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EMC news - Hundreds of residents moving into condos in the Champagne Avenue area are set to have better access to Little Italy and transit as a pedestrian bridge plan moves forward. The city’s transportation committee signed off on a plan for the Hickory-Adeline bridge over the O-Train tracks on Dec. 5. The idea for the bridge was conceived in the Preston-Champagne secondary plan, but a concentration of development in the area “has presented an opportunity” to build the bridge. That opportunity comes in the form of money from developers building the condos, particularly the Soho Champagne condos at 125 Hickory St. and the Domicile condos at 100 Champagne Ave. See CONCERNS, page 6

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Mark Snyder, owner of Wood Fired Cuisine private catering, turns one of his culinary creations in the wood-burning oven outside the Westboro Masonic Hall on Dec. 9. The Taste of Ottawa: Westboro Holiday Food Market showed off the work of Ottawa food artisans, who sold a variety of Christmas treats and meals once visitors got inside. The inaugural event, organized by the newly-created Ottawa Specialty Food Association, illustrated the growing culinary presence of the west-end community through the diverse offerings served up by the 22 vendors.

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EMC news - Officials dubbed the city’s forthcoming light-rail system the “Confederation Line” during an announcement of which companies will build the $2.1-billion transit system. The Rideau Transit Group, led by ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., SNC-Lavaln and EllisDon, was selected to construct the line, which is expect-

ed to be completed on time by 2018 – and on budget. While the initial budget was pegged at $2.1 billion, that amount didn’t account for inflation that would occur between 2009 and the start of construction in 2013. After a couple of changes – including making sections of the downtown tunnel more shallow, bringing the proposed Campus station above ground and shifting Rideau station east of the canal – the final price tag is

now $2.13 billion. That price includes $1.8 billion for construction and the remainder for buying land needed to build the line. Rideau Transit Group agreed to a fixed-price contract of $2.1 billion. Members of council were to review the deal as a committee of the whole on Dec. 12 and council’s final vote on the contract will take place Dec. 19. If the deal is approved, Ottawa will be getting 30 Alstrom Citadis trains, 1,500 of which are already used in 40 cities

around the world. The trains can travel up to 100 kilometres per hour and will be able to make the trip from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair station – the ends of the 12.5-km line – in 24 minutes. That means trains could be running as frequently as one every minute and 45 seconds. The trains are designed with onboard bicycle storage and are “proven in heavy snow and cold,” according to Rideau Transit Group’s materials. See SHOWCASES, page 9

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Félice Miranda honoured with community builder award Steph Willems

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EMC news - When she showed up at LiveWorkPlay’s annual Family Feast on Friday evening, volunteer Félice Miranda wasn’t expecting to take the stage to accept an award. But that’s exactly what happened. Miranda’s years of volunteer service and advocacy were recognized with a United Way Community Builder

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Félice Miranda, right, receives a United Way Community Builder Award from CBC News producer and United Way Campaign co-chair Karen Soloman on Dec. 7.

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Graham Creek gets conservation boost from Accora owner

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EMC news - It’s far from the biggest waterway in the Ottawa area, but Graham Creek in Ottawa’s west end is finally getting community recognition and some muchneeded TLC. On Dec. 6, Ferguslea Properties Ltd., owner of Accora Village, donated $5,000 to assist in a restoration project being carried out by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. That project is split into two phases. The first, to support the fish habitat through installation of root wads, was completed this year. Next year the conservation authority will attempt a shoreline reforestation project with the help of community volunteers. The city has committed to improving the shoreline around the mouth of the creek. “This has been a great year for Grahams Creek,” said Andrea Klymko, the conservation authority’s shoreline stewardship program manager. “The fact that Ferguslea contacted us ... was fantastic.

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Graham Creek, seen here where it runs into the Ottawa River in Andrew Haydon Park, will see shoreline reconstruction work begin in the spring. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is attempting to improve the creek’s ecosystem. creek. Site preparation and planting will be performed by volunteers from both the RVCA and the Accora Village community. Steve Ryan, Ferguslea’s vice-president of asset management, said in a release that his community values the environment. “We have several sustainability projects on the go, demonstrating the commitment that Accora Village has made to their residents and to the larger community,” he said.

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It’s great to get them on board and naturalize every bit (of the creek) we can.” The urban creek runs along the west side of the Bayshore community, connecting with the Ottawa River in Andrew Haydon Park. Despite its small size, it’s home to a variety of cold water fish species. However, its location in a heavily populated urban area and its close vicinity to major roadways means the fish, plants and wildlife living in the watershed are extremely vulnerable. The conservation authority’s City Stream Watch program uses volunteers to monitor rivers and streams throughout the Rideau watershed and Graham Creek is no different. Volunteers have prowled the banks of the creek to assess its health in both 2005 and 2010. “The 2010 monitoring identified the specific areas that would be targeted for shoreline restoration and fish habitat work,” said Klymko. The installation of root wads will improve the fish habitat by giving marine life shady spots and refuge areas. Next year’s shoreline project will see native species trees and bushes plants to create a 15-metre buffer along the shoreline. Not only will this shade the creek and intercept garbage, it will also absorb some of the flow of nutrients into the

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McRae Avenue mid-rise proposal adds Hydro Ottawa Raises Record rental units to Westboro area Developer to submit plans for two multi-use buildings in January Steph Willems

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EMC news - Several years after the Westboro Collection development failed to get off the ground, McRae Avenue could see some new tenants in the near future. Westboro residents weighed in on a proposed apartment/ office development for the east side of McRae Ave. at a pre-consultation open house held Dec. 5. Bridgeport Realty plans to file an Official Plan amendment, a zoning by-law amendment and site plan in January for 319 McRae Ave, in order to gain approval for a mixeduse development. The proposal, presented to residents at Hilson Avenue Public School by architect Rod Lahey and representatives from FoTenn Planning and Urban Design, would see one six- and one seven-storey towers totaling 168 residential units, ground level retail

and likely the offices of a financial institution. The two buildings would be joined by a one-storey retail podium. There would be 175 parking spots located onsite, with another 28 located along the street. A previous proposal filed in 2009 called for the development of both sides of McRae Ave. under the banner Westboro Collection, but that file was placed on hold long ago and never reactivated. That block of McRae is entirely commercial and lined with parking lots, but backs on to residential streets on both sides. The development would be closer to Scott Street than Richmond Road, near the Westboro Transitway Station. In his presentation, Lahey stressed that the development was a good fit for the area. “It’s respectful of the zoning that’s already in place,” he said. “This is not four or five times the allowed height, tow-

ering over the community.” While the architect and developer are looking to file with the city in January, Lahey said there “a lot of work to do before that.” In response to a request for future updates from Lorne Cutler, president of the Hampton-Iona Community Group, Lahey said he would be happy to meet with groups of community members “throughout the process.” Cutler said the nature of the planning process can often leave residents’ questions unanswered and lead to stress and animosity over a development. “Think of how great it would be to have 30 people at planning committee stand up and say ‘we like this,’” said Cutler. Underground parking would be accessed via McRae, while the street frontage would receive landscaping upgrades. Two access points would be located at the

north and south ends of the McRae frontage. While the site will have 203 parking spots in total, the developer plans to stick to the lowest number of spaces allowed for the residential component, at 0.5 spaces per unit. The developer will be asking for eight metres of height over the existing zoning (totalling 26 metres), but as a tradeoff will increase setbacks to eight metres along the rear property line. Residents on adjacent Clifton Road expressed concern over a pedestrian walkway planned to connect the Wilbur Street dead-end to McRae. When asked whether that feature was set in stone, Lahey replied that it wasn’t and could easily be removed from the site plan if residents came to a consensus on the issue. Taking the bull by the horns, Lahey asked for a show of hands from those living on Clifton or Wilbur who wanted the walkway to remain. There were none, though an older resident later stated he would like to see it kept in place.

EMC news - A new online search engine will donate a portion of its advertising revenue to Canadian charities. Bigheartedsearch.com is a free search engine designed to donate 80 per cent of its sponsored search revenue to selected Canadian charities and nonprofit organizations. Local non-profits, large or small, can request to be added to the list of participating organizations by providing a valid charitable registration number. “Big hearted search pro-

vides fast and accurate search results, but with the little extra twist of making a donation to Canadian charities,” said the search engine team in a press release. People who use bigheartedsearch.com have the opportunity to select a specific charity to support or they can help one of the eight causes listed on the website: • Breast cancer. • Prostate cancer. • Heart disease. • Children’s health. • Environment. • Sports.

• Community and education. • Arts. “Giving back to the community isn’t always as easy as it sounds,” said the team. “The latest Canada survey of giving, volunteering and participating by Statistics Canada, proves that idea by showing that 72 per cent of Canadians say they would like to give more to charities, but simply cannot

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United Way Ottawa supports programs and initiatives that do more than just help people today— they give people the help they need to change their life — for good. Hydro Ottawa’s 2012 campaign included a 10 km relay run, an employee fun day, bake sales and a chilli cook-off. In 2011, Hydro Ottawa’s campaign committee was honoured with a United Way Community Builder Award. Thanks to the leadership of these volunteers and with the support of employees across the company, Hydro Ottawa’s workplace campaign in 2012 is the largest donor among the more than 100 companies in the Construction, Manufacturing and Services Category. The company’s matching dollars are allocated to the Brighter Tomorrows Fund, a community investment program designed to support frontline agencies that serve people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless to invest in energy-efficient technologies or products. Over the past two years more than $219,000 has been allocated by the Brighter Tomorrows Fund to help agencies implement capital projects to reduce their energy costs. Supporting United Way Ottawa is just one way Hydro Ottawa is contributing to the well-being of our community. Whether it is maintaining one of the safest, most reliable electricity distribution systems in Ontario, helping our customers manage their energy consumption or educating children about electricity safety, our over 600 employees continue to be dedicated workers and caring citizens.

