from sleeping outside to help raise awareness for youth homelessness. The Youth Services Bureau held its first Sleep Out for Youth Ottawa in partnership with the John Howard Society, Operation Come Home

and Ottawa Salus on Feb. 4 to 5 at city hall. Joanne Lowe, the executive director of the Youth Services Bureau, was one of the brave individuals who took to the cold for the cause. “It was great, it was cold, but you know the turn out was fantastic,” Lowe said. “The goal was to raise awareness, and raise funds. One of the interesting things was that it was a broad range of people that came out, from high school and college students, families with young children and community leaders. It was heartwarming to see the range of people come out to support this mission.” From 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., Lowe and other community leaders, including police Chief Charles Bordeleau and Mayor Jim Watson, spent time in the cold. “There are 1,000 homeless youth living on Ottawa streets,” Bordeleau said prior to the event. “This disturbing data provided serious incentive for community leaders to demonstrate our support for this youth initiative.” As the sun began to rise on Feb. 5, the group learned they had managed to raise $35,000 for the cause. The money will be split between the four organizations with around $15,000 going directly towards funding the Youth Services Bureau’s shelters and drop-ins. Lowe added she felt the event’s main goal of creating the awareness, systems and supports that young people need to move beyond the streets was achieved. “The message went out in a number of different mediums and I think it has really

made people talk about it,” Lowe said. The idea for the fundraising event came from a Youth Services Bureau donor, Mike Weider, who wanted to see his family’s contribution help youth on the streets. Lowe said the Weiders’ donation helped fund the event, helping collect more money for street youth. Lowe recounted all the warm clothing, sleeping bags and items, such as hand warmers to keep the cold at bay for her and all the other participants during the evening. She said the group discussed how different their evening could have been if, like the youth they were fighting for, they only had a minimum amount of clothing to stay warm. “We had tons of warm options and we all felt so fortunate for having all these things to keep us warm,” Lowe said. “Most youth on the street don’t have that. We made the choice to go outside, but in many cases youth on the street don’t get to make that same choice.” The Youth Services Bureau serves at-risk youth in the city and has 20 locations across Ottawa that run a number of programs and services. Its services range from mental health and addiction counselling, housing, youth justice and employment services. According to Lowe, the bureau has recorded a 75 per cent success rate in helping youth who use its services. Visit www.ysb.on.ca for more information about the organization or how to donate to help end youth homelessness.

For example, when Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the United States, Hydro Ottawa crews were the first to cross the border to help get the power restored in Connecticut and New Jersey. Hydro Ottawa crews also helped other utilities in Quebec and Ontario just before Christmas after a major storm. “Caring for our neighbours and our community is a really important part of our fabric as an organization,” said Parent-Garvey. At Hydro Ottawa, caring includes putting safety first and lending a hand to other communities in need.

For the fifth consecutive year, Hydro Ottawa has been named one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers. Lyne Parent-Garvey, Hydro Ottawa’s Chief Human Resources Officer, says it is a culture of caring that the company has built up over the years that makes Hydro Ottawa a great employer.

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That caring is expressed in many ways by Hydro Ottawa’s 660 employees. They work closely with customers to help them use electricity efficiently and to save money on bills. They are quick to volunteer in the community, and are enthusiastic contributors to Hydro Ottawa’s United Way campaign, raising over a million dollars over the past decade. Employees are supported by an organization that recognizes achievements, encourages feedback, and that strongly promotes employee health and safety.

“We also care about a successful future and we want to be a sustainable organization. In the next 10 years, we will have a lot of people retiring, so we have many programs, including workforce and succession planning initiatives in place, to prepare our next generation of journeypersons, engineers and leaders,” added Parent-Garvey. Power up your future and join our team by visiting www.hydroottawa.com/careers to view employment opportunities.

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ecently, the Liveable Ottawa plan for rebooting the city’s major master plans was unveiled at city hall, revealing a vision for the capital for years to come. Mayor Jim Watson and Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume, the planning committee chairman, pledged the review, particularly of the city’s Official Plan, would provide much needed “certainty� to what can often be the chaotic world of development.

This exercise, accompanied by reviews of plans for pedestrians, cycling, transportation and infrastructure, will go a long way towards aiming all the city’s efforts in the same direction, towards a more sustainable city, which is exactly where Ottawa needs to be headed. As Hume said during the Jan. 29 launch of the Liveable Ottawa project, the refreshed Official Plan “will be more prescriptive than ever before in terms of where the vision

for height and density is in this city.� This will provide clear rules governing where intensification will go in the city, removing much of the fuzziness that causes a great deal of angst among residents living in transitional neighbourhoods across the city. Many of the decisions during this process will undoubtedly raise concerns among residents in places like Centretown, Lowertown, Westboro and Vanier. Those residents worry intensifi-

cation will only serve to bring the burden of added population and traffic to their neighbourhoods. But that need not be the case, as the Liveable Ottawa project offers the city an excellent opportunity to align the other master plans with the Official Plan. This, if done with care and consideration, will insure the intensified neighbourhoods of Ottawa’s future provide the infrastructure needed to accommodate denser popula-

tions. But there’s the rub: Liveable Ottawa needs to be done well if the city is to be sustainable for generations to come. Intensification is the new normal for cities, as suburban sprawl has proven to be unsustainable, but that doesn’t mean creating density for density’s sake is an easy task. It will take a considerable amount of input from city staff, councillors, developers and residents to come up with a plan that will provide for the sustainable city we all desire. This means it is incumbent upon both the members of the development community and

residents to get involved with this process -- the official and master plans will be much better for their efforts. It will also require those two groups, often at odds with one another, to see things from the others’ perspective. Change is difficult, but it is made easier when reasonable people are considerate and accommodating of views that might not be their own. Ottawa is already a quite liveable city, one of the best places to live in North America, if not the world. Engagement in the Liveable Ottawa process by all who hold this city dear will keep it that way.

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o one would ever dare argue that Valentine’s Day is a meaningless ritual, since it involves kissing and chocolate. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to inject some new life into it, to keep it from getting stale. Then there is Winterlude, an Ottawa institution by now but one that is constantly challenged to find ways of coping with changing times and unpredictable weather conditions. It’s not a meaningless ritual, but it could use a new twist or two. If you want a meaningless ritual, take Groundhog Day. What a waste of time, both for people and for groundhogs. In Punxsutawney, Pa., 35,000 people turned out for it. In past years there have arrests for drunken rioting and such. Over a groundhog. In Wiarton, Ont., the status of Wiarton Willie’s shadow has been turned into a three-day festival. There is probably a half-time show. More groundhogs are getting into the act, since it appears that groundhogs seeing shadows, or not, are good for tourism. There’s Balzac Billy in Alberta and Winnipeg Willow in Manitoba. For what it’s worth, none of these guys saw their shadows, which is supposed to mean that spring is less than six-weeks away. Really? In Canada? Groundhog shadow or no, of course there are going to be six more weeks of winter in Canada. Six weeks from Groundhog Day takes you to mid-March. Maybe in Punxsutawney it is reasonable to hope for spring in mid-March, but not anywhere in this country, outside of British Columbia. So what is the point of doing this whole

groundhog thing? So we can enjoy being silly? There are lots of ways of doing that without bothering innocent rodents. So here’s an idea. Valentine’s Day could use some silliness. The kissing and chocolate are good, but sometimes it gets a bit solemn, particularly in those television commercials for jewelry. Also, there is no predictive value in Valentine’s Day: nothing that happens that day tells us anything about when spring is coming. The next step is obvious -- combine Valentine’s Day and Groundhog Day as part of Winterlude. That injects a bit of new life into all three events. It could work in many ways, but one might be that if the Ice Hog comes out on Feb. 14 and sees a heart-shaped chocolate, that means six more weeks of winter. This could all be done on the canal, if there is ice on it. If the Ice Hog comes out on the canal and sees water, it means that the Ice Hog had better learn to swim pretty fast. That makes sense. Six weeks from Feb. 14 takes us just about into April, where spring is an actual possibility. Canadians would actually be glad to think of only six more weeks of winter and their happiness might induce them to purchase more chocolate, take their sweetie out to dinner and support the local economy. Then, just to make it interesting, there could be a possible down-side to the Ice Hog’s prediction. The Wiarton Willie thing is boring because the worst thing that can happen is you get spring in mid-March. What if the Ice Hog comes out on Valentine’s Day, doesn’t see chocolate and that means no spring until May? That would put a little juice into it. It could even create some betting opportunities at our new casino. Having rejuvenated Valentine’s Day, put some spark into Winterlude and some logic into Groundhog Day, there remains only the task of giving this new wonderful event a catchy name. This will not be easy because we know that the federal government will want to name it, as it wants to name everything, after Sir John A. Macdonald. However, that is not a very good name for a groundhog.

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D) Valentine’s Day is a crock. I can be romantic any day of the year.

C) No. I won’t be in town. 11% D) Go outside? In the cold? You’ve 22% got to be kidding!

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The meeting was attended by a city planner and First Capital representative Vince Colizza of Vincent P. Colizza Architects. Colizza said the proposal had been changed from six storeys to nine “at the eleventh hour” after the company crunched numbers relating to rental rates. Given that the lot is zoned for four stories, height became a factor in the discussion. So too did the disparity between the city’s Official Plan and the site’s zoning. “When you previously asked to meet with community groups, (the proposal) was a six-storey building,” said Westboro Community Association president Gary Ludington. “Why has there been a change to a new height?” Colizza said financial viability was behind the change. “Density helps – it helps control rental rates,” said Colizza, stating how a project he worked on in Sandy Hill was cancelled due to a lack of financial feasibility following a height reduction. Colizza asked the community members if they felt the building would fit on that site as currently proposed. As the site is on the south side of Richmond and adjacent to non-

residential uses, the submitted shadow study showed little impact on existing houses. “I have a group that wants to bring rental units to market, which there is a severe shortage of,” said Colizza. “I encourage people to do rental housing ... I wonder what it is this thing we have about height.” Colizza said he felt that eight or nine stories on that site would be appropriate. Lorne Cutler, president of the Hampton Iona Community Group, took issue with the financial feasibility issue. He asked whether the developer’s economics was being used as a planning argument, to which Colizza replied, “no.” Colizza stated the site is 400 metres from a Transitway station and is close to amenities, making it a good spot for density. Given the increase in traffic in Westboro in recent years, several residents expressed concern about vehicle movements, especially the turn from Byron Avenue onto Tweedsmuir. Planner Bliss Edwards said that while no work can be done until the necessary applications are submitted, she has identified the need for a traffic brief as part of any rezoning application, adding that a four-way stop at Byron and Tweedsmuir was “a possibility.”

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ccording to a recent article in Maclean’s magazine, 20 per cent of heterosexuals and 60 per cent of homosexuals claimed to have met their mates online in 2009. The article goes on to quote experts who believe that online dating – while great for helping people meet others outside their networks -- is altering our traditional cultural goal of finding a mate for life. I believe it. The question is whether we’ll allow this trend to continue. I tried online dating just once when mass use of the Internet was in its infancy, circa 2001. Just out of a long relationship, I checked out a local dating website in Ottawa. Most of the entries – there were only about 75 men on there – were laughable. But there was this one guy. He was a soccer player. He was tall, had great legs, worked in a sports shop. He was very good looking. And based on our online chat sessions over a few weeks, he was dumb as wood. Perfect! We went on a date. It was nice. I didn’t have to talk about anything intelligent. We flirted over the table, went for a walk after dinner, he kissed me at the front door. This was definitely a guy I’d like to call again, and

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met my husband. One of the first things that impressed me about him was his ability to cut grapefruit with precision. It’s not the kind of skill one would note in a dating profile, nor is it something I would actively seek. Of course, most of us realize that online dating is

Sure, in some cases, online dating turns to marriage and the people live happily ever after. But in most cases, the point of online dating isn’t to find Mr. Right, but Mr. Right Now. The thing is great legs are great. But they’re not the type of thing to sustain a relationship long term. The recent Maclean’s piece highlighted growing doubt that algorithms used to match people online according to similar tastes, hobbies and interests mimic what people look for in the real world, particularly in a lifelong mate. This point was brought home when I

really just a massive public relations’ exercise. People put their best selves forward and in return, dating sites promise you’ll meet your “soul mate” with just a click of a button. When your match turns out to be less than desirable, it’s easy to move on and find your next “soul mate.” Sure, in some cases, online dating turns to marriage and the people live happily

ever after. But in the virtual world, as in the real world, this may be a statistical anomaly. In most cases, the point of online dating isn’t to find Mr. Right, but Mr. Right Now. Not only that, but the Internet makes the dating marketplace so much bigger, notes Maclean’s author Katie Engelhart, that it’s contributed to an increase in philandering. Engelhart says the logic goes something like this: “Why settle down when a better match is just a click away?” Only the future will tell if the majority of us will allow this to become a societal norm. Funny enough, about five years after my first and only online dating experience, the subject came up at a ladies’ drinks’ reunion with some of my university colleagues. Turns out, we’d all dated Mr. Soccer Legs within six months of each other. Mr. Soccer Legs may have appeared dumb as wood, but we’d underestimated him. In fact, he was the only person to achieve his goal with that primitive dating website. We were all looking for a mate. Silly, in hindsight. Because there was really nothing about that picture of his legs to suggest he was looking for a wife. R0011911217

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After decades of neglect, a former girls school at 287 Cumberland St. in Lowertown had to be reinforced last week when it became clear it was at imminent risk of collapse. The issue is highlighting a need for the city to address demolition by neglect. ship between Groupe Claude Lauzon and the city. The city ordered barricades be put up to keep pedestrians and traffic away from the building in case it fell down. A press release was issued and emphasized that Groupe Claude Lauzon would be charged for the cost associated with the barricades – a couple thousand dollars at an absolute minimum – and that the company would have to follow the proper process to get the necessary permit to demolish a designated heritage building. Days later, Lauzon issued a press release through the company’s lawyer.