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A man for all (festive) seasons With the Christmas season and Hanukkah in full swing, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson is busy joining in the celebrations. At left, out of 500 submissions, Watson, left, chose a drawing by Riverside South resident Giorgio Manasseri for his 2012 Christmas card design. Giorgio submitted his drawing last year while in Grade 1 at Bernard GrandmaÎtre catholic elementary school. Gloucester South Nepean South Coun. Steve Desroches, right, was also on hand for the presentation. At right, Watson lights the Lego menorah at Bayshore Shopping Centre on Dec. 9. The lighting of the menorah signified the first day of Hanukkah. He’s joined by Rabbi Blum, right, who led the crowd in song. The festive event saw the Ottawa Torah Centre team up with the Funatorium Explorium to build the Lego menorah, and included music, treats and face painting.

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Through a community-benefit provision in the Planning Act called Section 37, those developers will contribute $102,006. The bridge construction is expected to cost $700,000 in total and the city thinks it can collect all of that money from developers who will be building in the area. The total cost, including design work, soil remediation, railway flagging and construction, is $1.5 million.

The bridge will connect the burgeoning new neighbourhood to multi-use pathways along the O-Train corridor and to Little Italy’s commercial strip along Preston Street. Currently, residents on the west side of the O-Train tracks can access Preston Street by crossing at Beech Street to the north of Hickory Street or by using Carling Avenue to the south. Other options examined included: enhancing pedestrian and cycling facilities at

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the existing Beech and Carling crossings, adding a new pedestrian crossing at Pamilla or Norman Street instead of Hickory Street, or extending Ev Tremblay Park over the OTrain tracks to put that section of the rail line underground. A city report determined the Hickory-Adeline bridge would provide the best connection to the rapid-transit network and the best connections to cycling facilities on Bayswater Avenue and Rochester Street. The nearby Dalhousie Community Association is strongly in favour of the bridge and supports the recommended location at Hickory and Adeline. The bridge is planned to be a standard, possibly pre-fabricated design with minimal esthetic enhancements. The usable section of the bridge will be about five metres wide and 30 m long. According to the report, residents had raised concerns about narrowness of the bridge. It was originally proposed to meet the city’s minimum requirement of four metres wide, which would have made the passable area three metres wide. Even the five-metre width is a problem for the association, which wrote in a letter to the city on Oct. 5 that the bridge should be at least twice as wide and separate cyclists from pedestrians. The group wanted to see a seven-metrewide structure. Detailed design of the bridge will get underway immediately with a view towards co-ordinating the bridge construction with a temporary shutdown of the O-Train from March to September of 2013. That stoppage will allow the O-Train tracks to be doubled in order to increase capacity on the rail line.


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Group shares love for teeny tiny treasures Miniature Enthusiasts of Ottawa have been meeting since 1978 michelle.nash@metroland.com

EMC news - Sometimes it can be the littlest thing that brings strangers together. The Miniature Enthusiasts of Ottawa’s first meeting was held in founder Harriet Farmer’s living room in 1978. Farmer said she started the club because similar clubs existed in Toronto and Montreal, but not in eastern Ontario. “I loved playing within miniatures and thought it would be fun to have our own club in Ottawa,� Farmer said. The Miniature Enthusiasts of Ottawa held its annual Christmas party on Dec. 5, with the likes of Santa Claus himself turning out for the festivities. The group welcomes dollhouse enthusiasts, craftspeople and collectors to the McNabb Community Centre once a month to discuss the latest trends and techniques, allowing members the chance to show off their latest crafts or finds and most importantly, have the opportunity to talk to like-minded people about their love for everything miniature. Farmer, an Elmvale Acres resident, advertised the first club meeting in the local newspaper and at the time thought maybe three people would show up to her home. The next day she had more than 25 messages inquiring about the meeting. Over the years, the club quickly outgrew Farmer’s home. At one time, more than 80 members were attending the meetings. These days the club has about 50 members and they have been gathering at the McNabb Community Centre in Centretown for more than 25 years. Members come from across Ottawa and from as far away as Kingston to attend the meetings. Farmer has held the position of president on and off

over the past 33 years, finishing up her latest three-year stint in June after long-time member Gayle Baillargeon was named as the club’s new head. When Baillargeon first joined, she said playing with and decorating dollhouses was only a hobby. Now she runs an online miniatures business, Petworth Miniatures, from her home in Winchester that selling dollhouse furniture kits. “There is something fascinating about things that are small,� Baillargeon said, “and the smaller things are the more fascinating.� When it comes to why she loves dollhouses and creating furniture for them it is all about the details. “It is literally the little things. The rooms tend to be over-cluttered and the detail makes the room more alive.� Farmer said when people walk into her home they tend to ask how old her granddaughter is, as nearly all available space in her home is filled with something to do with the craft. Other members own more than one dollhouse, with some having 50 or more different types in their homes. Farmer said for her, it’s all about having the opportunity to decorate a home any way she wants. “I love art deco, but I would never have any art deco in my own home,� Farmer said. “In a dollhouse, you can have that.� The group hosts one meeting and two workshops each month. The agenda is simple, involving a show and tell segment and sometimes a craft to build as a group. There are always refreshments and in general, it feels more like a party than a serious association. Baillargeon and Farmer said it is all about sharing and having fun. The December meeting is always a craft meeting, the president said. This time the

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Centretown resident Steve Reid shows off his latest craft at the Miniature Enthusiasts of Ottawa meeting on Dec. 5. Reid turned an old metronome into a small Christmas music box. group made a miniature box of cupcakes, in complete detail down to the sparkles on top. Farmer said over the years she has watched a lot of the members grow from hobbyist to what Farmer described as world-class artisans. The show and tell allows members to bring items they have made, placing them on the stage to show other members their craft. Centretown resident Steve Reid’s item was an old metronome he turned into a holiday music box. Reid painted a tiny Christmas tree and surrounded the tree with small presents including a toy dollhouse and toys he built by hand. Reid said he enjoys learning from the workshops. The Ottawa group will host the annual provincial miniatures enthusiasts convention in Gananoque, Ont., in April 2013. Baillargeon said those conventions are all about hav-

ing fun and learning more about the craft, members love. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month in Centretown at the McNabb

Community Centre, 180 Percy St. at 7:45 p.m. in the assembly hall. New members and guests are always welcome. The cost to join is $20 for an annual

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

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

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

its position. If the federation wishes to reject that position, that’s its prerogative. It is not the place of the trustees to reject the province’s position or chastise it for rejecting its “locally negotiated” solution. The ability to achieve that end went out the window the moment the province passed Bill 115, which laid out a number of terms the province required in order to accept any collective agreement reached across Ontario. The issue has become

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

assume they can get the provincial government to change its tune on collective agreements at this point in time – the Liberals simply aren’t in any position to budge. One thing is certain, however: most Ontarians want the education labour disputes settled and the sooner the better. By placing itself between the ministry of education and the teachers, Ottawa public board trustees have only served to delay the achievement of that goal.

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

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

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The project is Ottawa’s largest-ever infrastructure project, Watson said, but the impact on traffic likely won’t be as bad as people might anticipate. That’s because a lot of the downtown construction will happen underground. Constructing the first phase of light rail is expected to generate jobs totalling more than 3,200 person-years of employment for trades in the Ottawa area. Another 700 person-years of employment for highly skilled technical staff and 375 person years of employment for engineers will also be created. This job creation is projected trickle down to generate 20,000 person-years of work, both directly related to the construction and employment needed to support that work.

• Votes: committee-of-thewhole Dec. 12; council Dec. 19 • Feburary 2013: contract awarded and initial construction begins • July 2013: work on 2.5-km downtown tunnel begins • November 2014: work begins on Hurdman station • Summer 2015 to fall 2017: construction on remaining stations • December 2015: testing on the line begins • October 2017: construction complete • May 2018: trains begin running Where’s the $2.1B coming from?

• $600 million from the federal government • $600 million from the provincial government

• $192 million from federal gas-tax transfers • $287 million from city’s provincial gas-tax receipts • The remaining $451 million comes from development charges and transit reserve Public showcases

• Weekdays from Dec. 5 to 19, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at city hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W. • Dec. 13, 3 to 9 p.m. at Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre (beside guest services), 110 Place d’ Orléans Dr. • Dec. 14, 3 to 9 p.m. at Bayshore Shopping Centre (beside the Bay), 100 Bayshore Dr., Fairfield Heights • Dec. 17, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Shenkman Arts Centre upper lobby, 245 Centrum Blvd., Orléans • Dec. 18, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr., meeting rooms A and B

have a hard and fast rule about Christmas shopping: as soon as Dec. 1 hits, I steer clear of the mall. You may misinterpret that to mean I am incredibly organized and get all my Christmas shopping done before December. Not at all. Most of the time, I’m caught off-guard by the holidays, ordering last-minute, printable gift cards online and purchasing stocking stuffers at the corner store. The reality is that even on a Monday in February I find the mall over-stimulating. The lights, the noise, the synthetics. Ten minutes of walking through the concourse and I come over in a sweat, my throat dries out and I start to get a little panicky. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t have a phobia of movie theatres or crowds. I love perusing the Byward Market building on a Saturday. I don’t even mind department stores all that much. But there’s something about the mall that irks me. I tend to avoid the mall when I can. But then there are times when etiquette trumps convenience – in other words, when I have to buy someone a gift. Sure there are plenty of online retailers and lovely perusable neighbourhoods in Ottawa, but as someone who always buys on deadline – needing a hostess gift for a dinner party that very evening – I’m often not well-positioned to trek across town or wait three or four days for delivery.

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BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse It’s for this reason that I was happy to learn about a new Ottawa-based business called Givopoly.com. The online gift concierge was designed for people like me – busy, disorganized, sentimental and a teeny bit neurotic. A busy working motherof-three, Susan Richards and her business partner Craig Hung launched Givopoly. com in March. It’s an idea that’s been brewing in her head for some time. Like most of us, she attempts to juggle work, life and kids’ activities. “Five or six days a week, it seems perfectly manageable,” says Richards. “I tend to think as long as I’m balanced I can handle a lot. But every once in a while, the cup spilleth over and at those times an invitation to a dinner party can put me over the edge.” A stickler for etiquette, Richards likes gift-giving and she’s action-oriented, but she admits that life often gets in the way of a leisurely afternoon perusing boutiques in Westboro or the Glebe. “I have thoughtful intentions, but I tend not to be able to execute them,” says Richards. With Givopoly.com, Richards has created a portal of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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other said if we didn’t quiet down, we could all stay in the house and do chores. We had known since Friday night that on Saturday we would be going into the bush to get our Christmas tree. It was one of the most exciting times during the Christmas holidays. That meant my sister Audrey and I would do a quick stab at tidying the house and the three brothers could leave cleaning out the cow byre until Sunday. Emerson was in an especially happy mood. He hated shovelling out manure and putting it off for one day was a bonus in his eyes. We were sitting around the breakfast table and Father, who had no patience with frivolity at breakfast time, threatened to cancel the whole deal if Emerson and Everett didn’t stop their silliness. The brothers were kicking each other under the table, stabbing each other with their elbows and laughing as if they had seen something hilarious. To put an end to the nonsense, Father ordered Everett to the barn to hitch up the team and bring the flat-bottomed sleigh around to the house before he was even finished with his porridge. That ended the carry on at the table. It gave the rest of us time to get into our winter clothes. To

MARY COOK Mary Cook’s Memories go back in the bush on a bitterly cold winter’s day meant we had to dress as if we were off to the North Pole. The horses were up to their bellies in snow as we went over the West Hill, across fields and deep into the bush where the best spruce trees were. Emerson had staked out the tree he thought would be just perfect. I worried the horses wouldn’t make it, as they sunk up to their bellies in the snow. “Just past that big cluster over there,” Emerson said, pointing in the general direction of a clump of spruce trees, towering towards the sky. He was right. There it was. I thought it was just perfect: tall, with full branches sweeping the snow at the bottom, looking like it would reach to the ceiling in our kitchen where it would spend its days until the new year. But that’s when the trouble began. Everett said since he was the oldest, he would be wielding the axe. Emerson said he saw the tree first and chopping it down was his

job. Everett was holding on to the head of the axe while Emerson had a firm grip on the handle. It was like a tugof-war back there in the bush. Father, meanwhile, leaned against the one post at the front of the sleigh and lit his pipe. Audrey and I sat on the edge with our legs hanging down and our feet in the snow. Everett finally wrestled the axe away from Emerson and he flung it towards the tree. Emerson then took a swing at Everett and the two of them went down rolling off the sleigh. Now Father was a patient man, but I could see he wasn’t going to put up with this nonsense much longer. “I’ll tell you what will settle this,” he said, taking a drag on his pipe. “The two of you can head back to the barns and since you have so much energy, you can clean out the cow byre. You should be finished by the time we get back.” Once Father made up his mind there wasn’t much that could change it. “Now, git,” he said. “The

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

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EMC news – The Southway Hotel in Ottawa’s south end kicked off its holiday season by flipping the switch on its annual Christmas light display on Dec. 5. Every year, the hotel hangs thousands of bulbs to celebrate the festive season, part of a tradition that stretches back more than 50 years. This year’s display includes more than 150,000 coloured lights, said hotel general manager Stephen Zlepnig. “In 1958 my grandparents began lighting up the grounds of the Southway Hotel for Christmas and it’s become both a family tradition and an Ottawa South tradition ever since,” said Zlepnig. More than half a century later, Zlepnig said his family take great pride in continuing the tradition. Southway Hotel during that time has transformed from a small Ottawa South motel to an inn and finally into a 170 room, full-service hotel and convention centre. “Every year I have admired the Southway Hotel’s magnificent lights display and I receive so many calls from residents who compli-

ment this stunning display of lights,” said Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, who helped flip the switch to raise the festive spirits of those residing and working in Ottawa’s south end. “It is part of our Christmas tradition here in the southend and Christmas wouldn’t be the same without this magnificent display,” said Deans. The event also served as an opportunity to raise funds and collect non-perishable food items for the Ottawa Food Bank. The food bank was on hand to accept donations that will help feed many Ottawa area families and individuals in need of nutritious food this holiday. “I would encourage everyone to donate to the food bank so that we can make this year a special holiday for everyone in our city,” Deans told the hundreds of people who gathered for the event. Ottawa Food Bank executive director Peter Tilley said many programs like the Ottawa Food Bank are feeding thousands of families and individuals, taking some of their worries off the table by providing them with a meal during this critical time of the year.

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Laneway issue dividing neighbourhoods City slow to work on policy to protect backyard lanes Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - On one side of Bertrand Street in New Edinburgh, a neatly graveled laneway dotted with cars serves as a mostly hidden parking area bisecting Ivy Crescent and Vaughn Street. On the other side of Bertrand, a tangle of half-century old trees grows into a mishmash of fences that occasionally give way to the odd shed plopped into the middle of the block. It is right in the middle of that knot of fences and forest that Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke wants to park his car. It’s technically a road, so he has a right to do it. Moreover, the city says it is better planning to use the backyard laneway for cars rather than build a garage out front. The different evolution of the two sections of laneway between Ivy and Vaughn illustrates the challenge the city faces as it tries to en-

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Workers building a new home on Ivy Crescent in New Edinburgh can be seen through a tangle of trees that has overgrown the laneway. Neighbours are readying for battle after the new home’s owner asked the city to reopen the laneway as a driveway for his property. courage builders to use back lanes for vehicle access and parking. Some laneways have a

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sions over time. But if it’s a roadway on the city’s books, a resident has the right to use it to access their property. That’s the case with Lütke’s new Ivy Crescent home, which is currently under construction. Lütke’s architect, Ottawa infill designer Andrew Reeves, spoke on his behalf. Reeves said he was excited by the possibilities that came from changes the city’s new infill design guidelines. “It’s a lot more flexible if you don’t want garages,” said Reeves, whose firm is called LineBox Studio. “I wish every property we had could have a laneway.” Lütke is so committed to this urban-planning ideal that he’s spending around $20,000 to survey the laneway and pay for lawyers and staff to work on getting the lane re-opened, Reeves said. So far, neighbouring property owners aren’t as enthusiastic. Kathryn Verey, who lives on the Vaughn side, said neighbours on her street aren’t too happy about the idea. Verey said the residents “don’t want to cause a big fuss” yet, because there are so many unanswered questions, but she was surprised at how little direction city policies contain about reinstating laneways that have been left unmaintained. So far, Lütke is only asking for the laneway to be reopened until it reaches his house, which would affect three neighbouring properties east of Bertrand. But Verey sees it as “the thin edge of the wedge” and said it’s only a matter of time until there is a request to extend the laneway through the entire block. If that happens, “it will get pretty heated,” she

said. While most of the residents in that block probably know there is technically a laneway in their backyards, Verey said there should really be some sort of statute of limitations on whether the city can push forward with re-opening it if it has been left unmaintained for a long time – in this case, around 50 years. “It’s a bit of a double standard from our point of view,” she said. In an effort to discourage developers from building long lines of infill homes with garages on the first floor, the city’s new guidelines for infill design encourage builders to use those laneways for

almost always breed controversy, Hume said. Residents get touchy about the city reclaiming the land for vehicle access, even though they have illegally expropriated it for their own use, Hume said. It is also complicated because laneways are in such various states of repair, he said. “Some are passable, some aren’t. Some function really well and some don’t. “Protecting them is the goal, but the question is how to protect them,” Hume said. The city’s push to encourage use of laneways won’t be easy, Reeves said, but it’s needed.

I hope people start understanding when they look at these things that there aren’t just negatives of reinstating laneways but the positive of what it does for your community ANDREW REEVES ARCHITECT

vehicle access and parking, rather than the front yard. Another new policy is expected in 2013 that will look at laneways in more detail. The city and planning committee chairman Coun. Peter Hume confirmed a laneway policy is in the works, but city planners refused to talk about the new policy before it is completed and presented to the planning committee. Work on the policy has been underway for three years, but it’s taking a long time because the issue is so complicated, Hume said. Occasionally, a proposal to re-open a laneway will accompany a site plan for a new house and those situations

“It’s a bit of a daunting task, but I commend the city, because I think they are on the right track,” Reeves said. The first step is informing residents that their property abuts a laneway and preemptively re-opening laneways that have been encroached on, before a new home is even proposed, Reeves said. “I hope people start understanding when they look at these things that there aren’t just negatives of reinstating laneways but the positive of what it does for your community and what ability it offers architects and developers to do more sensitive buildings and more context-sensitive buildings,” he said.