“According to (law firm) Vincent Dagenais Gibson, since 1981, Groupe Claude Lauzon Ltée has been dealing with the city to restore the school, but has faced unfair obstacles at each step,” the statement reads. The Lauzon family cancelled an interview with the EMC scheduled before the collapse and did not return subsequent phone calls. The press release outlines the back-and-forth: Lauzon requested a building permit in 1996 to restore the school, but the city denied the request. The company was locked in a legal battle with the city for six

years City planning manager John Smit said the city issued a building permit for the 1996 application, but it was rescinded when Lauzon’s contractor did exterior work beyond what was allowed. The permit was re-issued after the court settlement, but the company never picked it up. By the time a settlement was reached, the roof and floor framing had collapsed. Lauzon asked the city for permission to tear it down. It’s no excuse, Fleury said. It is not exactly a surprise that property owners such as the Lauzons would want to demolish a building after leaving

it to crumble with no upkeep for decades, he said. “If they’re not interested to upkeep the properties, don’t buy heritage property,” Fleury said. These situations could be prevented if the city strengthened and enforced its bylaw outlining the level of upkeep necessary for vacant buildings, Fleury said. “That’s not the city we want to build,” he added. Finally, that’s in the works. City staff is drafting a proposal that would have tighter wording, allowing the city to enforce property standards above the very minimum. Staff is

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EMC news - Even before an engineers report revealed a former girls school on Cumberland Street was at imminent risk of collapse, Coun. Mathieu Fleury and the mayor’s office were working to prevent similar hazards. The vacant heritage building at the corner of Murray and Cumberland streets stands as a monument of something local heritage advocates have long railed against: demolition by neglect. Poster-covered hoarding around the building obscure the graffiti and paint-covered walls. Right in the downtown core, where property values and condo development have reached a fever pitch, the site remained suspended in time, slowing fading and becoming more derelict. It’s one of an estimated 100 properties in a similar state across the city. About 15 of them are considered “problematic,” several of which are located in Fleury’s RideauVanier ward. It’s a sore spot for Lowertown residents, so Fleury reached out the Groupe Claude Lauzon, which counts the school at 287 Cumberland St. in its portfolio of properties. For months, Fleury and Mayor Jim Watson have been discussing options for Lauzon’s vacant properties, including 287 Cumberland St. There was finally a glimmer of willingness to address the derelict state of the school, but then, on Feb. 1, an engineering report commissioned by Lauzon revealed the building was at imminent risk of collapse. That set off the latest chapter in the troubled relation-

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looking to places like Hamilton, Kingston and Toronto for direction particularly regarding upkeep of vacant heritage buildings, which make up half the approximately 100 vacant properties in Ottawa. A proposal will come forward in the coming weeks or months, Fleury said. “We don’t understand why elsewhere in the province, you can go into cities and you can see the site is vacant, but it doesn’t appear to be as vacant as it does here in Ottawa,” Fleury said. It’s a big issue for residents in Sandy Hill, so when community association Christopher Collmorgen caught wind of the proposed changes to property standards, he sent an email to Action Sandy Hill members. “The city has historically refused to enforce its own Bylaws on vacant and derelict properties, resulting in a sanctioned double standard that has allowed vacant and run-down properties to fester between well-cared for properties,” Collmorgen wrote. “It appears that the City of Ottawa is finally recognizing that it has an obligation to enforce the property standards bylaw on vacant properties!” Enforcement has been a tricky thing in Ottawa. The wording of the bylaw has led to bylaw officers enforcing only the bare minimum, Fleury said. “To be honest, we haven’t done our job there,” he said. “We’re going to clamp down and modify property standards and expect staff to really clamp down.” The city doesn’t want to see any properties in the core vacant, Fleury said, but if they are vacant, they must be kept to a good standard. “A lot of these properties don’t have roofs, don’t have windows. People access in and out and do drugs in there,” he said. “They are not just eyesores. They become an area for crime.” When it comes to encouraging redevelopment of vacant sites, Fleury said everyone involved needs to come to the table. “There won’t be one element that will solve all issues,” he said. “It’s a combination of multiple angles that will bring the owners to the table, bring the community to the table and actually talk about solutions.” All sites have restrictions, whether it’s a heritage designation or simply zoning rules. It shouldn’t matter whether the blame should rest with the city because its rules are too restrictive, or with the property owner because they are unwilling to work within the parameters of the site they bought, Fleury said. There needs to be a proposal on the table to open a dialog between the city and the developer. “Put a proposal together and let’s have a discussion,” Fleury said.


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Holmes said she would like to see the height along Rochester Street reduced to “the nine-storey range” as the lots along Carling would be better suited to tall buildings. “The Carling height is pretty acceptable for most people and that’s a good place to put height -- that’s a lot of density capacity,” said Holmes, adding the federal government will soon offload large lots east of Booth Street in the near future, which will offer additional opportunities for greater height. “The community and the business community are all in favour of that density on Carling,” she said. “We have to keep the Little Italy piece – the worker’s houses, the historical and cultural heart of Little Italy – we have to keep those, because we have all this other capacity (for) extreme height and density.” Peter Eady, traffic committee chairman for the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association, disapproved of the new roadways paralleling the O-Train corridor. Despite the fact that the Dark plan shows five new pedestrian crossings over the rail tracks, Eady questioned whether a particu-

lar one – the crossing at Adeline Street – would remain solely for pedestrians. “We’re proposing that it remain a pedestrian bridge,” said Eady, adding, “We also asked that the north end of Champagne Avenue (just south of Beech Street) become an occasional traffic route.” The drawings provided with the Dark plan show that stretch of Champagne – between Ev Tremblay Park and the adjacent parking lot of the Beechgrove Apartments – as being a multi-purpose street, one which can be closed off for traffic to host outdoor events or markets. Dalhousie Community Association president Michael Powell said the lack of differences between the vision released a month ago and the final form of the Dark plan “was not totally surprising.” He said he hopes the concerns of residents expressed through feedback channels will make an impact on the staff report’s recommendations. “I’m hoping that after having heard feedback they will adjust (the plan) accordingly,” said Powell, saying other neighbourhood associations in the area share their main concerns.

Bayview, Gladstone plans move forward Steph Willems

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Residents examine a model of the George Dark vision for the Preston-Carling area at a Feb. 5 open house. Comments will be weighed by city staff in advance of a report to the planning committee. “Right now it is key to make staff and the decision makers aware of our concerns and I think those concerns are reasonable ... . We want the area to evolve in a sensible, rational way and we want the city to fully consider the outcome of what they are suggesting.” If the staff report is passed

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by both planning committee and council, the next step will be to have the public advisory committee, technical advisory committee and stakeholders finalize a secondary plan for the area. That plan is expected to be completed sometime in the fall of 2013.

EMC news - Though not nearly as advanced as the Carling-Preston community design plan, work on visions for the Bayview and Gladstone neighbourhoods is moving ahead. Though these are now separate projects with their own individual timelines, all three started life in 2005 as part of the Carling-Bayview light rail transit corridor community design plan. Shakeups in the city’s masstransit plans meant the project was shelved for several years before being reactivated in 2010 following the approval of the city’s transportation master plan. The large size of the study area and the sudden development pressure mounting on the area surrounding the southern part of Preston Street led the city to split the project into three areas of focus. The Preston-Carling area, being under the most pressure, needed its community design plan expedited, though work continues in the others. At the Feb. 5 meeting where the George Dark development plan was unveiled, city planner Taavi Siitam outlined the status of both the Bayview

and Gladstone plans. Bayview is the second most advanced plan, explained Siitam, aided by a consultant hired by the city late last year to work out the policy and rezoning issues. “We want to make sure anything that happens with that (plan) corresponds with a vision we had conceptualized previously,” said Siitam. The Bayview plan differs from the others in that the site is currently consists mostly of empty brownfields that would have to be planned from the ground up. A section of the site containing the old public works building is slated for the construction of an innovation complex. A public meeting featuring proposal ideas and related policies and rezonings will be held March 5. The Gladstone district, which is facing the least development pressure, is being examined by a public advisory and technical advisory committee. “By late spring or early summer we want a concept plan and will get feedback on that,” said Siitam. “By the fall we’ll be where we are now with the Bayview site.” The final public open house for the Gladstone district plan will likely be held in November of this year, he said.

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Event invites lead to new city staffer Mayor, his deputies field 4,800 requests for appearances in 2012 Laura Mueller

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Last week we said goodbye to the penny. For small business owners and retailers, pennies have consumed too much time for very little return. They have also cost taxpayers more than they are worth, at 1.6 cents per coin to produce. While it will take time for the coin to disappear entirely, the Royal Canadian Mint has stopped distributing it. This is following through with a commitment our government made last year as part of the Economic Action Plan. With this change, taxpayers will be saving $11 million annually.

EMC news - A deluge of almost 5,000 event invitations landed on the mayor’s desk last year. Now, the city is preparing to hire a new staffer with an annual salary of $52,000 to handle an influx of requests. Whether a second scheduler for Mayor Jim Watson and his two deputy mayors, Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches and West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry, is a good use of tax dollars was the main question that arose from a mid-term governance review report that was considered by the city’s finance committee last week, said deputy clerk Leslie Donnelly. The mayor, who is known to joke that he will attend the opening of an envelope,

This move means that Canada will join other countries, like Sweden and Australia, who got rid of their pennies long ago. As part of this penny-less reality, businesses will need adapt by rounding cash transactions to the nearest 5 cent increment. For example, if you purchase an item in cash at your local grocer for $5.57, the amount would be rounded to $5.55. It is important to remember that this change will only affect cash payments. Debit, credit and cheque payments will not be impacted in any way. Finally, the penny will retain its value indefinitely. Consumers will be able to use pennies for as long as they like with businesses that choose to accept them, or get full value if deposited at their local banking institution. Many local charities have launched penny drives in response to this development, so if you have pennies lying around, I encourage you to donate them to a local organization in need. Anyone with questions about this change can contact government at 1.800.O.Canada (1.800.622.6232). Pierre Poilievre MP Nepean-Carleton

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received a staggering 4,800 requests to appear at events such as openings of new businesses in 2012. Although he couldn’t provide a number for past requests, city clerk Rick O’Connor said there has been a marked increase in invitations for Watson compared to previous mayors. And there is work to be done even when the mayor and deputy mayors cannot attend, Donnelly said. The scheduler must sort, prioritize and respond to all requests and in some cases, certificates of congratulations or other documents must be prepared instead. The question of whether having a city official at local events is an essential service plagued the clerk’s office, Donnelly said. Clerk staff looked into the matter and determined

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that the Municipal Act states that elected officials “shall” represent the municipality at official functions. “In our view, this is a core function of the municipality,” Donnelly said. “We can tell you that these events are extremely important to the individuals organizing them … You make city hall more accessible and get more people interested in city hall.”­ The new staffer handling requests would be in addition to the mayor’s existing sched-

uler, who works in the clerk’s office. The new employee approved by the finance committee on Feb. 5 would mainly handle the schedules of the two deputy mayors. The city is budgeting $75,000 for the position based on additional costs associated with benefits and equipment for the job, such as a computer. The salary would be $52,000. Council must still give final approval to create the new position.


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EMC news - Few things stir emotion better than wellwritten, well-shot documentary films, something the Ottawa Riverkeeper believes can also stir interest in conservation. The Westboro-based group, dedicated to protecting and promoting the ecology of the Ottawa River Watershed, will be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Library and Archives Canada on Feb. 21. Originating in California, this will be the first time the festival has come to Ottawa. A total of seven films have been selected for screening based on their content, cinematography and storytelling. “This is more than a film festival – it is an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate nature and what can come from working together,” said Ottawa Riverkeeper executive director Meredith Brown. The films to be screened are as diverse as the ecology depicted within them, and each have a focus on freshwater. White Water, Black Gold delves into the environmental impact of the Athabaska oil sands, while films like The Craziest Idea and Weed War depict examples of positive outcomes from human intervention. The content of the films have a bearing on the Ottawa River, explained Brown, as the challenges and issues they explore are also being felt throughout the Ottawa River watershed. Damming, invasive species and pollution are all issues the members of Ottawa Riverkeeper are trying to mitigate. “These award-winning films are a powerful way to

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Striking a chord for music students in Africa Ottawa resident collecting musical instruments for Zambian school Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Do you have a clarinet in your attic collecting dust? Is there a lonely violin in the back of your closet, waiting for you to feel ambitious enough to pick it up again? If you aren’t so inclined, one Old Ottawa East resident is asking you to donate it to a worthy cause. Todd Snelgrove wants to equip students in Zambia with enough musical instruments to assemble an orchestra. The idea springs from just one guitar. When on a trip to Africa last May, Snelgrove, a music teacher, brought along a guitar he intended to give away. While searching for the ideal recipient for the instrument, he came across the Linda School in Livingstone, Zambia. A public high school with an enrollment of 1,200 students from grades 10 to 12, its music program was operating without single working instrument. Teachers at the school teach music theory and singing to about 300 students. “It’s clear that music is a very important and soughtafter discipline,” Snelgrove said. As a music teacher and enthusiast, Snelgrove said he feels learning music plays an important role in any high school student’s career.