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Sandy Hill takes novel approach with infill project Residents turning old carriage house into nursery school, medical offices Michelle Nash michelle.nash@metroland.com

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

clippings that featured their mother’s decorating style. At the event, Ellis’s daughter said she couldn’t think of anything better than to have her mother’s home filled with laughing children. Moussa plans to honour the former owners by finding a spot for the clippings and history of the home in the new daycare. As homeowners, the shareholders have some hurdles ahead. The co-operative nursery school, which offers morning, afternoon and afterschool programming, will have to apply for a full daycare licence. The home they purchased needs around $400,000 in upgrades and renovations and will have to be rezoned for commercial use. But so far Moussa said they have been flying over the hurdles. The main floor of the home will become the daycare, with the nursery school as tenant. The second floor will be renovated, adding a separate entrance for a group practice for child and family practitioners. Both tenants plan to sign five-year leases. A resident of Sandy Hill for the past eight years, Moussa said this project has brought her much closer to her community. “Over the next months I will continue to meet with the neighbours to discuss the project,” she said. The goal is to have renovations complete and the daycare open by September. For more information about the daycare project contact Moussa at leannemoussa@ gmail.com. Moussa isn’t the only Sandy Hill resident investing in the community, however. When a home went up for sale on Action Sandy Hill president Christopher Collmorgen’s street, he and a few other residents purchased it. They plan to renovate the home for student housing. The company is called

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Leanne Moussa led the charge of 15 Sandy Hill residents who recently purchased the Carriage House at 43 Blackburn Ave. The plan is to turn the former home into a daycare and family wellness centre for the community. Community Investing in Community and intends to focus on the goals and concerns of residents. “I see the value in a dollar and that if you squeeze in another bedroom or unit the amount of profit you can make, but it is about doing it right,” Collmorgen said. “The company is still going to make a profit on the property. It might just not be double or triple, but the profit is still there.” The ultimate goal, he adds, would be for developers to approach the community first. Some do, Collmorgen said, but for the most part they must be chased down afterwards. “The only ones that can fix their (developers’) reputation is themselves,” he said. “You have no idea how far it goes with a community to approach us first.” Collmorgen said the type of development projects residents are becoming involved in shows just how much people can care about the future of its neighbourhood.

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Christmas Exchange appeals for help as need increases Steph Willems

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

everybody, but that need has increased.” Poverty is always a roadblock to the simple joys and conveniences of normal life and can affect anyone. The causes are many – job loss, accident or illness, addiction, even a death or illness in the family – but the resulting challenges are the same. When it formed in 1915, the Christmas Exchange aimed to help the families of thousands of men fighting overseas. While the causes are different now, the need itself is greater than ever. The Christmas Exchange relies on donations to prepare its food hampers, which contain all the elements of a Christmas dinner. The hampers are packed by a group of volunteers and delivered to home addresses by more volunteer drivers. “You can donate right up to Christmas and beyond,” said Smith. Donations can be made online at CaringandSharing.ca, or by calling 613-226-6434. The cost of a full hamper is $100, but Smith said every dollar helps.

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

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

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

impacts: • Leitrim Road realignment south of the airport. • Leitrim park-and-ride lot. • A maintenance and storage yard planned to serve the previous north-south light rail plan that the previous city council scrapped. There were also eight projects identified that would need smaller changes to mitigate their effects: • Extension of Hunt Club Road from Hawthorne Road to Highway 417. • Hunt Club Road connection from Innes Road/Walkley Road to east of Highway 417. • Widening of highway 174. • A new bridge across the Rideau River at Fallowfield and Leitrim roads. • Chapel Hill park-and-ride lot. • Leitrim Road realignment. • Lester Road widening from the Airport Parkway to Bank Street. * Proposed Cumberland Transitway. The areas most likely to experience the negative effects of road construction to the greatest extent are the Pine Grove forest and Stony Swamp. In most cases, there is ample time to rethink and change the proposed projects, said deputy city manager Nancy Schepers. For instance, now that the city’s light-rail plan has changed from a north-south line to an east-west line, it would probably make more sense to put a light-rail maintenance facility in the west end, she said. Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches pointed out that the study only highlights problems, and solutions still need to be found. He supports protecting the integrity of the Greenbelt, especially if it helps encourage employment centres in suburban areas so people can work where they live.

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EMC news - A vision for Ottawa’s light-rail line is becoming clearer after the city revealed its preferred builder on Dec. 5. While city council still has to vote to accept the deal on Dec. 19, station concepts have been fleshed out and are now available for people to view online at ottawalightrail. ca and at showcases around the city. Rideau Transit Group’s proposal shows a cohesive series of neutral-looking wood and concrete stations with modern, modular entrances. Much of the wood will come from ash trees felled by the emerald ash borer. Simple yet attractive design, intuitive passenger flow and integration with cycling and pedestrian facilities are key principles in the station design, according to Rideau Transit Group. There will also be 300 bicycle parking spaces provided along Confederation Line, 80 per cent of which will be weather-protected. Stairway bicycle “runnels,” or tire ramps will allow cyclists to wheel their bikes up and down stairs and into the trains. Escalators are listed for most of the stations, except Lees Station, which is one level, and Campus, Hurdman, Train and Cyrville stations, which will only have stairs and elevators. Public art displays will be incorporated into the stations. While construction will

get underway in 2013, most significantly with the expansion of Highway 417 between Nicholas and the split, most of the light-rail construction impact won’t be felt until 2015. That’s when the Transitway between Lebreton and Tunney’s Pasture will close so tracks can be laid down. Transitway buses would move onto Scott and Albert streets in dedicated bus lanes from Holland Avenue east. Construction of the east entrance of the 2.5-kilometre downtown tunnel will close the Transitway south of Laurier Avenue to where the Transitway parallels Nicholas Street. Transitway buses will be detoured to the east side of this section of Nicholas Street and along Laurier Avenue to Laurier Station. To the east, detoured Transitway buses will use a dedicated transit lane on the newly widened Highway 417, with some detours around St. Laurent Station.­ TUNNEY’S PASTURE

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

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A graphic shows what the Rideau Transit Group envisions for the western- light-rail station at Tunney’s Pasture. The city revealed the winning bid to construct the $2.13-billion transit system, which will run from the federal government campus in the west to Blair Road in the east, on Dec. 5 at city hall. BAYVIEW

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

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

A new LeBreton Station will play a major role in the revitalization of the area, according to Rideau Transit Group’s materials. The twostorey station at LeBreton will involve reconstructing Booth Street and the Booth Street Bridge. The station will be shifted under and to the west of the Booth Street Bridge to

enhance its relationship with Booth Street with entrances on Booth and from the lowerlevel aqueduct, a city report states.This station will celebrate Algonquin culture. DOWNTOWN WEST

The western downtown station is the first underground station in the downtown tunnel under Queen Street. With concourses located 12.5 metres and 18 m underground, it will have two entrances: on the south side of Queen there will be a stand-alone entrance structure in front of the Delta

Hotel; on the north side of Queen, the east entrance will be integrated into the Crehoy Building – part of the Place de Ville government complex. Directly across Queen Street from the Place de Ville entrance, there will also be a smaller, elevator-only entrance. Wider sidewalks will accommodate large pedestrian volumes and the station will also connect to an existing north-south underground pathway connecting Albert and Sparks streets. See CONNECTIONS, page 27

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

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

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

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

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

Hurdman will continue to act as a transit hub and will

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

The new light-rail station for the Train terminal will be shifted away from the bus station. The new location, west of the bus Transitway and southwest of the road loop in front of the Via Rail station, is intended to allow future expansion of the Via station. The LRT station and the Via terminal will be linked by a covered walkway. The station will serve Overbrook and neighbourhoods north of Highway 417 when a pedestrian link to the baseball stadium on Coventry Road is built. ST. LAURENT

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

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

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Watson, Kirkpatrick represent good value for taxpayers, El-Chantiry says

Kent Kirkpatrick pulled in $385,785 here in Ottawa (including a $104,000 payout for unused vacation time). That was in excess of his Toronto counterpart, Joseph P. Pennachetti, who earned $330,386. West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry served with Watson on the small committee two years ago that determined Kirkpatrick’s salary. He wouldn’t go into details, citing privacy concerns, but said the committee researched city manager salaries in comparable cities. At that time, Kirkpatrick’s salary was in the middle of the pack. The councillor insists taxpayers are getting good value for money. “We are compatible with similar sized cities,” he said. “We definitely were not the highest (when the committee negotiated Kirkpatrick’s salary). He’s been with the city for a long time. He’s very well respected in the business (sector) and the community.”