“Every study shows how learning how to play an instrument can improve your learning power,” he said. “Having kids here play instruments is part of the high school experience, but these kids don’t have that option. It’s not fair and not right.” The teachers at the Linda School told him they would love to have more instruments, but have no means to purchase them. They would have to order them, which is too costly. At the time of Snelgrove’s visit, the school was having trouble raising enough money to buy a guitar. Snelgrove donated a guitar to the school and since that moment, he became determined to gather more instruments for the cause. “If you have any instruments in the house you aren’t using, it could potentially change a life,” Snelgrove said. Snelgrove’s employer, the Ottawa Folklore Centre, is helping him out by accepting donations at its Old Ottawa South location. He has received many flutes, clarinets, a few violins and saxophones and some guitars. Still in demand are an oboe, a viola and a cello. “Basically attics and basements in the city are full of instruments that people aren’t using that could be useful,” he said. Once he has the full set of

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Todd Snelgrove is collecting musical instruments and instructional material in an effort to equip the Linda School in Zambia. Snelgrove’s goal is to collect enough instruments for the school to have a full concert orchestra. instruments, Snelgrove said he is going to pay his way back to Zambia to personally deliver the instruments and teach the students and teachers how to play. Instructional books, sheet music, music stands and accessories, such as reeds and strings are also being accept-

ed. Snelgrove is also looking for individuals with experience in instrument repair willing to donate their time. “I assure you that 100 per cent of donated materials will go directly to those in need in Zambia and I will do my best to outfit the Linda School with a full orchestra of instru-

ments,” he said. Musicare, a company based in Carlsbad Springs, is assessing and making small repairs to the instruments to ensure everything being sent is clean and playable. Snelgrove is working with the Zambian Embassy to organize the shipment and send

More kids getting mental health help they need services. If there is a wait list, the client continues to receive temporary support from child services until adult support is available. There are multiple benefits of the program, Gilles says. For example, youth generally feel empowered in their new “adult” status, and are keen to take responsibility for themselves. In addition, youth often include their parents in their transitional program interviews, leading to strengthened family connections. To date, the program has assisted roughly 140 youth ranging in age from 16 to 24.

Kilby says he is doing well and finishing his high-school credits at Algonquin College.

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EMC news - “Kids need to know they are not alone. We know we feel sad, but we don’t know we are depressed. Then we try to cover up the crisis in our lives by adding alcohol, drugs, food – you name it.” Those are the words of 18-year-old Alex Kilby, an Ottawa resident and one of the clients of a program spearheaded and funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network. The program helps youth who have serious mentalhealth conditions make the transition from child to adult services. Such a transition can often be difficult, with some youth not knowing how to access adult services, feeling intimidated to do so, experiencing a decline in their condition, and sometimes even ending up in the emergency room. Thanks to this new program, young adults like Kilby are receiving the

individualized services they need. Kilby was recently connected to Gilles Charron, co-ordinator of transitional mental health services for youth. As a result, he attends weekly addictions and grief counselling in an adult setting. “I wouldn’t be here today without Gilles, 100 per cent. I wish there were more of him,” Kilby says. Gilles’ role is to help youth make the transition. He conducts an interview and assessment, and then sends a referral to the most appropriate health provider for adult

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the donation. For more information on the project, or how to donate used or new instruments, people can contact Snelgrove at tsnelgrove@sympatico.ca. Donations can be dropped off at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank St. during regular business hours.

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A userâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide to keeping children safe online WOCRC offers presentation for parents on Internet safety EMC news - Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that parents set guidelines for their children when it comes to using the Internet. Colleen Taylor, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community developer with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, spoke to a group of parents at W. Erskine Johnston Public School on Feb. 7 about how to keep children safe online. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You make that judgment call over how much access they have,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Set some guidelines.â&#x20AC;? Parents need to talk to their children about the possible dangers of the Internet, including privacy, luring, cyberbullying and the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teach them to respect those instincts,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Help set up the accounts with them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can make up a contract with them â&#x20AC;Ś so they know ahead of time what their privileges are and the consequences.â&#x20AC;? Of course, there are many benefits to the Internet as well, she said, citing the ability to research, complete homework and talk to family members living around the world. The biggest priority is â&#x20AC;&#x153;to keep our children safe online,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. One way to do that is to keep the family computer in a public location, such as the den or kitchen, and collect cellphones and other devices before bed. Also, talk to them about the importance of keeping passwords private. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Half of them know each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passwords,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor, adding this can make hacking an account easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remind them to keep this information private.â&#x20AC;? By age 10, about 89 per cent of children have access to the Internet. In 2005, one in seven children had been sexually solicited online, said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With instant messaging you may not know who youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking to online,â&#x20AC;? she said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great field for someone to impersonate someone else.â&#x20AC;? Which is why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for parents to have a discussion with their children and let them know if they come across anything disturbing or upsetting, or if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asked to meet someone they only know online, they can talk to an adult about it, said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they see something illegal, harmful, upsetting, they can talk to a safe adult.â&#x20AC;? CYBER-BULLYING

The pervasiveness and immediacy of technology allows bullying to carry beyond the playground and follow children home. Thirty-five per cent of youth have been threatened online. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now children canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get away from all of this,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. Signs a child may be the victim of cyber-bullying include becoming withdrawn and fearful, becoming upset after using the Internet or a lack of interest in using the computer when it was something they used to enjoy. Children could be afraid of telling an adult theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being bullied online because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ashamed or afraid they could lose their Internet privileges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They might think nobody can help or nobody will help,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. Children can now be suspended from school for cyberbullying thanks to the Safe Schools Act. As well, schools must report cyber-bullying and take it seriously. To report online bullying: â&#x20AC;˘ Set up a meeting with the school. â&#x20AC;˘ Bring specific details in writing, such as text messages, screen shots and emails. â&#x20AC;˘ Ask about the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s procedures to keep children safe. â&#x20AC;˘ Change emails, screen names and phone numbers. â&#x20AC;˘ If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not taken seriously, bring it to the school board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it gets to a certain point, the police can be called,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. Sexting is a form of send-

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With so many hazards facing children online today, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for parents to learn about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facing their children when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re surfing the web. ing sexually suggestive pictures or video. If a child under 18 engages in this type of behaviour or is the recipient of a message, they or their parents could face child pornography charges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They seem to think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite innocent,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These things go viral really quickly.â&#x20AC;? Twenty per cent of teenagers are engaging in sexting, said Taylor, adding 22 per cent are teenage girls and 18 per cent are teenage boys. However, 11 per cent of young girls between the ages of 13 and 16 have also admitted to sexting. As well, children between the ages of 12 and 17 are the largest group of Internet pornography viewers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to feel shy about going in and checking,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You pay for the

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With new technologies constantly emerging, parents need to know what sites their children are visiting. Twitter, Facebook, instant messaging systems and gaming websites can open up new worlds of possibility and danger. Taylor talked about a case study where a student set up a fake Facebook account and sent friend invitations to students sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never met. Within 24 hours, she had more than 149 friends: â&#x20AC;&#x153;nobody that she actually knew.â&#x20AC;? The fake account then had access to all the information available on her â&#x20AC;&#x153;friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? pages. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also important to point out that photos, comments

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and videos posted online never disappear completely once deleted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many children think once you delete it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What goes online stays online pretty much forever.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to â&#x20AC;&#x153;think before you click.â&#x20AC;? Online gaming can become

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Glebe Annex residents form community association Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Only four months after three Glebe Annex residents came together to start a new community association, more than 25 people attended its first official meeting. Held at the Glebe Community Centre on Feb. 6, the meeting served to establish an association in the Glebe Annex, a neighbourhood that in the past has been represented informally by the neighbouring Glebe and Dalhousie community associations. The residents at the meeting however felt it was finally time to form their own community association. “We are really pleased to see so many people here,” Sylvia Milne said. “It’s nice to see our goals come to fruition from when we started in October, to now, by the end of the night we will have an official voice at city hall.” By the end of the evening, 15 community members stepped up to form the neighbourhood’s first community association. The idea to create the association first came up when Milne saw a report in a local paper stating the neighbouring Glebe association was thinking of absorbing the Glebe Annex. She connected soon afterwards with like-minded

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Peggy Kampouris, left, Sylvia Milne and Sue Stefko were the driving force in creating a new community association for the Glebe Annex. A total of 15 residents have formed an association to represent the area. residents Sue Stefko and Peggy Kampouris who offered to help reach out to the community. They soon received more than 25 emails from others in the neighbourhood eager to form a community association. At its first official meeting, Milne introduced nine

community members who helped the association started, all of whom will be on the association’s executive. “I think it’s really important to have this community association,” said Brenda Quinlan, a new board member. “I have met more neighbours in the

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the past, said water resources engineer Sandra Mancini. Any and all information can help confirm the authorities’ calculations and mapping processes, she said. Members of the public can share their memories until the end of March, she said, and more information sessions will be held once the technical work is complete to gather even more feedback. Mancini added it’s in the residents’ best interest to provide any information they have. “Floodplain mapping is a preventative exercise,” she wrote in an email. “It’s designed to foresee sensitive areas in maximum flood conditions to protect people and property.” The John Boyce Drain located just north of Greely and flowing east from Bank Street to Ramseyville Road, and the Osgoode Garden Cedar Acres Drain flowing R0011915346

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past two months than I have in the past two years living here.” A condominium development located at 774 Bronson Ave. and 551 Cambridge St. was the catalyst that brought residents from the annex together. At the meeting, resi-

ciation first on the agenda. Residents had an opportunity to vote on four possible names at the meeting: the Glebe Annex, Glebe West, Dalhousie South and the Annex. One resident offered up a fifth option, Carling-Bronson. Stefko said the name will be announced in the group’s first official email in the coming weeks. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko and Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi welcomed the new association, offering support and encouragement. The new board intends to meet before the month is up to vote on the executive and committee chairpersons. As it stands, committees which will be formed are parks and recreation, planning and development, traffic and safety and security. Areas of focus include a desire for community space, updating the area’s only park, Dalhousie South Park, seniors’ issues and fighting inappropriate development, starting with the one at Cambridge and Bronson. A new website is currently under construction and Milne, Stefko and Kampouris encourages any Glebe Annex residents to sign up on the growing membership list by contacting the group at smglebewest@gmail.com. Membership has a volunteer $10 sign-up fee.

east from Stagecoach to John Quinn Road, have never been mapped before. Flood maps for Findlay Creek, the Monahan drain between Barrhaven and Kanata, parts of the Rideau River and parts of the Ottawa River will be updated, as well as several areas in the Ottawa Valley. The resulting flood risk maps will identify areas along the river that are vulnerable to flooding and where new development is to be restricted or prohibited in accordance with provincial planning policies. The $150,000 funding for 2013 is being split between the city and the three conservation authorities. For more information, contact Mancini with South Nation Conservation at 1877-984-2948 ext. 223 or smancini@nation.on.ca, Daley Mikalson with Rideau Valley Conservation Authority at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1150 or daley.mikalson@rvca.ca, or Doug Nuttall with Mississippi Conservation Authority at 613-259-2421 ext. 258 or dnuttall@mvc.on.ca.


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other had emptied the big white envelope onto the kitchen

table. It had been crammed full with Valentines bought at the drug store in Renfrew. They were of the simplest kind and each one had a little flap at the bottom that could be bent to allow the Valentine to stand on its own. As always there was one larger Valentine, much more elegant than the others, for the teacher. There was usually a great argument who would get the teacher card, until Mother settled the issue by having the whole five of us sign the back of it. The entire packet wouldn’t have cost Mother more than a quarter. Valentine’s Day at Northcote School was something special. There was always a cake, we wore our next-toSunday best clothes and Miss Crosby crammed an entire day’s lessons into the morning, so that the afternoon could be given over to the celebration of Valentine’s Day. That year, when I was about six years old and still one of the youngest at Northcote School, I remember Valentine’s Day as if it were yesterday. The teacher always chose someone to be the mailman and as usual Marguirite was given the job.

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories Miss Crosby took the lid off the big white mail box and handed Marguirite about five cards at a time. It wasn’t unusual to get a dozen or more Valentines that day. Most of them were signed by the sender, but some just had “from Guess Who” on them. These could be funny, or in some cases with the pupils in Senior Fourth, they bore words that bordered on romance. Of course, these were never signed and I could see my sister Audrey and her friends look around the room, giggle, and try to guess who the sender was. Yes, there were great mysteries abounding on Valentine’s Day at Northcote School. My little friends Joyce and Velma, of course, had cards for me, signed “friends forever” which gladdened my heart. Then there was one card, the picture of which is as vivid in my mind today, as it was back then in the 1930s. In itself, it wasn’t out of the ordinary. There was a picture of a little girl and who-

ever sent it to me had taken a red crayon and coloured on masses of tangled red curls. They completely covered her head and cascaded down over her shoulders. She was quite a mess and of course I had flaming red hair. There was enough space left at the bottom for the sender to print “I hate red hair.” That was bad enough to turn my face crimson and I quickly scanned the room to see who could be the culprit. Yet there was no sign of recognition. I turned the card over and there in bold printing, with the same red crayon were the words, “unless it’s on a cat!” Who could have done such a dastardly deed? Cecil! I just knew it had to be Cecil! But could it be? After all, most of the Briscoes had flaming red hair too! But Cecil was clever enough to know that would throw me off. Yes, it had to be Cecil and there he sat, the picture of innocence. He was on such good behaviour that day that I questioned if he in fact did

send me the card. He didn’t even crack his toes in his gum rubbers or wiggled his ears one at a time when Miss Crosby wasn’t looking. No, it couldn’t have been Cecil. After we had all been given a piece of the Valentine cake, we were ordered to wipe off our desks. Heaven forbid that there would a crumb left for the mice who came out of the woodwork every night. Joyce and I were given the job of sweeping up the crumbs and as we worked our way up and down the aisles, she with the dustpan and me with the broom, just as I was about to put the broom under Marguirite’s desk, there was a stub of a bright red crayon! Editor’s Note: Many times Mary has been asked if the people she writes about really existed. As she says, some names have been changed to protect the innocent. Others have graciously allowed her license to use their names in her stories. Such a person was Cecil, who Mary has written about for decades. With a heavy heart, Mary was informed on Feb. 5 that Cecil Brisco died that morning on the family farm at Northcote. Cecil’s family has agreed that he can still be very much a part of Mary’s memories of growing up during the Depression.

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Enhanced Heritage Protection of Lansdowne Park As the Lansdowne Park redevelopment continues, I am happy to report that we have been able to secure a significant expansion of heritage protection for this important landmark in ourofcommunity. Enhanced Heritage Protection Lansdowne Park ThetheOntario Heritage Trust (OHT), a provincial thehave been As Lansdowne Park redevelopment continues, I am happyagency, to report and that we able a significant expansion of heritage protectionan forexpanded this important Citytoofsecure Ottawa have worked together to negotiate andlandmark in our community. enhanced heritage conservation easement to provide improved

heritage protection Lansdowne Park in perpetuity. The Ontario Heritage for Trust (OHT), a provincial agency, and the City of Ottawa have worked together to negotiate an expanded and enhanced heritage conservation easement The original heritage easement, in 1996, only protected the to provide improved heritage protectionsecured for Lansdowne Park in perpetuity. Aberdeen Pavilion and the view from Bank Street (shown as Part 1

The original easement, secured in 1996,expands only protected the Aberdeen below). Theheritage new agreement significantly the protected area Pavilion and the view from Bank Street (shown as Part 1 below). The new agreement (shown as Part 2). significantly expands the protected area (shown as Part 2).

As a result, Lansdowne Park is now under the following heritage protection:

As a result, Lansdowne Park is now under the following heritage • The entire interior and exterior of Aberdeen Pavilion; protection: •

The view corridor from Bank Street to the Aberdeen Pavilion and six additional

protected views; • The entire interior and exterior of Aberdeen Pavilion; •

All lands that form part of the new urban park and Aberdeen Square (a new public

all indentified archaeological features, and restrictions on any future intensification or severance of the newpart urban All lands that form of park. the new urban park and Aberdeen

space north of the Pavilion that will be a farmers’ market); and • The view corridor from Bank Street to the Aberdeen Pavilion and • six additional protected views; The exterior and select interior elements of the Horticulture Building,

Square (a new public ofspace north of theis Pavilion will measures, be a Leslie Maitland, President Heritage Ottawa, supportivethat of these and farmers’ market); and notes that “the easement is a legally binding agreement which requires the City to meet the OHT’s standards for the protection of the heritage features of these • structures, The exterior elements of the the Park.” Horticulture and the and viewsselect of theseinterior structures from around Building, all indentified archaeological features, and restrictions on any future intensification or severance of the new urban park.

Grants now available for athletes with disability EMC news - The Canadian Paralympic Committee invites Canadian sport organizations and clubs to apply for the 2013-14 granting round of both the Para-Equipment Fund and the Recruitment Program Fund. The Para-Equipment Fund delivers grants of up to $5,000 to national and provincial sport organizations as well as local-level clubs to purchase adapted equipment to enable people with a disability to participate in sport. These may include sports such as wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey or skiing for people with visual impairments. Grants are awarded to cover 50 per cent of the total cost of the equipment. The applicant is responsible for covering the other 50 per cent of the equipment costs. The Recruitment Program Fund awards grants of up to $10,000 to sports organizations to financially support the creation of a new sports program or the expansion of an existing successful program that provides a positive introductory sports experience for participants with a disability. The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 19. Visit www.paralympic.ca/funding for the application and more information.

Leslie Maitland, President of Heritage Ottawa, is supportive of these measures, and notes that “the easement is a legally binding agreement which requires the City to meet the OHT’s standards for the protection of the heritage features of these structures, and the views of these structures from around the Park.”

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Overall, expandedHeritage Heritage Easement Agreement encompasses Overall, the the expanded Easement Agreement encompasses approximately three approximately three times the of Lansdowne previouslyprotects the times the area of Lansdowne Parkarea previously protected. Park This agreement significant This heritage resources,protects values and at the Park that were not protected protected. agreement the features significant heritage resources, before, including cultural heritage values, and other interests, such as its position along values and features at the Park that were not protected before, including the UNESCO Rideau Canal World Heritage Site, and protects the Park from any future cultural heritage values, and other interests, such as its position along development or intensification. the UNESCO Rideau Canal World Heritage Site, and protects the Park Sandy Smallwood, Board Member of the OHT, is “very pleased with the outcome of from any future development or intensification. negotiations at Lansdowne Park,” and notes that this agreement “encourages the creative

and much needed revitalization of the Park as aOHT, vital part of the pleased Ottawa’s with unique identity, Sandy Smallwood, Board Member of the is “very while ensuring its physical conservation, public access and historic interpretation.” the outcome of negotiations at Lansdowne Park,” and notes that this agreement creative much needed Lansdowne“encourages Park has beenthe situated at theand heart of Ottawa forrevitalization over a hundredofyears. The establishment of thepart newofHeritage Easement Agreement willwhile help ensuring us to modernize the the Park as a vital the Ottawa’s unique identity, while continuing to respect theaccess significant of this important landmark itsPark, physical conservation, public andheritage historicvalue interpretation.” in our community.

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residents, andPark I want thank the community their of advocacy in for enhancing Lansdowne hasto been situated at theforheart Ottawa over athe heritage protection at Lansdowne Park. hundred years. The establishment of the new Heritage Easement Agreement will help us to modernize thetoPark, while to Office at For further information, please do not hesitate contact me atcontinuing my Community 613-722-6414, or by email at ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org. respect the significant heritage value of this important landmark in our community. This could not have been achieved without the input of local residents, and I want to thank the community for their advocacy in enhancing the heritage protection at Lansdowne Park.

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Fluffy potato pancakes make tasty any-time meal Hearty dish a great way to make use of popular household staple EMC lifestyle - Potatoes are classified as long, round whites, round reds, or sweet. Long potatoes are the most popular. The interior is white, the skin varies from brown and rough (Russet Burbank, Russet Norkotah and Frontier Russet varieties) to buff-colored and smooth (Shepody). Round whites are usually large, round or oval with light to medium skin. The flesh is white (Kennebec, Superior and Cherokee) or yellow (Yukon Gold). Round reds have rosy red, thin, glossy skins, but otherwise they’re similar to round whites. Popular varieties are Chieftain, Rideau, Norland and Sangre. Sweet potatoes (not to be confused with yams, which are sub-tropical) have sweettasting orange flesh. Beauregard, with reddish skin, and

the smaller copper-toned Jewel are the major sweet varieties grown in Ontario. Potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, a good source of vitamin C and a source of fibre and folacin. Enjoy these hearty yet fluffy potato pancakes for breakfast with applesauce or maple syrup. They are equally delicious served for dinner accompany with gravy, ham and carrots. Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 16 minutes. Serves eight. Ingredients

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In a bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking power, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk, potatoes, maple syrup, oil and vinegar. Combine into flour mixture. Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat; coat lightly with cooking spray. Ladle about one quarter of a cup batter per pancake into skillet. Cook for two minutes or until bottoms are golden and edges look dry; turn and cook for two minutes longer or until golden and puffed. Repeat with remaining batter, spraying skillet and adjusting heat as necessary.

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Fate of Jock River group hinges on AGM turnout In existence since 1996, organization could fold if new leadership isn’t found John Curry

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EMC news - For years, Brian Finch has been a leader of the Friends of the Jock River. He has been there since the charitable non-profit organization was founded in 1996 and has served as vice-president, treasurer and president. But now he and others like founding president Niel Barrington are willing to help in an advisory capacity, but new leadership for the organization is required or else the Friends of the Jock River, which has been in dormancy for the past year, will cease to exist. A minimum slate of president, treasurer and secretary must be chosen at the upcoming annual general meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21 or the Friends of the Jock River will not be able to keep going. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Barrhaven Loblaws on Greenbank Road near Strandherd Drive in Barrhaven. Finch says that it is sad that people have not stepped up so far to form a new executive, pointing out that if the Friends of the Jock River does fold, it means that there will be no formal group monitoring the Jock River as a whole. He said that the Friends of the Jock River has always looked upon the Jock River from the perspective of a whole watershed and not just as a backyard watercourse. He says that there is still a lot of work to be done, citing the destruction of wetlands in the Goulbourn area, the extensive development at Half Moon Bay with its storm water ponds in south Nepean and the changing water quality in the Heart’s Desire area. He points out that every spot along the river is not only upstream from someone else but also is downstream from someone else as well. That means that any changes made have an impact on others, either upstream or downstream. Finch points to the extensive list of accomplishments which the Friends of the Jock River have achieved over the years since its formation in 1996.. “It’s amazing what we have done,” he says. The friends have planted over 15,000 trees along the Jock River and its tributaries including in the area of the Twin Elm bridge and at

the Richmond Conservation Area. They have erected a kilometre of fencing to keep cattle out of the Jock River while also providing a well and pump for the cattle’s drinking needs. The organization has also participated in various planning matters and issues including the Munster forcemain sewer, the Jock River subwatershed studies, the Richmond village plan, the Riverbend Golf Club rezoning and subdivision application, and zoning and site plan approvals for various quarries. In 2004, the Friends of the Jock River received the Outstanding Achievement In Natural History Conservation Award from the Ottawa Field Naturalists Club. In 2006, they earned an Award for Excellence in Environmental Conservation from the National Capital Region Wildlife Festival. NEW MEMBERS

In 2012, most of the friends executive, who had been serving virtually from the organization’s beginning in 1996, were suffering from volunteer burnout and believed that it was time to pass on the torch to others willing to advocate for the Jock River and its health. But no new executive was able to be elected at the 2012 annual general meeting and so it was dormancy for the friends, pending another try at forming a new executive this year. There is a nominating committee now that would like to hear from anyone interested in becoming involved with the FJR and assuming a place on the executive. This could include people who are interested in improving the environment of the Jock River or people who are interested in environmental issues such as water quality and quantity as well as fisheries and riparian habitat restoration. But it could also include people who have experience in finance, project management and human resources. These are also fields of expertise needed on any FJR executive going forward. If you might be interested and want to contact the nominating committee, contact information is available on the FJR website at www.jockriver.org.

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Law students get a few chuckles for charity Fundraiser brings in nearly $2,000 to help low-income families Michelle Nash

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EMC news - Students in the University of Ottawa’s law program put down their books and picked up a microphone to have a few laughs and help raise a little money for a good cause at the same time. A comedy night to raise money for Ottawa ACORN, an organization that fights for social justice for low-income families across Canada, was held Feb. 7 at the Draft Pub. Some of the university’s law students volunteer for ACORN, including Michael Currie, who helped organize the event. He said the students just wanted to help the local association. “It’s a great feeling to know that we can use the law to help others,” said Currie, who does stand-up comedy when he’s not hitting the books. “We look forward to raising some muchneeded funds to keep Ottawa ACORN’s initiative going.” Currie and six other law students and one law professor braved the stage, with some of them taking their first stab at stand up. “Everybody did great,” he said. “The audience was pumped up and we sold out very quickly.” Jill O’Reilly, an organizer at ACORN Ottawa, reached out to law students in early 2012 to match the soon-to-be lawyers

with low-income families who needed assistance in landlord and tenant matters. “Many of our members endure horrible conditions, such as cockroach infestations, mouse infestations, flooding, mould, and so on, even though they pay their rent every month,” O’Reilly said. “The law students, including Michael (Currie), volunteer their time to fight for our members and help provide them with tools to deal with their disputes.” This is the second time Currie has organized a comedy event for a cause and this year the jokes that rang through the pub during the evening involved personal experience, some law jokes and observations. “I think a lot of people don’t believe that I do stand up and am in law school – like you can’t do both,” Currie said. “I think also there are a lot of parallels with comedy and law – just having that confidence and comfort and connecting with other people – you have to do the same whether it is law or stand up.” As of last Friday, the group had raised $1,800, doubling what they raised at last year’s event. All the proceeds from the evening were donated to ACORN. Currie indicated the event may become an annual affair.

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Antonio Giamberardino, a second-year law student from the University of Ottawa, performs his routine during a comedy fundraiser for ACORN Ottawa on Feb. 7 at the Draft Pub.

Local brewery goes hog wild with latest draught creation Steph Willems

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EMC news – The Hogsback Brewing Company has become an established player in the Ottawa beer scene since forming in 2010, which might explain the co-owners’ recent adventurousness when it comes to their latest offering. Many beer drinkers have long wished they could mix

their favourite food into their favourite brew, but in the case of Hogsback, that wishing turned into reality. Enter Hogsback Aporkalypse Now oatmeal bacon stout, the company’s first limited production seasonal beer, released at a party held at the Heart & Crown on Preston Street last Friday. As far as Hogsback owners Paige Cutland, Jerry Deme-

triadis, Mark Richardson and Frank Costello are concerned, it’s the only beer like it in Canada. It’s described as the perfect mid-winter beer designed to take away the icy chill, which made it an apt remedy for the blizzard blowing outside the launch on Feb. 8. “It’s an idea we’ve all been toying with for a long time,” said Darren Stevens, spokes-

man for Hogsback. “Everyone thought it was crazy ... but more and more we said we have to do it.” Introduced to the beer world via a social media campaign and aided by a memorable label reminiscent of a famous scene from the movie that inspired its name, Aporkalpse Now has generated interest from as far afield as Denver, Edmonton and New Brunswick. However, Hogsback intends this to be a limited run

beer available only for the next month in Ottawa and Toronto. To make the product, a total of 13 kilograms of bacon (precooked) is fried, has its fat removed, then is suspended in the vat of beer in what sounds like a giant tea bag-like contraption. The bacon that gives the beer its subtle, smoky flavour – and significant bragging rights – was sourced from a husband-and-wife organic pig farm near Douglas, Ont. Gary

and Ida MacDonell run Pork of Yore, a free-range farm raising Tamworth and Berkshire pigs, which are relatively rare outside of Britain. The MacDonell’s made the snowy drive from Douglas to attend the launch, bringing with them samples of their smoked garlic pork sausages to go with the samples of stout. The pairing, as it turns out, is a near-ideal combination. See AVAILABLE, page 31

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Happy Valentine’s Day Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family. I am celebrating with my university sweetheart, Paul McRae, and wish you and yours a wonderful day.