salary. He said politicians rely on powerful bureaucrats to approve projects in their ward: everything from filling in potholes and repairing public park equipment to Thomas studied the numbuilding football stadiums. Derek Dunn derek.dunn@metroland.com bers revealed in the Sunshine Without the co-operation of List, known on the province’s top bureaucrats re-election would be a challenge, he EMC news - The obesity website as the public sector said. epidemic is no longer the salary disclosure. It shows The construction schedule will see the project substantially “This is a common thing latest reason for calling the who was paid $100,000 or complete by the end of 2017 and in service by 2018. Moreover, in city halls. The sky seems national capital Fat City. In more annually. the Rideau Transit Group has agreed to a fixed price contract of to be the limit,” Thomas said. 2011, taxpayers here paid $2.1 billion, which will be partially funded by the Government of “You are supplicant to these more for upper level municiCanada and the Government of Ontario. very powerful people. You pal leaders than did others in We are compatible want to make these people much larger cities. with similar sized happy. You don’t want to upAn Ottawa resident paid I encourage you to explore Rideau Transit Group’s designs for the set these people.” 44 cents for their city mancities. We definitely Confederation Line and the project’s construction schedule on He added that a similar unager; a Toronto resident paid the LRT website at ottawalightrail.ca or at Ottawa City Hall until were not the acknowledged agreement exjust six cents. December 19, 2012. The staff recommendations were reviewed ists between politicians and Not only was Ottawa’s top highest. by the Committee of the Whole on December 12, 2012 and will close staffers. Politicians rely bureaucrat paid more than Eli El-Chantiry rise to City Council for approval on December 19, 2012. on staffers to volunteer durToronto’s but the two mayors West Carleton-March councillor ing campaign season, so have made about the same. an interest in seeing that they Jim Watson was paid Taking Measures to Protect Our Assets Thomas noticed 781 Ottaare well compensated. $168,102.48. Toronto On Friday, December 7, 2012, I called a technical briefing to provide Thomas said those with Mayor Rob Ford was paid wa city staffers made the list members of City Council with the results of the Council-directed last year, up 90 from 2010. the least leverage at city hall $167,769.94. independent review undertaken by B.M. Ross and Associates are those who foot the bill: However, it’s not just the It works out to a 13 per cent regarding the September 4, 2012 Highway 174 storm drainage the taxpayers. most visible leaders at Otta- increase. Toronto’s increase pipe collapse. This review acts as part of the City’s commitment El-Chantiry rejects Thomwa city hall that are raking in was just 2.4 per cent. to residents of Ottawa to ensure that the City does everything in “The population and budas’s characterization of life at more dollars. The underlying its power to prevent such incidents from occurring. city hall. He is pleased to say trend of escalating salaries get in Toronto are much Watson and council have a among many of the city’s top larger,” Thomas said. “But NEEDED FOR RE-ELECTION (in Ottawa) there are pro“good working relationship” people is worrisome to a citiThe Root Cause Analysis report of the collapse found that Ottawa’s portionately many more big zen advocacy group. Thomas isn’t surprised with city managers and, as storm drainage asset management practices are consistent Canadian Taxpayer Fed- earners.” politicians would pay manag- a result, things are getting with those of comparable municipalities, and identified five In 2011, city manager ers far in excess of their own done. He points to the recent eration director Gregory recommendations to improve the City’s practices and to reduce budget consultations that the risk of a reoccurrence of this type of incident. I am pleased ended in a 2.09 per cent tax that City staff concur with all of the recommendations presented hike. There was almost no in the B.M. Ross and Associates report and have already taken opposition from the public. action to implement these recommendations. The City’s recently“I’m sorry if we are not adopted Comprehensive Asset Management Program is a new, name-calling in the media more robust asset management plan that includes a risk-based but we are not at the mercy approach to inspections of important infrastructure. of staff,” El-Chantiry said. “They get called to the carpet at times too.” I have asked staff to provide a detailed response to this report Asked if Toronto bureauat an Environment Committee meeting in early 2013, where my crats and politicians will seek Thursdays Council colleagues and I will engage in a complete discussion pay hikes after learning of the about its findings and recommendations. December 13, 20 Ottawa situation, the fiscal conservative Thomas said: 4pm to 8pm “I’m terrified that will be the O Canada! Ottawa.ca Refresh outcome.” On November 30, 2012, the City launched its new website at O Canada! Our home and native land In the final analysis, ottawa.ca. 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Our home and native land We stand on guard for thee. meaning “village” or “settlement”. dollar, he said. What he does True patriot love in all thy sons command. • James Naismith invented basketball in 1891. The new website demonstrates the City’s ongoing commitment @CouncillorMcRae God keep our land glorious and free Please join me in celebrating our magnificent country by lament, though, is that govWith glowing hearts we see thee rise • Canada’s official colours – red and white – were to accountability and transparency by making it easy to find ernments compete with one O Canada! We stand on guard for thee proclaimed by King George V in 1921. The true north, strong and free proudly displaying our flag in your information and programs related to the Corporate Accountability another at all levels for all top From far and wide, O Canada • Canada’s “Maple Leaf” flag was first flown on Framework. Users with mobile devices will experience better O Canada! 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I was honoured to join Mayor Jim Watson, Premier Dalton McGuinty, my City Council colleagues and Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, Royal Galipeau, on December 5, 2012 to announce an exciting milestone regarding the City’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The international consortium known as the Rideau Transit Group was announced as the recipient of the contract to design, build, finance and maintain the City’s LRT system.

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Vigil at resource centre honours abused women Carleton students among participants in memorial Blair Edwards blair.edwards@metroland.com

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Minoo Taherzadh lights 14 candles in memory of the women killed in 1989 by a gunman at École Polytechnique and all the nameless women who have suffered violence at the hands of others. Once an abused woman seeks help at the resource centre, they are paired up with a peer support worker. A recent study by the Canadian Women’s Foundation shows that 67 per cent of Canadians have known a woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse. The survey, released on Dec. 10, also shows that Canadian women are more likely to have known another woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse. There needs to be more public education about the issue, said Jordan, adding that the resource centre runs a program in Ottawa public schools that educates students about healthy dating relationships and how to treat one another. The resource centre is also advocating for improved access to affordable housing and raising the minimum wage to provide more high-income jobs for women who are living in abusive relationships. Jordan said the resource centre has seen an increase in the number of reported incidents of abuse over the past few years. “I believe it’s increasing because I think there’s more awareness about the issue,”

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ny at the resource centre. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, lived through an emotionally-abusive relationship and sought help from the resource centre after she was pushed down a flight of stairs, said Bowyer. “She was connected up with a peer supporter,” she said after the ceremony. “Today she’s on her own and doing well.” Abuse can be either physical or emotional, and results in a loss of self esteem, she said. But sometimes there are no visible bruises. “It becomes an unknown crime,” said Bowyer. “So women tend to stay a little longer than they probably should. “Abuse starts off in a honeymoon cycle, when you first get together and everything’s going crazy and beautiful,” she said. “Then the abuse happens, whether it’s calling names or (hitting). After that it turns around and goes into another honeymoon cycle.” The cycle continues and the “honeymoons” become shorter and shorter. “During that time you think, ‘It has to be me, because nobody else can see it.’”

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

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Jury calls for ban on pools at home daycares Inquest into Orléans toddler’s death drafts 16 recommendations Brier Dodge brier.dodge@metroland. com EMC news - Jérémie Audette’s death could have been prevented. Following a coroner’s inquest, a five-person jury made 16 recommendations to prevent future accidents. Jérémie drowned in 2010 in a pool at an unlicensed daycare facility in Orléans. On Dec. 4, Vivian Lee Stewart, Crown counsel, gave the jury a long list of recommendations to consider, put together with input from the Audette family. The Crown suggested a review of the Day Nurseries Act, which governs many aspects of daycares and homebased childcare to include rules surrounding registration and water play. It also gave suggestions for municipalities regarding pool enclosures, and for realtors to provide information on pool safety. The jury was then given

time to deliberate, after hearing from a number of witnesses from the day of Jérémie’s death and experts from a variety of fields. “It wasn’t easy to relive Jérémie’s tragedy,” said his father, Alain Audette, in a Dec. 4 address to the jury. ���Jérémie’s life was taken too soon, which is why the Audette family will stay involved (in promoting safety). We hope that Jérémie’s inquest will serve as a valuable life lesson to the public on daycare and water safety.” He said the family hoped “achievable and realistic recommendations would be implemented.” Following the address to the jury, Audette said he felt satisfied that he and wife Melanie had been given ample input into the proposed recommendations. He said there should be an emphasis on non-pool water play for children in daycares, such as sprinklers and splash pads.

Photos of Jérémie Audette are displayed at a July 13, 2012 renaming of a splashpad in his memory. At the end of the day, the reason for Jérémie’s death fell to supervisory ratios, Audette said. The recommendations officially made by the jury included banning swimming pools, including wading pools, at any private home daycare, matching the ratio of adults to children at both licensed and unlicensed daycares, and requiring all unlicensed daycares to register with the provincial Ministry

of Education. Currently, licensed daycare providers must include their own children in total children being cared for, with a cap of five. In unlicensed daycares, the provider’s own children aren’t counted in the five allowed. Jérémie was in the care of an unlicensed daycare provider who was visiting the home of another unlicensed provider when the accident happened. Audette said that daycares

should all need to register and be regulated businesses. The jury also recommended that all pools in the province be completely enclosed, with walls with windows and entrances excluded from counting as enclosed. Jurors heard from the city’s lawyer that city council paused discussions on proposed amendments to pool enclosure bylaws until the jury issued their recommendations on the topic.