City Service Changes for Family Day As we prepare to join our families for a day of fun, I would like to remind you that there are a few schedule changes on Family Day, Monday, February 18, 2013: •

There is no collection of green bin, recycling and garbage. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. In addition, the collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials is delayed by one day for the week of February 18, 2013.

Ottawa City Hall and all Client Service Centres are closed. The City’s 3-11 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention.

OC Transpo will operate a revised weekday schedule with minor reductions. Special school trips and school routes numbered in the 600s will not operate. The $7.75 DayPass will be valid as a Family DayPass. Please call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, please call 613741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.

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Ashbury and Orléans cadets will work with Jeff Fotti, a personal trainer at Snap Fitness, along with several other trainers during a Feb. 23 training day.

Area cadets push fitness limits Brier Dodge

the cadets during an Orléans Chamber of Commerce meeting, he thought it was a per• Recreation facilities are operating on modified schedules. There may fect fit. EMC sports - Orléans and be changes to schedules and program cancellations in order to provide special programming for the Family Day holiday. Additional swimming The fitness day will be held Ashbury cadets are going to and skating sessions will be offered at many sites. Please check at the Major EJG Holland VC be in for a shock when Allisschedules at ottawa.ca or with the facility of your choice. Armoury at 2100 Walkley Rd. ter Beauchamp and the Snap • All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library and the games hopefully at an Fitness team take over during are closed. outdoor field or school yard in their Feb. 23 fitness day. • Billings Estate National Historic Site and Shenkman’s Arts Centre are Orléans. Beauchamp, along with open for Family Day events. “They’ll have to get ready trainers Jeff Fotti, Cierra Manbecause this summer’s going sergh and Dale Boyer, will run to be brutal,” he said, with a March Break Camps smile. School will be out for a week of fun during March Break and the City of “We’re going to bring tires, Ottawa is offering over 100 action-packed camps in sports, arts, water fun sledgehammers, for the day. and more for children ages 3-12. Leadership and specialty camps are also available for youth 12 years of age and older. The fitness day will be a teaser for this summer.” Cadets will all be doing March Break is taking place March 11 to 15, 2013. the same challenges, but there Find your neighbourhood adventure and register online at ottawa.ca/ will likely be a younger and recreation: older group for the challenge • Take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps. for the 14 to 18 year olds. 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Contestants may submit multiple entries, but will only be eligible to We stand on guard for thee. make sure to clock their gym win one prize. time – they will be required to God keep our land glorious and free Eight entrants will be chosen to be part of the 2013 Winners Circle, F sharing A L L 2 0 1 1 O Canada! work out three times a week recognition at An Afternoon of Readings on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the tCanada derives its name from the Iroquois word kanata, O Canada! We stand on guard for thee to keep Heron Seniors’ Centre, 1480 Heron“village” Road. Aor $400 prize will.be shared among O Canada! Our home and native land their membership and meaning “settlement” the winners. members may be asked O Canada! We stand on guard for thee. True patriot love in all thy sonsfamily command. tJames Naismith invented basketball in 1891. @CouncillorMcRae Please join me in celebrating our magnificent country by dorise odd jobs at the gym. For full contest details,tCanada’s you can pick upcolours a brochure any City –ofwere Ottawa With glowing hearts we seeto thee official – redat and white Library or Client Service proclaimed Centre. For by details English, you can also call the “What if one of these kids King in George V in 1921. proudly our flagbyinvisiting your our 10 community museums. The true north, strong and free Get the displaying whole Ottawa story Heron Seniors’ Centre at 613-247-4808, ext. 2. For details in French, you can takes a liking to moving From far and wide, O Canada tCanada’s “Maple Leaf” flag was first flown on They’re affordable, easyor to business. find, fun to visit and offer hands-on activities that kids love. home call the Carleton HeightsFebruary Community Centre at 613-226-2208, ext. 225. around?” he said. “If even 15, 1965. We stand on guard for thee. Joignez-vous à moi pour célébrer notre merveilleux pays en The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 15, 2013 and thereduring is an entry takes to it, I would be tTerry Fox inspired millions of Canadians his 1980 God keep our land gloriousone and free Start your trip at ottawamuseumnetwork.ca O Canada! fee of $6.25 per story. cross-country run to raise money and awareness for thrilled.” O Canada! We stand on guard for thee affichant avec fierté cancer notre drapeau dans votre résidence research. Cadets O Canada! We stand on guard for thee. is a free program O Canada! Terre de nos aieux Your Strong Voice at City Hall offered in the community, with Check out what’s happening March break: glorieux! Ton front estthis ceint de fleurons ou votre entreprise. a large group meeting at the As always, I appreciate hearing from you and encourage you to keep in touch Billings Estate National Historic Site Nepean Museum Orléans Legion on Wednesday with me as it allows me to serve you better. 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Museum price of admission tLes couleurs officielles du Canada – le rouge et le Cadets will have to write an Car ton bras sait porter l’épée Join us for Big Rock Candy Mountain Day, Junior Pioneer Day Des plus brilliants exploix. blanc – ont été proclamées par le roi George V en 1921. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum essay to be considered for the and for old-fashioned toys and games day! MarchIl13-15, from la croix! sait porter tLe drapeau arborant la feuille d’érable a été hissé pour la $5/child Build a pinhole camera, a model airplane, a miniature Et tagreenhouse valeur, de1:00-4:00p.m., foi trempée free family membership, and Ton histoire est une épopée première fois le 15 février 1965. and more! March 11-15. $35/per person. For families and kids 6-14. Vanier Museopark the cadets will recommend Des plus brilliants exploix. Maria McRae Protégera nos foyers et nos droits tTerry Fox a inspiré des millions de Canadiens et de Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum Sweet activities happening at the Sugar Shack: bird-feeder, taffy and families to Beauchamp. Et ta valeur, de foi trempée River Ward City Councillor Spy Camp: Learn the basics of codes as you sneak around the Canadiennes lors de son marathon transcanadien en butter making workshops. March 11, 13 & 15. 10:00 a.m., $2/activity nos foyers et nos droits. Maria He said the challenge will museum and uncover the mystery of Protégera AgentMcRae X. March 11-15. Protégera nos foyers et nos droits Conseillère, quartier 1980 en vue de collecterRivière des fonds pour la recherche Daily: 8:30-4:30. $225/child per week or $50/day. Ages 7-12 Watson’s Mill River Ward City Councillor also incorporate aspects of sur le cancer et de sensibiliser la population à cet égard. Protégera nos foyers et nos droits. Conseillère, quartier Rivière Join us for Circus Camp March 12. Watson’s Mill gets goofy with all Goulbourn Museum sportsmanship. things Disney on March 14. 9:00-4:00, $25/child and $20/member Don lab coats and learn how to handle artefacts, create an “I want to remind them that exhibit and dig for treasures! 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the last 60 to 90 minutes of the day to prepare cadets for the first ever Snap Fitness Games this summer. And the fitness games are going to force cadets to go all out, flipping tires and cranking out more pushups than they’ve ever done before. The aim of the games is to give the cadets a fitness challenge to work towards after

the Feb. 23 assessment, and get youth active on an ongoing basis. Beauchamp, who owns the Orléans and Rockland Snap Fitness locations, said he was shocked when he recently read a study that claimed for the first time in 100 years, youth have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. So when he got talking to

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EMC community - A new committee aimed at bridging the gap between students and homeowners living in Sandy Hill says it needs more volunteers to make the endeavour a success. The Town and Gown committee is a pilot project seeking to improve relationships and communication among those living and working in the neighbourhood, including the University of Ottawa, police, residents, students and landlords. The committee meets three times a year and has two working groups, one focused on housing and another on strategic initiatives. The working groups meet every month. So far, participation has been minimal. Christopher Collmorgen, president of Action Sandy Hill, is one of the residents who fought for the committee based on similar ones that exist in other Ontario university towns. Collmorgen and fellow

concerned residents celebrated when the city agreed to set up the pilot project, stating at the time he hoped it would help mend the divide between homeowners, landlords and students. The committee officially started in September and now halfway through its first year, he is concerned about the level of participation - specifically the lack of students sitting around the table. “We can’t guess what students’ concerns are; they bring a perspective that we don’t know about,” Collmorgen said. There are nine seats on the committee including RideauVanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury, a representative of the student federation and a representative of the graduate student association. Currently, the two student positions remain empty and no students have attended the meetings. “We are only addressing what we see is the problem,” Collmorgen said. “There is a place at the table for the stu-

dents and those positions are not being used, and that is hard for us to raise their concerns for them,” he said. In the past, the area had a good neighbours committee which addressed concerns from residents about noise, garbage and other bylaw infractions. The new Town and Gown committee is meant to be a place where both parties -- students and homeowners - can voice their concerns and issues with the neighbourhood. Fleury said the having students participate is definitely important for the success of the project. “We need them there,” he said. “We feel it is important to have them there to discuss the issues they have.” Although students have yet to show up to a working group meeting, Collmorgen said participation as a whole could be better. The president questions whether the timing of the meetings is the problem. Currently, the working group meetings are held at around 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., times Collmorgen admits may make it difficult for many to attend. “Timing is a problem,” he said. “The timing has been a matter of convenience for the people organizing it. It

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The aftermath of a St. Patrick’s Day party in Sandy Hill last year prompted residents search for a way to live happily alongside university students in the area. not isolated to Sandy Hill,” Collmorgen said. Anyone is welcome to attend the next two working group meetings. The housing working group meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Sandy Hill Community Centre on Feb.22. The strategic initiatives meeting, which will discuss upcoming events such as preparation for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day, will meet on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Sandy Hill Community Centre.

of the Town and Gown, this is a collective for the community and if everyone can voice their concerns, working together we can resolve those issues.” Collmorgen also invites students from across the city and members of other associations to also come out to participate. “There are more students living in Ottawa than just in Sandy Hill and the issues they have, or residents have, are

seems to be done in a way that reps who work a nine-to-five job could get the meeting in before the end of the day. I would like to see these meetings to be held later.” Collmorgen will be proposing that the upcoming February meetings will be the last ones held at this time. “I really feel a lot of the issues students have are ultimately the same issues the community has,” Collmorgen said. “And that is the purpose

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detrimental if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come every week,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will get more difďŹ cult as the weeks go on.â&#x20AC;? The program will run every Tuesday until March 21. Sheila King will lead the watercolour sessions and Joan McLean will teach drawing. Everyone is welcome to

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Parker said the mill wants to increase programming while partnering with local talent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of programs for adults outside of events,â&#x20AC;? Parker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of local artists in the village; there are lots of different organizations and communities, and Sheila King was re-

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artists to offer weekly lessons in drawing and watercolour painting. The program started on Tuesday, Feb. 12 but organizer Melanie Parker said artists can start late. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be progressive so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be learning something new every week, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not

ally interested in working with Watsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mill on a program.â&#x20AC;? Lessons cost $15 per adult and $10 for seniors. Group rates can be arranged for ďŹ ve or more people. Parker said the cost will cover basic supplies, but if participants want to bring their own supplies they can. She said the mill is also reaching out to artists for supply donations. For more information or to register call 613-692-6455.

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West-end woman hounoured with Medal of Bravery Nursing student honoured for rescuing drowning woman in 2010 Blair Edwards blair.edwards@metroland.com

EMC news – Laura MacDonald had to take a break from her nursing internship at Queen’s University. But she had a pretty good reason. The 22-year-old Katimavik woman had a date at Rideau Hall on Friday, Feb. 8, where she was awarded a Governor General Medal of Bravery. “That was a huge shock,” said MacDonald. “I feel very special, very honoured.” Gov. Gen. David Johnston presented four Stars of Courage and 46 Medals of Bravery last week. The awards were created in 1972 to recognize people who risk their lives to protect or try to save others. The Medal of Bravery recognizes acts of bravery during hazardous circumstances. MacDonald never expected to receive an award for her actions on March 20, 2010, the night she saved a fellow Queen’s student from drowning. That night, MacDonald and a group of five of her fellow students were out for a walk along the Lake Ontario waterfront across from her residence, when they heard cries coming from the water. MacDonald and her friends ran to the pier where they saw a purple leather jacket lying on the dock, the type commonly used by Queen’s engineering students. Nearly three metres below

the pier, a young woman was thrashing in the water. The students threw a line to the woman and pulled her close to the pier and then tried to pull her out, but couldn’t reach her. “Instinct kind of kicked in,” said MacDonald. “I just grabbed my friend’s hand and he swung me into the water. “I just had to help her and get her out of the water – it was really cold,” she said. “It was really just an instinctive kind of thing. Someone was in danger.” There were ladders with metal rungs leading up the concrete pier, but they were difficult to see in the dark. MacDonald, who earned a bronze cross in swimming and took lessons at the Kanata Leisure Centre, knew how dangerous it was to try and save someone who was drowning and flailing their arms and body in a panic. But the water was icy cold and the woman needed help. MacDonald remembered a move from her days playing forward for the Earl of March Lions girls rugby team. She dove underneath the drowning woman and grabbed her by the thighs and then braced her feet on a nearby concrete piling. “It’s a technique we use in rugby to get people off the ground to throw in,” said MacDonald. “I went underwater to get the momentum. “If I hadn’t of played rugby for so long I don’t think I’d be able to get her out of the

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Laura MacDonald, second from left, waits outside Rideau Hall, where the Kanata woman received the Governor General’s Medal of Bravery Award on Friday, Feb. 8. Pictured above are: Reginald MacDonald, Laura, Gov. Gen. David Johnston and Julia MacDonald, Laura’s mother. water.” When the drowning woman’s body was raised high enough out of the water, MacDonald’s friends grabbed her and pulled her up to the pier. “At the time I wasn’t the least bit concerned for myself,” she said. “I’m a pretty strong swimmer. Afterwards it kicked in, ‘I’m kind of in some really cold water.” MacDonald found a ladder and slowly climbed out of the

water. “It’s really hard to climb out because it’s little metal bars,” she said. When she reached the top, MacDonald, who was cold, wet and very tired, returned to her residence, while her friends waited for an ambulance to arrive. “We were (later) told she was fine,” she said. Over the next week, MacDonald, who had been nursing a cold, developed bronchitis. “I actually wasn’t going

to tell my parents about what happened that night because I was afraid they’d be angry because I put myself in danger,” she said. In 2011, MacDonald received a commendation of merit from the Kingston police. MacDonald, who attended both Katimavik Elementary School and Earl of March while growing up, was later nominated for the Governor General’s Medal of Bravery by her father, Reg.

“I’m pretty proud,” he said the day before the awards ceremony. “Very proud.” Laura MacDonald had been keeping the news of her award under wraps, said Reg. “She hasn’t even told hardly any of her friends, just the ones who were there; she’s kept it pretty low key.” But her parents’ enthusiasm was infectious, his daughter said. “Everyone’s got me pumped about it,” she said. “My parents are pretty excited.”

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Economy grows as incomes lag for bottom 90 per cent Derek Dunn derek.dunn@metroland.com

EMC news â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The federal government continues to trumpet Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing economy even as two more reports point to growing inequality and poverty. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and other Conservatives have said for years that Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy is doing relatively well. They point to the growing gross domestic product (GDP) as proof. But the GDP benefits investors more than working people. They point to an unemployment rate hovering just more than seven per cent. But many jobs created since the 2008 financial collapse are not the good-paying, union jobs in manufacturing; more and more jobs created today are in the low-paying service industry. It has created a startling income gap examined in reports by two national think tanks. The right-wing leaning Conference Board of Canada issued a report card saying the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential and reputation are falling when it comes to societal issues like inequality and poverty. It gave Canada a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; good for a seventh place ranking out of 17 developed countries, a middle-of-thepack ranking that leaves room for improvement. Social democracies such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland top the rankings; countries with lax financial regulations - Japan and the U.S. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; got a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dâ&#x20AC;? ranking. Inequality â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both income and gender - was the primary reason for Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ranking, according to the report. The top 10 per cent have enjoyed a 34 per cent rise in income

over the last 30 years (about the time trickledown economics was introduced), while the bottom 10 per cent have seen their earnings rise just 11 per cent, according to the report. The reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author, Brenda Lafleur, is concerned about inequality in education most of all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Better education is a powerful way to achieve growth that benefits all,â&#x20AC;? Lafleur said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very hard for the child of poor parents to do well (if costs continue to escalate).â&#x20AC;? WORST POVERTY RATE

Canada has the dubious distinction of having the highest poverty rate among the 17 countries the report looked at. The child poverty rate is 15.1 per cent, up from 12.8 per cent in the mid-1990s. Only the U.S. ranked lower. Working-age poverty is 11.1 per cent, up from 9.4 per cent in the late 1990s, good for a tie with the U.S. and Japan. The Conference Board said without government benefits and taxes, poverty rates would jump to 23 per cent, compared to the current 12. Lafleur said Canadians self-identify as a compassionate country, but only because they compare the country with the U.S. Of the positives for Canada, acceptance of diversity, life satisfaction, and lower rates in homicides and burglaries were better than most of the other 17 countries. RICH GETTING RICHER

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) did an analysis of recent Statistics Canada data that showed the income gap between the richest 1 per cent

and the rest of Canadians continues to grow. The rich take in almost $180,000 more today than 30 years ago (adjusted for inflation). The bottom 90 per cent saw income gains of just $1,700. Usually the presumption is that rural folks are worse off than those in cities. But when it comes to the countries three largest cities, the bottom 90 per cent actually make less today than in 1982. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen drops of between $224 and $4,300. The top one per cent have seen gains between $162,000 and $297,000, according to the left-leaning think tank. CCPA senior economist David Macdonald is concerned that workers may begin to lose faith in the unwritten social contract. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the bottom 90 per cent are not sharing in prosperity, then you have reached a crisis,â&#x20AC;? Macdonald said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You begin to ask if the system is fair. That idea that if you work hard, can you still get ahead?â&#x20AC;? He said the top one per cent in Ottawa made an average $237,000 in 1982. Today itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $394,000, an increase of 67 per cent. The bottom 90 per cent saw an increase from $32,000 to $37,000 or a 14 per cent trickle up. Macdonald said one of the solutions is to tax the top one or two per cent more. Critics say they are the job creators and will simply move elsewhere if taxes become too burdensome. Macdonald doubts that will happen. There are still ultra rich living in heavily-taxed jurisdictions like the Nordic countries. The rich were taxed at much higher rates in Canada, too, between the 1930s and 1970s. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when the middle class was strongest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They can afford to give a little more,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Anglers encouraged to stay safe on the ice The Ministry of Natural Resources is reminding anglers to check local ice conditions before heading out onto the ice to fish. â&#x20AC;˘ Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness across most lakes and rivers. This can be even more hazardous at the start of the winter season when near-shore ice is often much thicker and safer than ice further out. Check thickness regularly with a spud bar or auger as you move further out. â&#x20AC;˘ Not all ice is created equal. Ice that has formed over flowing water, springs, pressure cracks, old ice holes or around the mouths of rivers and streams can be weaker than surrounding ice. â&#x20AC;˘ Clear blue ice is the strongest. White or opaque ice is much weaker. Ice that has a honeycombed look, common

during thaws or in the spring, should be avoided altogether. â&#x20AC;˘ Travelling on frozen lakes or rivers with snowmobiles or vehicles can be particularly dangerous and added precautions must be taken. At least 20 centimetres of clear blue ice is required for snowmobiles and 30 centimetres or more is needed for most light vehicles. This thickness should be doubled if the ice is white or opaque. â&#x20AC;˘ Heavy snow on a frozen lake or river can insulate the ice below and slow down the freezing process.

Before venturing out: â&#x20AC;˘ Check ice conditions with local ice hut operators or other anglers. â&#x20AC;˘ Let others know where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning to fish and when you plan to return. â&#x20AC;˘ Appropriate clothing and equipment are critical to safety and comfort; many anglers wear floatation suits and carry a set of ice picks. â&#x20AC;˘ Register your ice hut, where required. Check the 2013 recreational fishing regulations summary or contact your local ministry office for requirements. R0011916110

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Hogsback Brewing Company employees Darren Stevens, left, Dan Webster, Steve Morrier, Paige Cutland, Pork of Yore owner Gary MacDonell and Heart & Crown employee Karla Hobbs are seen at the launch of Hogsbackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aporkalypse Now Oatmeal Bacon Stout on Feb. 8.

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Gary recalls being approached by the guys from Hogsback and was surprised to learn their intentions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we learned more about them we were pretty honoured,â&#x20AC;? said Gary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We market about 100 to 120 pigs a year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very small, out-

door operation.â&#x20AC;? Asked if he ever thought heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be consuming his farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s product in a glass, Gary, holding a pint of the brew, shook his head. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like it,â&#x20AC;? he stated, adding they will be serving it along side pulled pork on a bun at WinterBrewed, a festival taking place on Sparks Street this

weekend. Anyone wanting to get their taste buds acquainted with the Aporkalypse Now oatmeal bacon stout had better act fast before kegs run dry on the limited supply. The beer is available only at select locations until the end of February, among them the Preston Heart & Crown.

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Updated plan for Vanier main streets revealed Business presence lacking as city looks at downzoning Montreal Road sites Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - Curiosity and excitement about sparking Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revitalization brought a couple dozen people out to an open house on Feb. 6. Those in attendance didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much to react to as there is no proposal yet, but the goal is to update the antiquated zoning along Montreal Road thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a remnant of amalgamation. The development policies are more restrictive than anywhere else in the city, according to city planner Melanie Knight. For instance, there is a unique rule that buildings on most parcels along Montreal Road can contain only a maximum of 30 per cent residential space. That policy restricts mixed-use development â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the dense mix of condos on top of retail or commercial space that the city prizes as a way to create lively neighbourhoods, since local businesses can be supported by the surrounding residents, who benefit from

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This diagram includes blocks that illustrate the size and height of buildings that could be constructed along Montreal Road in Vanier under the existing zoning rules. The city is updating development policies for the Montreal Road and McArthur Avenue corridors. close access to goods and services. That vision is largely what people who attended the Feb. 6 meeting hoped would come to Vanier. Cam Holmstrom, a Vanier resident and provincial New Democratic Party candidate for Ottawa-Vanier, said the

neighbourhood has a lot of potential. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It needs a bit of a spit shine,â&#x20AC;? Holmstrom said. Nearby access to businesses is already part of Vanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attractiveness, so Holmstrom wanted to see that maintained and built upon. Allowing more residential

development right on Montreal Road would also help with some of the remaining safety issues, especially at night, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that would also help frankly with some of the issues people have seen with the area in the past,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More people living here,

  

more people walking here makes for a more solid community.â&#x20AC;? Carole Dagenais, an Orleans resident who works in Vanier, also wanted to see more residents and a mix of businesses, but she was also wary of the potential for taller buildings. Dagenais worked downtown at a time when many of the coreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taller buildings were constructed, so she said she saw firsthand the impact of blocking out sunlight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has to have pockets of light so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not creating a very dark city,â&#x20AC;? she said. Any alterations that make the area more attractive to developers would be a positive change, she added. Mike Bulthuis, president of the Vanier Community Association, agreed. He expects to see an influx of â&#x20AC;&#x153;majorâ&#x20AC;? development proposals after this process results in updates to the zoning and Official Plan as it applies to the area. CHANGES TO MCARTHUR?

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But Bulthuis said he was concerned about another aspect of the study that just came to light â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the potential to remove McArthur Avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional main street designation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a lot of residents hope McArthur moves in that direction (of becoming a traditional main street), so if this is an opportunity to remove that designation, it would be really unfortunate,â&#x20AC;? Bulthuis said. City staff is looking at whether that designation makes sense for McArthur, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it will change, Knight said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;McArthur has a different feel than Montreal Road does,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just whether when you drive down or walk down McArthur (Avenue), do you still get that same feel as Montreal Road? â&#x20AC;Ś On the surface it might not make sense to be a traditional main street, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still looking

at it to determine that. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not really sure.â&#x20AC;? The changes would clarify for developers what they could build in the area and streamline that process by eliminating the need to seek lengthy and expensive zoning and Official Plan amendments at city hall. DOWNZONING POSSIBLE

While no businesses or Montreal Road property owners attended the Feb. 6 open house, Knight said she is hoping to get their input soon, especially because the new zoning may result in building height decreases on some properties. There are several sites where buildings as tall as 42 metres (around 14 storeys) would be allowed; however, the city normally only allows buildings to be up to nine storeys tall along traditional main streets like Montreal Road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the owners may object to a reduction in height but it would be more consistent with the policies for (traditional main streets) in the Official Plan, which is why the city is undertaking the exercise,â&#x20AC;? Suzanne Valiquet, executive director of the Quartier Vanier merchantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association, said in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot speak on behalf of the owners and am not aware of any that have opposed the new amendment.â&#x20AC;? The business group hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met to form opinions or comments on the project, but Valiquet said she expects the changes to build on the already increasing interest in redeveloping Vanier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, finally, after 30 years where development came to a standstill, the risk takers are coming here,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already potential investors in the works before the Official Plan came up â&#x20AC;Ś But this might help facilitate the task.â&#x20AC;? Knight is expected to attend an upcoming BIA board meeting to engage with the local business community.


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EMC news - A program aimed at teaching girls the value of fitness, health and mental well-being has expanded to Ottawa’s south end. Girls on the Run is a charity based in Toronto, but this year the organization expanded its reach to Ottawa with two locations, first in Manor Park in the east end and now a new location in the Hunt Club neighbourhood at the Flavour Factory Dance Studio. The 10-week program consists of teaching participants in grades 3-5 how to run a five kilometre race, as well as tackle tough issues girls face today at home, in the classroom and in the schoolyard.