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In an inquest, the jury is not asked to find fault or hint at any criminal charges, but to make recommendations to prevent similar deaths from happening. “We speak for the dead to protect the living,” coroner Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion said to the jury. “We ask you now to speak for Jérémie Audette.” With files from Alex Boutilier, Metro Ottawa

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EMC news - Kevin Flynn asked students at Algonquin to think about joining another college during his tour of the centre for construction. The parliamentary assistant to the minister of Training, Colleges and Universities toured the centre and talked to students about the Ontario College of Trades. Legislation was passed in 2009 and aims to let industry professionals govern themselves for things like appren-

ticeship ratios. Flynn said in 2003 in Ontario there were 60,000 apprenticeships in the field; today there are 120,000. “It’s still nowhere near enough to meet the future needs of employers,” Flynn said. The government is also making gains in attracting people to study trades. In 2003 there were 17,000 people studying the trades, last year there were 30,000. “Things are going well, but we need to do better. We have to change the conversation

about post-secondary education and make trades a viable option,” he said. \ “My dad was a steamfitter and wanted me to go into the trades. Maybe I should have.” Flynn said touring the facility at the college gave him a lot of confidence about the future of the trades. “I have toured facilities across the province and have never seen anything like this,” he said of the building. When the Ontario College of Trades is operational, it will be the first of its kind in North America and the largest professional college in Ontario. There have been some critics that call it a tax grab, but Flynn said it is something the government needs to do. “If it’s successful we could be a world leader,” Flynn said. One of the benefits would be letting industry professionals decide for themselves the appropriate journeymento-apprentice ratios. “Trades people deserve as much consideration as any other regulated profession,” he said. “I am asking to not only join the Ontario College of Trades, but to be active members. “It’s your future.”


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

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St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

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St. Clement Church/Paroisse St. Clément

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School 2.0: Algonquin showcases applied research work Jennifer McIntosh jennifer.mcintosh@metroland.com

EMC news - Students and staff at Algonquin College got to show off their latest gadgets at the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter Applied Research Day on Dec. 4. The research day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is held twice a year for students graduating in the winter and spring â&#x20AC;&#x201C; gives the public a sneak peek at some of the research projects the students have made for industry partners. Jonathon Holmes, a recruitment ofďŹ cer with the college, said the applied research day in the spring is larger, with high school students being trucked in to see their study options. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to showcase the talents of our students,â&#x20AC;? he said. Jordan Kurosky, who studied computer science, developed an application for Natural Resources Canada. The app â&#x20AC;&#x201C; designed for an Android tablet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; helps geologists track the information they receive from samples when they are working up north. Prior to the application, the geologists entered the information into a notebook and then later entered the information into a complex database by hand. With the application, geologists can

enter information about samples that is tied to GPS data. It simpliďŹ es the process and allows them to be more accurate. The team spent a total of 753 hours on their project, with more than 350 of those hours spent on coding the application. But Kurosky said the experience of working with the client and developing the project was very valuable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to start my own company, so learning to keep the client happy is really important,â&#x20AC;? he said. While students work on their projects they have access to all of Algonquinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s labs and latest technologies. Nick Haddad, from the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s print shop, was on hand during the applied research day to show off a 3-D printer. The printer uses liquid photo polymer that reacts with the UV light on the printer head as it moves back and forth, creating models layer by layer. Haddad showed off a model of some chess pieces that were created by the printer, pointing out that the pieces were identical no matter how many times they were reproduced. Students can have models printed for a fraction of the cost of other print shops, Haddad said.

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EMC news - Brenda Rose has been on the waiting list for at least three years to get a volunteer match from the group Citizen Advocacy. The group has a long list of Ottawa residents waiting for volunteers to step forward to help out. Citizen Advocacy matches volunteers with people with a wide range of disabilities, including physical limitations, developmental delays, mental illness and disabilities related to aging. Volunteers – called advocates – help their protégés with things like grocery shopping and banking.

Rose, 60, has multiple sclerosis, which affects her mobility, and sense of direction. She lives in rural Cumberland, and can walk 30 to 45 minutes at a time, but is not able to drive. Previously she was matched up with a volunteer who would go on shopping trips and other outings with Rose. “We’d go shopping, or we’d go out to lunch, out to supper; we’d just go places. It was fun,” Rose said. She enjoys writing poetry, completing a poem every two to three days, and is self-publishing a book. She would like to leave the retirement residence she lives at in Cumberland more often. Currently, she said she can get out of the residence once a week. “We’re stuck out here, out in the country,” she said. “It’s hard to get rides anywhere, and it can be lonely sometimes.” She’d enjoy being matched

with a volunteer who could see her once a week, or every two weeks. Rose said any potential matches should be aware that she is a smoker. Besides shopping outings to stores like Walmart or the dollar store, she enjoys going outside. One of her favourite trips with her former volunteer was to the Experimental Farm, where she enjoyed going outside and seeing the animals. “Sometimes, I even just like going for a drive in the country, more so out by the farms,” Rose said. “I just like to get along with people.” Currently Rose is one of 310 people waiting for a oneon-one volunteer through Citizen Advocacy’s Everyday Champions program. To learn more about Brenda Rose or anybody else across Ottawa on our waiting list, visit citizenadvocacy.org, phone 613-761-9522 or email info@citizenadvocacy.org.

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Two sets of twins named to world cheer team Jessica Cunha

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EMC sports - Two sets of twins have been selected from the Cheer Sport Sharks to join the club’s world cheerleading team, the Swell Sharks. Beaverbrook twins Ashleigh and Jenna Dodunski and Stittsville twins Savannah and Celena Ethier all received the good news at noon on Nov. 23. “I was so excited,” said Jenna. “I was on the website right at 12. We were just waiting the whole day to find out.” Her sister kept her Grade 11 class riveted as they all waited to hear the news. “I was in the middle of class. I had four phones set up that I kept refreshing,” said Ashleigh, who attends Earl of March Secondary School with Jenna. “I cried; I was so excited … It’s the best feeling to know you’re good enough for that.” Celena and Savannah were both in classes at South Carleton Secondary School when the news came in. “I was in fitness, in the change room. I checked my phone and had seven texts … saying ‘Congrats!’” said Celena. “I always said I really wanted to go to worlds and now we get to go.” The four 16-year-olds will be travelling to Cambridge,

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Savannah Ethier, Jenna Dodunski, Ashleigh Dodunski and Celena Ethier – two sets of twins – will travel to Cambridge, Ont. to train on the Cheer Sport Sharks world cheerleading team. If the team wins a bid at the provincials in March, the girls will compete on the world stage in Orlando, Fla. Ont. to train with athletes from Cambridge and Ancaster, Ont. over the holidays. The Swell Sharks will compete in the provincial competition in Kitchener, Ont. in March in an

effort to earn a bid to compete on the world stage in Orlando, Fla. in April. “People don’t understand how big it is to go to worlds. It’s like the (National Hockey

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bers from the Ottawa facility to train on a world team. Sam Riem, mother of Ashleigh and Jenna, said the four girls are role models for the younger cheerleaders.

“It’s a pretty big deal giving them the opportunity to train at that level,” she said. “It gives all our younger athletes something to strive for … We’ve got quite a buzz in the club.” Ashleigh and Jenna are flyers – the people at the top of stunts who get lifted and thrown – while Savannah and Celena are bases – the people who lift and throw the flyers. “We want to train really, really hard,” said Ashleigh. The girls will train a minimum of eight hours a day for five days straight while in Cambridge and the team of 20 girls will continue to meet during holidays and long weekends. You can find both sets of twins at the Iber Road facility six to seven days a week. They all coach younger cheerleaders and use any spare time to practice their own skills. “I’ve worked so hard. It’s finally paid off,” said Savannah, who’s been cheerleading for five years. “We’re all really good friends. We’ve been doing this so long, so we’re really close.” The girls are looking for corporate sponsorships to help offset some of the costs. For more information, visit cheersportsharks.com/ancaster/ottawa, email info@ cheersportsharks.com or call 1-888-252-4337.

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EMC sports - In one heartbeat, Orléans teenagers Abdoulaye Samaké and Yann-Alexandre Fillion realized their lives were about to change. They both received the news they’d been waiting for: they made the Montreal Impact’s professional soccer academy and would be moving across the provincial border in the new year. “Every day I would go, wait, nothing would come,” said Samaké of the call from the team. When the deadline came, he thought he didn’t make it – until his parents took him out for dinner and told him the news. “I had to go to the washroom, splash water on my face to make sure it wasn’t a dream,” he said. Fillion’s father, who received the letter of acceptance by email from the soccer club, was planning on presenting a Montreal Impact scarf to Fillion when he gave him the news. But Fillion had already checked his dad’s email and found the letter. “I called Abdou and we

were insanely happy,” he said. Fillion, a Grade 11 student in Louis Riel high school’s sport study program grew up in Chapel Hill and played with the Hull Soccer Association, coached by Sylver Castagnet and Antony Ramel. Samaké, who lives in Convent Glen, is a Grade 10 student at the school and plays with Ottawa South United, coached by Russell Shaw and Jim Lalianos. He came to Canada at age seven from Mali in northeast Africa, and got an early start playing for the Gloucester Hornets. The high school teammates will have to miss playing in the spring provincial championship with the Louis Riel Rebelles. In January, both will leave their families in Orléans to move into residence at MarieVictorin college, where the Montreal Impact train. They’re going to be roommates, responsible for getting themselves to training, cooking, and completing schoolwork. They’ll start by playing with the under-16 team for six months before moving up to

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Abdoulaye Samaké, left, and Yann-Alexandre Fillion kick around the ball on Dec. 3 at the dome at Louis Riel. The pair have both made the Montreal Impact’s professional soccer academy and will start training with the club next year. the under-18 group. The Montreal Impact plays in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy league, made up of 80 teams from various North American academies. Only two of the 80 are from Canada: the Impact and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

It’s going to be quite the step up from their Ottawa teams, where both are used to seeing lots of playing time on the field. In Montreal, there are 25 players on the squad – but only 18 will travel and compete in each match. “Here, when we’re good,

we know we’ll play every game,” Samaké said. “The first few months, it’ll be hard to get matches. There will be constant pressure.” Fillion said the training schedule will change too, compressed into fewer hours, but more intense.