“We are thrilled to bring the Girls on the Run to Ottawa,” said Rina De Donato, chief executive for the organization. “We are keen to see the program expand across the city.” Aside from learning to run, topics in the curriculum include gossip, bullying, eating disorders, substance abuse and community responsibility. “It’s essential, from a young age, for girls to not only build a strong self-esteem but also understand how they can maintain it as they travel through life,” De Donato said. Flavour Factory Dance Studio owner Sami Elkout said he was pleased to offer up free space for the program to run in his studio. “We are always looking for ways to help the community,” Elkout said. The goal for the organization is to help raise money to support positive physical, mental, emotional and social


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EMC news – The high-tech industry’s push to find more software and app programmers has entered the classrooms of A.Y. Jackson Secondary School. A Grade 10 computer science class at the Glen Cairn high school recently celebrated the creation of 10 apps for the BlackBerry Playbook, teaching tools that were tested out on an enthusiastic group of grade 3 and 4 students at John Young Elementary School. The students held an apprelease party on Jan. 23, unveiling programs that taught math and geography while enjoying a lunch of pizza, soft drinks and juice. “It was an amazing feeling. The kids play with it and actually enjoy it,” said Melissa Manseau, who together with her fellow students Cameron Wissing and Justin Kim created The Fishygame, an app that teaches basic math schools. Brendan Marentette and Awalie Hassan produced the Animal Race Xtreme Edition, a game that teaches children basic math skills. “We talked to the kids and the kids were interested in making a race game with animals,” Marentette said. The computer science students started the course with no background in programming, first learning the basics of Turing and Flash, a graphic user interface and then moving on to Action Script 3, a coding program that allowed students to generate game mechanics. Matt Hodgson, a software developer at BlackBerry, formerly known as RIM, who has worked on Twitter applications for the older BlackBerry phones as well as an app for the new BlackBerry 10, visited the class an hourand-a-half each week last fall, helping the students pick up the basics of programming language and troubleshooting any coding problems. “I was blown away by the work they did,” said Hodgson. “I wasn’t expecting that much; this was their first programming class.” Cameron said he wants to one day get a job in the hightech industry. “I hope to follow in Matt’s footsteps, try to get a good job, something to do with coding,” he said. Helen Nowell’s grade 3 and 4 class at John Young acted as the customers for the apps, giving the groups of Grade 10 students direction on what kind of apps they would like. “The kids told us what they wanted,” said Thao-Tran. “We just made that happen. Thao-Tran Le-Phuong’s group created an app called !Explosions!, a game where children are asked to match capital cities with provinces. “They wanted an explosions game,” she said. “There’s bombs and there’s provinces and you just kind of

blow them up. “When we showed them our app, they said, ‘Oh, that’s cool.’” The John Young students provided art work for the apps, which were scanned onto the computers and manipulated using Adobe Photoshop. “They needed to make company logos and they needed to make the idea for the game,” said Nowell. The grade 3 and 4 students also learned how to use scratch, an MIT-developed graphical language designed for young people. “It was really neat,” said Nowell. “In the design of the program, a lot of the connection is supposed to be through art.” The children also visited A.Y. Jackson several times last fall and winter to see how the app programs were coming along. “I think they really enjoyed seeing their artwork turn up on the screen,” Nowell said. This year is Carla Kirby’s first time teaching the apps development program. “It surprised me how well it worked and how students were excited,” she said. “It was energizing just to be in the room watching those kids talk.” Kirby, who teaches grade 10, 11 and 12 computer science courses, said students will learn C++ programming in Grade 11 and develop more advanced apps in Grade 12. This is the first year app programming has been offered at A.Y. Jackson, a course that falls under the umbrella program TechU.me. TechU.me, a program designed to entice high school students into considering a career in technology, was launched in 2007 by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, which has since changed its name to Invest Ottawa, and a cluster of hightech companies that hoped to boost the number of youth entering computer science programs at universities and colleges. The pilot project ran from 2007-11 in four Ottawa high schools: Earl of March Secondary School, Garneau Catholic high school, Mother Theresa High School and All Saints Catholic High School. Last September, the program expanded to 19 high schools, which included A.Y. Jackson, with plans to grow to 25 over the next two years. “The really critical thing that came out of the pilot project was the recipe for success, which is having the high school students working with the elementary students, but also having the industry mentor visit the classroom,” said Maria Smirnoff, a spokeswoman for the Ottawa Network for Education, a division of Invest Ottawa. The first year of the pilotproject, high school students visited high-tech industries, such as IBM-Canada and Cisco Systems Inc., to experience

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Thao-Tran Le-Phuong, left, Melissa Manseau and Brendan Marentette, are three of 22 students in the Grade 10 introduction to computer science course at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School in Glen Cairn who recently finished programming 10 apps for the BlackBerry Playbook. the work environment. Over the next four years, the project evolved and became more hands on for the students, said Smirnoff. Starting in the project’s second year, students worked on building small XO laptops, which were later shipped to schools in Third World countries. In 2010, Patrick Coxall, a Grade 10 computer science teacher at Mother Theresa High School in Barrhaven, suggested schools teach youth how to program apps for mobile devices such as Playbooks and iPads. “The teacher, on his own, created model teaching apps,” said Smirnoff. “We took the model and used it in other schools.” This year, the program received $961,000 in funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario to expand the TechU.Me program from four to 25 high schools over the next three years. TechU.me has four industry partners: IBM-Canada, Adobe, BlackBerry and Macadamian, which provided classroom space, Playbooks, Adobe Creative Suite licensing, and assistance monitoring the students’ development. TechU.me also offers science summer camps for grades 6 and 8 students in the Ottawa area, teaching them how to build robots with Lego, social media, app development and website design. Enrolment in computer science programs at Canadian universities and colleges has gone up since the program started, said Smirnoff. “But the demand has grown,” she said. “A lot of the partners we’re working with in the industry are saying, ‘We are desperate for talent.’” Smirnoff said TechU.me aims to remove negative ste-

reotypes associated with a job in high tech and encouraging high school students to consider a career in software programming and app devel-

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vik woman completing her second year in a bachelor of applied science at the University of Ottawa, where she is majoring in software engineering. El-Rayyes, 19, never considered a career in computer programming until she entered the TechU.Me program at Earl of March Secondary School. In 2008, El-Rayyes was finishing Grade 9 and was certain she wanted to study chemistry in university, when she came across a Grade 10 computer science course. “It was really new to me,” said El-Rayyes. “I didn’t know anything about computer science or java or anything like that.” The Earl of March student learned how to make games to put on XO laptops. “I was going into chemistry before that, but I switched,” said El Rayyes. “I really, really liked having a final product in the end.” This summer, El-Rayyes will be starting a paid internship with Nakima Systems, a company in Kanata. It helped that when she contacted the company to apply for the internship her industry mentor who taught her introductory programming at Earl of March answered the phone. “There’s a huge job market,” said El-Rayyes.

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EMC news - One of the sweetest educational opportunities you’ll ever experience is returning to the South Nation Watershed for its 13th season. South Nation Conservation Authority, in partnership with Sand Road Maple Farm in Moose Creek, east of Ottawa, will once again offer its maple education program to provide a unique, hands-on history of the production of maple syrup. Guided by conservation authority interpreters, students from kindergarten to Grade 12 can enjoy a leisurely hike through the sugar bush while learning how maple syrup makes it from the tree to your breakfast table. Program participants will learn about the evolution of the sugaring process, from boiling sap in a hollowed-out log as the aboriginals did to using the huge cast iron kettles of the early settlers to the development of today’s modern evaporators. And, if the weatherman cooperates, participants will see maple syrup being made. While there’s plenty of fun to be had during a Sand Road outing, program inter-

preter Chris Craig said the true emphasis is on education. Students learn woodlot management, the role forests play within watersheds and how to identify various tree species. “Students will gain a better understanding of how humans are connected to nature, and how that connection has evolved over the years,” Craig said. “Lessons learned at Sand Road can last a lifetime.” The bilingual program is offered between March 5 and April 5, and interested schools must book their visits in advance through the conservation authority. The two hour tours, which follow the kindergarten to Grade 12 science curriculum, start at 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. To offset expenses, this year’s cost per participant is $6, which includes the tour and a maple treat. Pancake meals are also available starting at $4.50 per person. The minimum number per group is 15. To help make the program more accessible, South Nation is offering bus subsidies of up to $150 per eligible school. For more information or to book a tour, call Karen Paquette at 1-877-984-2948, extension 286.

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EMC news - The city is putting teeth behind its new community design plans and secondary plans for rural villages. On Feb. 7, the city’s agriculture and rural affairs committee approved zoning rules that will enable the city to enforce those new policies. The changes arose from last year’s rural review, which outlined policies aimed at supporting appropriate economic development in villages and encouraging growth and redevelopment in village cores, rather than spread throughout the countryside. While Manotick’s community design plan process is set to kick off later this year, plans for Carp and Constance Bay were completed last year and the city also outlined amendments to general policies for land use in rural wards. The villages covered by the new consolidated villages secondary plan are: Ashton, Burritt’s Rapids, Carlsbad Springs, Cumberland, Dunrobin, Fitzroy Harbour, Galetta, Kars, Kenmore, Kinburn, Marionville, Metcalfe, Munster, Navan, Notre Dame des Champs, Osgoode, Sarsfield, Vars and

Vernon. The terminology in the plan brings the description of land uses up to date to reflect existing uses. Most of the changes involve changing zoning from village mixed-use, which includes a commercial component, to village residential, or vice versa, depending on what types of buildings currently exist on the affected properties. There are also some changes to encourage people to establish home-based businesses. In certain areas along busier roads and in village cores, the number of non-resident employees at a home-based business has been increased from one to two and the business can now take up to 45 per cent of the area of the home (75 square metres). Other changes encourage residential care facilities for seniors to be located close to village cores to ensure close proximity to services and public transportation. The changes are meant to reduce the need for one-off minor variances and rezonings that result in a piecemeal approach to rural development. Village plans for North Gower and Richmond are not affected by the new consolidated plan because they were completed within the last

five years and are up-to-date. Greely’s plan was reviewed, but didn’t require any changes, Ruddy said. There are some zoning changes that affect all 26 villages, including Manotick, North Gower, Richmond and Greely. Klaus Beltzner, president of the Manotick Village and Community Association, had hoped to convince councillors to amend the report to include context about the status of reviews of Manotick’s plans, but the best he got was city planning manager John Moser declaring on the record that the review is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2013. A minor zoning issue in Carp Hills was identified during the meeting, when property owner and developer Doug Rivington told the committee he recently discovered that a zoning anomaly treats a field in the corner of his land as an environmental protection area. Ruddy examined the zoning map and came to the conclusion that the environmental area’s boundary was mistakenly drawn through the Carp Hills land and agreed to take a closer look at the issue to see if the property’s zoning needs to be amended to allow development in that spot.

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EMC news - Eleven-yearold Darcy McRae is hoping to “give back a little bit” after he and his family had the opportunity to visit Paris for a week thanks to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. The Bridlewood boy, a cancer survivor, is looking to pay it forward by raising money to grant another child’s wish. “I started (fundraising) after the whole brain tumour thing,” said Darcy, who attends W.O. Mitchell Elementary School. The Grade 6 student is matter of fact discussing his battle with cancer. Darcy was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010, when he was eight years old. Suffering from flu-like symptoms, vomiting and severe headaches were chalked

up to illness, until a visit to the eye doctor. “They looked in my eyes and said ‘You have to get to CHEO,’” said Darcy. “They ran a whole whack of tests. The next day, I had surgery.” Non-cancerous, the tumor was “the size of a golf ball,” said Darcy, who underwent a 17-hour surgery, followed by two months of radiation. “There’s some still in there … so it’s like if you cut a golf ball in half.” Last summer, Darcy travelled to Paris with his family, courtesy of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. “My brother went to Paris the year before. It sounded like fun and it was,” said Darcy. The McRaes had the chance to visit the Louvre, a carnival and Aquarium de Paris, took a river cruise and climbed the Eiffel Tower.

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Darcy McRae, 11, is raising money to grant another child his or her wish after he received a trip to Paris through the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. “It’s actually a really amazing structure,” said Darcy. “We climbed the stairs. It was fun.” WISH

Darcy wants to raise funds to grant another child his or her wish. He raised $500 going doorto-door in his neighbourhood the first year for the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada. The following year, he raised $2,500.

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“All the neighbours are extremely supportive,” said Darcy, who plays peewee hockey with the Kanata Minor Hockey Association, water polo and enjoys hitting the gym. Now, he’s collecting money for the Children’s Wish Foundation. “I got the idea to raise money for kids,” said Darcy. Woodroffe Avenue Public School donated money to Darcy and his family for his trip to Paris. “I was the wish kid.”

So far, he’s collected around $600 from a craft fair held at his school earlier this year, and on Feb. 5, he hosted a cake raffle and bake sale. “Ms. Potvin has been a really big help,” he said of one of the teachers at his school. He also has plans to hold a badminton tournament to raise more. “I feel so good now,” said Darcy. “I’ve raised a bunch of money … I hope he has as wonderful a time as I did.” Darcy has also spoken at

a number of events and functions to help spread awareness. “I just want to give back,” he said. “It’s a heartwarming story,” said Sheldon, Darcy’s older brother. “He does it all himself. We help him out but it’s all Darcy’s idea. “It’s completely in character. Darcy is a generous lad.” To make a donation in Darcy’s name, visit childrenswish.ca and select Tribute – In Honour.

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Lolo is a spayed, female white Dutch rabbit. The shelter staff think I am about 9 months old. I have been at the shelter since Nov 28, 2012 when she was surrendered by her owner. She is excellent with children and can be adopted at our PAL partner: the PetSmart located in the Centrum Plaza in Kanata. February is adopt a shelter Rabbit Month. Rabbits are intelligent, social animals. When given plenty of attention, they make affectionate and rewarding family pets. They can be trained to use a litter box and are more enjoyable, responsive pets when living indoors as house rabbits. Given appropriate care, a rabbit can live up to ten years.

For more information about these or other animals available for adoption, please call the Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258 or visit www.ottawahumane.ca.

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• Rabbits need daily exercise and play. • Rabbits need nutritious food, fresh water and a clean habitat. • Everyone in your household should understand how to hold and play with a rabbit, and be eager to welcome a rabbit into the family! • Rabbits can be destructive. They like to chew on books and wooden furniture and electrical cords, and will need to be monitored and confined.