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soléa: STEPPING OUT OF PAIN AND INTO STYLE When Ian Colquhoun and his team opened soléa in Ottawa at 943 Carling Avenue ten years ago, they had no idea how the community would take to the concept of offering both pedorthic services of a Certified Pedorthist and the largest selection of fine comfort footwear in Ottawa at one convenient location. After a decade and thousands of satisfied clients with happier feet, they have their answer. First, for the uninitiated, a Certified Pedorthist is a welltrained health care professional who specializes in the use of footwear and supportive devices to address conditions that affect the feet and lower limbs. These specialists can analyze and correct gait and posture problems with the use of orthotics, customcrafted footwear inserts that, when properly designed and manufactured, can bring relief to a host of foot, leg, back pain and mobility issues. soléa Derek Gilmer, C. Ped. (C), C. Ped. Tech. and their clients are fortunate to have the talent, dedication, and services of Derek Gilmer, C. Ped. (C), C. Ped. Tech, one of the few Ottawa area Certified Pedorthists who holds both designations of Canadian Certified Pedorthist and Certified Pedorthic Technician. What this means is that at soléa, the person who assesses your foot issues is the same person who designs and manufactures your orthotics and who trains the staff to help you select the proper footwear for your orthotics. This fall, Derek is offering complimentary consultations to clients of soléa Pedorthic Services and they are now available on an appointment basis. Just about every client of soléa Pedorthic Services is amazed at the relief from pain that their new orthotics provide. Rather than feeling tired and drained at the end of their day, they walk with renewed energy that’s testament to a freedom in mobility they may not have experienced in years. They have learned what the soléa team has known for years-proper foot alignment may help provide the foundation for pain-free leg, hip, lower back and upper back mobility. The drive to satisfy the demand for comfort footwear that is both stylish and functional came from the need to serve both women and men who require orthotics but don’t necessarily want to wear orthopedic looking shoes. The success of any orthotic appliance is based not only on the skills of the pedorthist but on the quality and fit of the shoe it is to be inserted into. To this end, soléa researches and holds all the shoe and accessory lines it carries to a very high standard. Such well known names as Finn Comfort, Mephisto, Dansko and Gabor, to name only a few, are not only stocked at soléa, but carried in full seasonal offerings for those who desire comfortable footwear year round. As well, Certified Pedorthist, Derek Gilmer trains each soléa sales associate to help ensure the best match for the client of orthotics and shoe. For those with discriminating taste, soléa provides shoes that look decidedly fashionable without sacrificing quality or function.

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This level of service ensures unmatched quality control and a superior quality of product and ensures a maximum level of mobility improvement. There is a fast turnaround time of ten working days for most custom made orthotics.

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Isaac Ciarlo checks out the trophy presented to him at a party celebrating the end of his cancer treatment at Funhaven on Dec. 3. The trophy reads ‘It came, we fought, Isaac won.’

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Disney’s Junior Soccer Showcase offers younger age groups the chance to experience the same great national competition and top-notch tournament organization as their older counterparts in the original Disney’s Soccer Showcase. This November, OSU Force Academy 2000 Boys travelled to the sunshine state to put themselves to the test at Disney’s Wide World of Sports ‘Proving Ground’ to compete in the Disney Junior Soccer Showcase.

Boy celebrates successful end to treatment Jessica Cunha

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EMC news - It came, we fought, Isaac won. Such was the inscription on a 1.5-metre trophy presented to six-year-old Isaac Ciarlo as he celebrated the end of his chemotherapy treatment with a party at Funhaven on Monday, Dec. 3.

With some of the best teams from across America, the boys were drawn against FC Real Madrid from Miami, Boca United from central Florida and Southern West from Georgia in the group stages. Real Madrid momentarily tripped the boys up with a harsh lesson in gamesmanship and aggression, fielding some very powerful 99 born players and snatching a goal in the last few minutes of the game to win 3-2. However, the OSU boys had done enough to qualify for the knock out round due to some excellent performances in their other games.

“This party is definitely, definitely a victory celebration,” said Isaac’s mother Trisha. “We’re here and Isaac is fine.” Isaac, a Grade 2 St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School student, was diagnosed with stage four kidney and lung cancer earlier this year on March 16. After eight months of treatments, he was given the

“all-clear” from CHEO. Isaac was all smiles as he ran around the play centre with some of his friends. His favourite part about finishing treatment? “I get to have a party,” he said, adding he was looking forward to playing a round of laser tag. Trisha and Jon, Isaac’s father, spoke to the crowd about

A relatively smooth semi-final game (but not without some nervous moments!) against the Houston Texans saw the boys step their game to earn a convincing 4-1 win, and set themselves up for a mouth watering final against Atlanta FC. The Championship final proved to be a real roller coaster of a game and worth every ounce of sweat and effort to get there. Both teams were well matched and the intensity and will to win was evident in every player on both sides. Every OSU boy was a hero in their own way, but it was Eric B who hit the winning and only goal home with 10 minutes to go. Parents, siblings and the entire Force Academy 2000 Girls team (who themselves had earlier earned themselves a third place trophy in their competition) screamed and cheered the boys for the entire 70 minutes and their support was certainly a huge factor in the win!

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OSU is very proud of the Force Academy 2000 Boys not just for winning, but for consistently being commended for their style of play. On behalf of the entire OSU Family, we would like to congratulate Head Coach Gord McGregor and Assistant Coach Martin McCoy for their part in this memorable occasion. For showing true character in very demanding circumstances, a heart-felt congratulations goes out to the following boys who now have a great reason for updating their soccer resumes! : Anthony, Austin, Cedric, David, Elie, Eric, Giacomo, Kristian, Luc, Matt, Nick, Ian, Ryan, Tore and Will.

how thankful they were for all the support received by the family. “We’ve never felt more loved,” said Trisha, adding have people dropped off food, cards, and words of encouragement. “People being here … it’s great,” said Jon. “It’s incredible. It really, really is.” The family put together a memory box, now overflowing with cards. “One day, (Isaac) is going to go through that,” said Trisha. “He won and that is cause for a huge celebration.” She gave a special thanks to Isaac’s best friend Rowan Kovacs. “Rowan, you never saw the sick boy,” she said. “Your friendship healed a lot scars.” Isaac’s brothers, Matthew and Jacob, were also thanked for standing by their brother’s side. “This group of people, every single day, supported us,” said Trisha, gesturing to the crowded room. “When you open your heart and put it out there to people, they’re there to pick you up.” Around 170 people came out to celebrate with the Ciarlos. Funhaven, located on Baxter Road, sponsored the evening of food and games for the family as part of its community outreach. “One of our missions at Funhaven is just to make life better,” said Sebastian Deneault, marketing manager for the organization. “We can actually give back to the community.” Tricia said she didn’t expect such a grand gesture from the business. When she contacted the organization, she was only hoping for a discount so “we could make this occasion memorable for Isaac and his brothers, and also thank our friends for the generosity and support showered upon us throughout this ordeal,” she said. “You can imagine my shock and surprise when they immediately replied with ‘Yes’ and ‘don’t worry about it – we’ve got it.’ This is such a grand gesture, one for which we are so very grateful. “We are closing the door on cancer, hopefully forever.”


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tivities, she said. The water safety program will distribute life jackets and host presentations about drowning prevention. The Active and Safe Inuit Children and Youth program will be a safety awareness campaign run in all northern Inuit communities and cities with a large Inuit population. “Children and youth living in the North are injured far more often than those living in southern Canada,” said Rebecca Kudloo, Pauktuutit president. The Brain Safe program will work with coaches at speed skating, skiing and snowboarding programs to promote safety. “The coaches, officials and volunteers responsible for delivering sport programs play an important role in creating safe, fun and fair sport and recreation environments,” said Ian Moss, Speed Skating Canada CEO. Aqlukkaq said the projects are designed to help children safely participate in physical activities. “This is great news for children and families across Canada and right here in Ottawa-Orléans,” Galipeau said.

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EMC news - Six skaters from the Glen Cairn Skating Club will join forces with Olympic figure skater Elizabeth Manley on Jan. 26 to raise funds for two organizations in memory of Jamie Hubley. Jamie was a top-10 provincial figure skating competitor and the local skaters were chosen to take part in the event at Scotiabank Place because they trained with him, said Sylive McCormick, who has a daughter in the club. “James Hubley meant a lot to so many people. When he had passed away it was a very hard time for us all,” said 15year-old Taylor Abbas, one of the six local skaters who will take to the ice. The Grade 10 student at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School said it’s important to raise awareness and money for mental health. “I hope no one has to go through the pain I had to go through,” she said. “Jamie, I’ll love you forever and always.” Jamie, the son of Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, took his own life just over a year ago after being bullied for his sexual orientation. Taylor, along with McKayla MacDonell, 13, Alesi ZitoLaRose, 15, Eliza Moore, 17, Kelly MacDonald, 17, and Victoria Walker, 15, have been practising every Friday morning for two hours over the past number of weeks. “I feel honored to skate in memory of my friend James, for a cause that was so important to him,” said

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Six skaters from the Glen Cairn Skating Club will take to the ice as part of the Elizabeth Manley and Friends fundraising event on Jan. 26 at Scotiabank Place. Kelly, a Grade 12 student at Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Glen Cairn Skating Club coach Lisa Ross, who taught Jamie for seven years, will also be a part of the fundraising event. “He was a pleasure to coach,” she said. “Taking part in the show allows me to help promote awareness regarding bullying and mental health issues. I miss James and to skate in his honor means the world to me.” Jamie touched the lives of each of the skaters taking part in the show. “It is a great way to show

how much James meant to us,” said McKayla, a Grade 8 student at W.O. Mitchell Elementary School. The event, Elizabeth Manley and Friends, will include a “star-studded” ice show at Scotiabank Place on Jan. 26 with proceeds going to the Do It For Daron foundation and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. On Jan. 25, a fundraising dinner will be held at the Brookstreet Hotel. Performers scheduled to participate in the show include: • Joannie Rochette • Elvis Stojko • Nancy Kerrigan

• Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford • Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje • Jozef Sabovcik • Shawn Sawyer • Gladys Orozco • Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno • Nathan Haller • Ericka Hunter “I’m very excited to be part of the Liz Manley show to represent the love we have for the sport and for James,” said Victoria, a Grade 10 student at A.Y. Jackson. For more information on the event, visit elizabethmanleyandfriends.com.