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EMC sports - The fans knew it. The Barrie organizers hoped for it. Glenn Howard provided it. The Coldwater Curling Club’s rink is off to their eighth straight Brier having won in dramatic fashion at Sunday’s Dominion Tankard at the Barrie Molson Centre. In an all-Simcoe County battle, Howard faced off against Joe Frans and his Bradford Curling Club team in a match that saw the winning shot rely on a measure. Having taken a 6-3 lead in the seventh end, Howard’s faithful began the “Ontario” chants as they sensed another win by the local boy. Frans, having defeated Howard on Wednesday’s Draw 5 by a score of 8-3, was not going quietly. Strategically winning the small battles, Frans pushed the game into the 10th end with single points in the eighth and ninth. “You have to go into your next game with a clear mind,” said Howard. “Frans was fantastic the last time we played, but that doesn’t mean it carries over to the next. We knew we had to play near perfect to top their rink.” The Tankard trophy sat waiting on the awards table as a blue and yellow stone lie even with each other on the button. Frans would attempt to place his last rock in an unhittable spot, but Howard would use his final shot to move it out and leave the only rocks that mattered waiting for a measure. As Wayne Middaugh of Howard’s rink and Ryan

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Bryan Cochrane, right, and his rink from the City View Curling Club took on Howard Rajala, left, and his rink from the Rideau Curling club in an all-Ottawa duel in Draw 5 of the Dominion Tankard in Barrie on Feb. 6. Rajala won 9-5. Werenich of Team Frans handled the measuring, a packed BMC waited quietly and anxiously. Middaugh would extend his hand, signaling the end and a 7-5 Coldwater victory. With the arena cheering,

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Howard explains what it’s like to win in his own backyard. “We always want to win, everywhere we go, but winning in Barrie was special,” said Howard. “Our families were in attendance as were

our friends and this place was loud. Kudos to all those that put it on and the fans for coming out.” Frans will head back to the drawing board and know that his Bradford rink is able to be

the toast of Simcoe County after hanging with the best. Team Howard, which includes Victoria Harbour’s Middaugh, Shanty Bay’s Brent Laing and Kanata’s Craig Savill, will represent Ontario at

the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton during the week of March 2 to 10. Howard Rajala of the Rideau Curling Club and Bryan Cochrane from the City View CC were the Ottawa representatives and did not have the tournament they hoped for. Rajala finished the week with a 2-8 record with one of the wins being Wednesday’s Draw 5 against Cochrane in a 9-5 final. “We weren’t as sharp as we’d hoped to be, but all in all we really enjoyed the week,” said Rajala. “Anytime you can play at the provincial level, it is special and this is something you carry with you and plan for next year.” As far as the upcoming Brier, there is no doubt in Rajala’s mind who he’s cheering for. “You had to know Glenn and the boys would be in the final of the Tankard and now we have to get behind Ontario and hope they bring it home.” Cochrane finished slightly better with a 4-6 record and believes that it’s only a matter of time before Ottawa is on top of the nation’s curling mountain. “We had a wonderful time and only wish we could have had a better result,” said Cochrane. “It won’t be long though until you see a team from around here make it big. We have so many great rinks, there is no doubt in my mind that this city will produce a top team that will compete every year.” Next year’s Tankard takes place in Smiths Falls, which will be a lot closer for Ottawa curling fans to get to and cheer on their favourite teams.

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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks — free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-224-3330, E-mail: ottawawest@metroland.com The next series of prenatal classes, offered by Ottawa Public Health at the Ottawa Public Library, got underway on Feb. 2 at the Alta Vista branch. Five branches are offering these classes this winter: Alta Vista, Cumberland, Main, Nepean Centrepointe and Stittsville. A public health nurse will lead multiple three-session series to small groups that will cover Birth, Breastfeeding and Baby Basics. Online registration is required but programs are free to attend. Visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca for more information.

Feb. 15

The President of Carleton University, Roseann O’Reilly Runte, will speak to the 26th Humanitarian Gala dinner at the Sheraton Hotel on Feb. 15. These dinners are organized by the Ottawa branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society to raise funds for projects in Commonwealth countries. This year, the proceeds will be donated to a Canhave project for children in Uganda. The reception begins at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $85 for RCS members and $125 for nonmembers -- the fee includes a year’s membership in the RCS. Contact Joy Tilsley at 613-747-7318 for tickets or more information.

Feb. 16

The Ottawa Independent Writers are hosting author and social media expert Caroline Risi of Ottawa, who will explain how Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and other vehicles can help authors and others promote their projects, books and events. The cost of the session is $45 for OIW members and $55 for nonmembers. The session takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Invest Ottawa Building, 80 Aberdeen St. in Little Italy. For information or to register, contact Randy Ray at randyray@rogers.com or 613-731-3873.

Get into the season at the Vanier Winter Carnaval d’hiver à Vanier. The day will feature hockey, snow sculptures and many other free activities for the whole family. Everything takes place on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Richelieu Park, located at 300 White Fathers Ave.

Feb. 17

Join us at the Hampton-Iona Winter Carnival on Feb. 17 at Iona Park, located between Iona and Wesley avenues. Enjoy skating, snowshoeing, games, hot chocolate and lots more!

Feb. 21

IODE Walter Baker Chapter will meet February 21st at 1 p.m at the Ottawa Guide House, located at 453 Parkdale Ave. between Foster Street and Gladstone Avenue. Women of all ages are invited to attend and learn about volunteer work. For more information, please visit our website at iodewalterbaker. weebly.com or call Alia at 613-864-6779.

Feb. 24

Polished Brass, the next concert in the 2012-2013 MacKay Chamber Music Concert Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at MacKay United Church. It will feature Karen Donnelly, principal trumpet in the National Arts Centre Orchestra. She will be joined by two of her NACO colleagues, Donald Renshaw, principal trombone, and Lawrence Vine, principal horn, and by pianist Frédéric Lacroix. Their performance will include the Hindemith Trumpet Sonata and music by Chabrier, Poulenc, Stojowski, Bozza, and Chopin. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students and are available at Books on Beechwood, through MacKay United Church and at the door. For information, call 613-749-8727, or visit mackayunitedchurch.com.

Feb. 25

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre at 820 Woodroffe Ave., on Feb. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be family friendly activities throughout the afternoon and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. The next edition of REACH Canada Brown Bag Lunch Series will focus on the topic of “the toxic workplace.” Katherine Williams, author of Workplace Bullying – A Survival Guide will discuss the phenomenon of workplace bullying. The event takes place on Feb. 25 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Enbridge Building located at 400 Coventry Rd. Admission is $10 for seniors and students, $20 general admission, $50 for social or health services agencies and $75 for government, corporate, or legal guests. For more information, call 613-236-6636 or email estherakinkugbe@reach.ca

March 6

If you have recently lost a partner, you may find cooking for one as an adjustment. The easy, delicious and healthy recipes demonstrated in Mike’s Kitchen will help you get back to taking care of yourself. Just bring yourself, everything else is provided. The group will meet weekly from March 6 to April 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, 2112 Bel-Air Dr. The cost is $15 per week or $80 for all six weeks. Call 613224-0526 to register.

March 20

Heritage Ottawa presents a free public lecture on the topic of Rediscovering Lowertown. This event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Auditorium 120 Metcalfe St. Built on a swamp between the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal and north of the “sandy hill,” Lowertown and the Byward Market became a workers’ paradise as

it matured in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. It was almost obliterated by ill-conceived urban renewal and transportation schemes in the ’60s and early ’70s and continues to struggle to this day to survive despite being designated as an important heritage area. Marc Aubin, a sixth generation resident of Lowertown and president of the Lowertown Community Association, along with fellow members, will share perspectives on the community’s successes and challenges in protecting and restoring the area’s heritage. Lecture will be in English. Questions are welcome in either official language. For more information, email info@heritageottawa. org, call 613-230-8841 or visit heritageottawa.org.

March 23

The Friends of the Farm are holding a used book drop-off for our Used Book Sale to be held in June. No magazines, encyclopaedias, or text books. The drop-odd is being held at Building 72 at the Central Experimental Farm arboretum, east off the Prince of Wales Drive roundabout. For more information, call 613-230-3276, email info@ friendsofthefarm.ca or visit friendsofthefarm.ca.

April 25

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

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Would you like to improve your communication and leadership skills? Carlingwood Toastmasters is a great

place for you to learn. We’re a supportive club and have been around for more than 50 years. Guests are always welcome. We meet Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Martin’s Church, located at 2120 Prince Charles Rd. Please try to arrive 10 minutes early. For more information contact Darlene at 613-793-9491 or visit carlingwoodtoastmasters.org. The Ottawa Pub Dart League plays from October to April at various venues in the city. If you are interested in joining or venue sponsorship, please visit theopdl.ca. 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 613-5900260 or visit bytownbeat.com. Practice and improve your Spanish speaking skills at the intermediate and advanced levels. We are Los Amigos Toastmasters and we meet at the Civic Hospital, main building, main floor, Room 3 at the back left of the Cafeteria Tulip Café on Mondays from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Call Carole at 613-761-6537 or e-mail lucani@sympatico.ca for more information. You can also visit us online at amigostm.ca.

Tuesdays

Our painters circle is a friendly, encouraging group with a wide range of painting experience. Sharing ideas, showing off work, seeking suggestions, it has proven to be a really pleasant experience for painters. All media except oils are welcome. No tuition, so experience is necessary. Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 613-695-0505 or email clderwent@gmail. com for information. The Hogs Back 50+ Club meets every Tuesday from

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front room of the Boys and Girls Club, 1463 Prince of Wales Dr. at Meadowlands and Hogs Back. Bring a bag lunch or come for cards, crafts, friendly chatter and camaraderie. Drop in and check it out. For info call Shirley at 613-225-8089.

Tuesdays & Fridays

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

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The Ottawa Newcomers Club is designed to help women new to Ottawa or in a new life situation acclimatize by enjoying the company of other women with similar interests. We have morning, afternoon and evening events such as skiing, Scrabble, bridge, fun lunches, book clubs, Gallery tours, dinner club, and crafts. For more information visit our website at www.ottawanewcomersclub.ca or call 613860-0548. Want to meet new friends? Have a great workout? Come to The MET (Metropolitan Bible Church) every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. for a free women’s fitness class with a certified fitness instructor. Includes a five-minute inspirational fit tip. Any questions? Contact the church office at 613-238-8182. Westboro Nursery School – Spaces available for 30 month olds to five year olds. We are a parent cooperative preschool located in the Dovercourt Community Centre, staffed by Registered ECE’s. Our play based curriculum includes intro to French, sign language, school readiness, music, daily outdoor play and more. Visit westboronurseryschool.ca, email wns@ westboronurseryschool.ca or call 613-860-1522 for details.

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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22

Aries, be on your best behavior this week. Acquaintances both new and established will have their eyes on you, and it is essential that you make a good impression. Taurus, although you may not be able to see into the future, you can plan for what may happen in the next few days. Now is the perfect time to check in with friends.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

CLUES DOWN 1. Chew the fat 2. A prince in India 3. A Far East wet nurse 4. Axiom 5. The frame around a door 6. Fruit drink 7. Ugandan Pres. Amin 8. Real Estate Services 9. Brass that looks like gold 10. Nutmeg seed covering spice 11. River in Austria 12. Eliminates 15. Canadian province 20. Green, Earl Grey and iced 22. Four ball advancement 24. Vaselike receptacle 25. Highest card 26. Unction 27. 1st of the books of the Minor Prophets 28. Symbols of allegiance

30. Farm state 31. A citizen of Iran 32. More dried-up 33. Alt. spelling for tayra 35. Perfect examples 41. One point E of SE 42. Secretly watch 43. Three toed sloth 44. __ student, learns healing 45. Liquid body substances 47. Act of selling again 48. Stroke 52. Selector switches 53. Speed, not slow 54. City founded by Xenophanes 55. Picasso’s mistress Dora 57. Having two units or parts 58. 2nd largest Spanish river 59. Delta Kappa Epsilon nickname 62. The cry made by sheep 63. Air Cheif Marshall 64. Perceive with the eyes

Sagittarius, it may be hard to concentrate this week, especially with so many ideas floating around in your head. But do your best to stay focused. Capricron, lend a helping hand when you see an opportunity to do so. Donate your time to someone in need or help a friend or family member complete a project.

Leo, don’t get too excited when things seem out of whack this week. Keep calm and find out how you can set things on the right course. Lead by example, and others will follow.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20

Virgo, try not to participate in any new activities this week. You are already over-extended. Clear your to-do lists before you take on any other responsibilities.

Aquarius, clarify your needs and wants. Until you can delineate between these factors you may be spending unnecessarily, which is not what your budget needs. Pisces, it may take a few days for you to handle things, but don’t let that dissuade you from trying. Set your own timetable.

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39. Apulian city 70121 40. Talk show host Philbin 42. USA’s favorite uncle 45. More coherent 46. PBS drama series 49. Retirement plan 50. Be obedient to 51. French river 53. __ fatale, seductive woman 56. Made a surprise attack 60. Winglike structures 61. Belittle oneself 65. Department of Troyes France 66. Mains 67. Shoe ties 68. A carefree adventure 69. Mariner or sailor 70. Modern chair designer 71. ____ Gin Fizz cocktail

Scorpio, you may be more focused on your fantasies and dream life than what is going on in your real life for the next few days. Just don’t wander around in a fog for too long.

Gemini, get all of your work ducks in a row because you want to ensure you are up for the next promotion or pay increase. Now could be the time to make work your top priority. You may find that you have an easy time of reading people this week, Cancer. Use this trait to your advantage to find out how certain people feel about your new ideas.

CLUES ACROSS 1. Jam into 5. Egypt’s capital 10. Disfigure 13. Biblical Hamath 14. Vipera berus 15. The three wise men 16. “The foaming cleanser” 17. Earthquake 18. Breezed through 19. South Pacific island 21. Legal possessors 23. List of dishes served 25. Jai __ 26. Superhigh frequency 29. Farm fanbatic 34. Double agents 36. No (Scottish) 37. Peninsula off Manchuria 38. As fast as can be done (abbr.)

Show others how good their lives can be if they just follow a little of your own advice and take cues from what you have done already, Libra. Expect a few converts.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Montfort Hospital, 713 Montréal Road, Ottawa Wednesday, February 20, 2013 WABANO Culture Night, Rideau High School, 815 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa Thursday to Sunday, February 21-24, 2013 Ottawa Boat & Sportsman Show, Ernst & Young Centre (formerly the CE Centre), 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa Ottawa West EMC - Thursday, February 14, 2013

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