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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

Dec. 15

Orpheus Choral Group Xmas Concert - Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. St. Paul High School, 2675 Draper Ave. For all friends and family. Free admission, free parking. Special surprise for young children. Good-will donation welcome. Refreshments afterwards. For information contact Ted Blair at 613 836-9351 or teddb@ rogers.com. Stairwell Carollers Christmas concerts. The Carollers bring focus to the true meaning of Christmas, with beautiful interpretations of mostly traditional carols in many languages and donation of proceeds to local charities (this time the youth literacy group Sage Youth – Jeunesse Sage) and a scholarship fund for music students. Dec. 15: Glebe St. James United Church, 650 Lyon, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19: St. Columba Anglican Church, 24 Sandridge, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 at the door or $15 in advance at The Leading Note, 370 Elgin St., Compact Music, 190 & 785 1/2 Bank St., and Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Ave., or online. No charge for children 12 and under. Information: www. stairwellcarollers.com or 613746-2779. Christmas dinner and dance. Saturday, Dec. 15, (Dinner at 6:00 p.m.) at St. Augustine Parish Hall, 1060 Baseline Rd. This special event is not only to celebrate the Christmas season but it is also to celebrate the recent installation of an elevator at St. Augustine parish. A ham and turkey dinner followed by desserts will be catered by Nate’s Deli Family Kitchen. The event includes a cash bar and entertainment will be provided by “Colour It Music” DJ. Tickets are $35 per person (Tickets must be purchased before Dec. 9) Tickets can be purchased from St. Augustine parish office (613-225-7388), Monday and Thursday 9 a.m.

to 3 p.m. (office hours) or by calling 613-823-0247. For more information, call 613823-0247, Fern or Doreen

Dec. 20

IODE Walter Baker Chapter will meet Dec. 20 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 information, visit iodewbc@gmail.com or call Alia at 613-864-6779.

Dec. 25

Christmas Day Meal at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street at Parkdale. December 25, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - The Community of Hintonburg invites you to join them for a free Christmas meal at the Carleton Tavern near the intersection of Armstrong St and Parkdale Ave. Sorry, not handicapped accessible. The meal is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. A vegetarian meal provided by Indian Express Food & Sweets will also be available at the dinner. Don’t be alone at Christmas, come and spend it with your neighbours and friends. Experience the warmth of the Hintonburg Community Family. Listen to great music from musicians in the community organized by “Midnight Mike and the Open Stage Revue”. Rides are available. Phone number on Christmas Day is: 613-728-4424. The Hintonburg Economic Development Committee (HEDC) is seeking donations of turkeys, hams and baked goods, as well as new gifts for adults, especially for men (warm scarves, socks, mitts, gloves, hats, gift certificates, bus tickets, telephone cards). Gifts for women, teens and children also accepted, as well as pet food. Please leave gifts unwrapped; however, gifts bags are appreciated. Gifts can be dropped off at

the Carleton Tavern the week before Christmas. Frozen turkeys should be dropped at the Carleton Tavern one week before Christmas. Telephone: 613-728-7582 (Cheryl), email: carletonxmasdinner@ hotmail.ca

Jan. 9

Christian Women’s Central Club invites you and your friends to a “New Year’s Silver Dessert Buffet”. Feature: SILPADA Sterling Silver Jewelry, special music and speaker: Talented vocalist Daphne Dykhuizen will sing and tell about “A Life Wrapped Up”. $6 and first timers $, 1:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Church, 971 Woodroffe. RSVP: 613-228-8004. All women welcome!

Jan. 16

Heritage Ottawa Free Public Lecture: Adding Contemporary Layers to Historic Districts. To be held Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m., Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St., corner of Laurier Ave. W. After years of discussions, the French proposed a means to regroup contemporary interventions in historic districts using seven categories. The categories are: 1) Degree “0” of insertion, 2) integration, 3) contrast, 4) from the laughable to the precarious (temporary), 5) invisibility, 6) analogy, and 7) complex examples. Drawing on national and international experience and expertise in the heritage field, François LeBlanc will present and discuss examples from each category. This lecture will be in English. Info – info@ heritageottawa.org or 613230-8841 www.heritageottawa.org

Feb. 6

Heritage Ottawa Free Public Lecture - Heritage Ottawa’s Eighth Annual Bob and

area’s heritage. Lecture will be in English. Questions are welcome in either official language. Info: info@heritageottawa.org or 613-230-8841 www.heritageottawa.org

Mary Anne Phillips Memorial Lecture. Guest speaker is Charlotte Gray (“Does Heritage Pull History Out Of Shape?”) Date: Wednesday, February 6, 7:00 p.m., Ottawa Public Library Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St., corner of Laurier Ave. W. How can creative non-fiction writers bring new readers to history while staying within the bounds of creative non-fiction? Charlotte Gray will discuss the different demands made on the past by historians and heritage activists. An author of eight best sellers, the Ottawa-based writer will explore the challenges she faces as she brings history to life in her work, including Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike, and her forthcoming true crime book, Carrie’s Case, which will be published in Fall, 2013. Lecture will be in English. Info – info@heritageottawa.org or 613-230-8841. www.heritageottawa.org

Mar. 20

Mondays

Looking to learn conversational Spanish? Improve your Spanish speaking skills with Los Amigos Toastmasters. We meet at Tunney’s Pasture Mondays from 4:55 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Carole at 613-7616537 or visit www.amigostm.ca.

Tuesdays

Heritage Ottawa Free Public Lecture - Rediscovering Lowertown. Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. Ottawa Public Library Auditorium 120 Metcalfe St., corner of Laurier Ave. W. 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 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. It was almost obliterated by ill-conceived urban renewal and transportation schemes in the 60’s and early 70’s, and continues to struggle to this day to survive despite being previously saved and designated as an important heritage area. Marc Aubin, a sixth generation resident of Lowertown and president of the Lowertown Community Association, along with fellow members, will share perspectives on the community’s successes and challenges in protecting and restoring the

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.

Wednesdays

Drop-in playgroup for moms with children four years-old and under runs each Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at East Gate Alliance Church, 550 Codds’ Rd. Come for a casual time of play and circle time. More information is available at www.eastgatealliance.ca. Faith Friends Kids’ Club

begins on Wednesday, Sept. 19. This Kids’ Club runs each Wednesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the East Gate Alliance Church, 550 Codd’s Rd. Activities include Bible stories and games. Children ages four to11 yearsold are invited to join. More information is available at www.eastgatealliance.ca or by calling 613-744-0682.

Fridays

Five-pin bowling league is encouraging senior citizens over the age of 50 to participate in an activity that provides regular moderate exercise. Members range in age from 50 to 90. There is no registration fee. Bowling takes place each Friday afternoon between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Walkley Bowling Centre, 2092 Walkley Rd. Participants are placed on mixed four-person teams. To register, please call Roy or Jean Hoban at 613-731-6526.

Ongoing

Ottawa Newcomers’ Club invites women new to Ottawa to join our activities and meet some new friends. Activities include: bridge, Scrabble, walks, luncheons and dinners, book club, Ottawa sights/ events, travel cafe and craft and chat. Website at: www. ottawanewcomersclub.ca. Call 613-860-0548 or email ottawanewcomers@hotmail.ca. 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 creative hands-on, play based curriculum includes intro to French, sign language, school readiness, music, daily outdoor play and more. Visit www.westboronurseryschool. ca, email wns@westboronurseryschool.ca or call 613-8601522 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

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

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20

Taurus, there is bound to be a learning curve when you begin a new job or a new task. Do not be hard on yourself if it takes you a little longer. Gemini, thoughtful reflection certainly may provide some of the answers you seek. But another way is to simply get out there and ask other people what they think. Cancer, sad situations may come up, but you have a way of deflecting the situation and showcasing the bright side of things. You may find you are a person providing support this week. Leo, many opportunities to entertain family and friends are on the horizon. Honor all of your commitments and enjoy all of the festivities.

CLUES ACROSS 1. 1st Hall of Famer Ty 5. Coat with plaster 9. Reciprocal of a sine (abbr.) 12. Jai __, sport 13. Straight muscles 14. 10 = 1 dong 15. Peru’s capital 16. Of a main artery 17. Latin for hail 18. Give birth to a horse 19. Colors material 20. Triglyceride is one 22. Take a plane hostage 24. Margarines 25. A tributary of the Missouri River 26. Bring up children 27. 3rd tone of the scale 28. Light boat (French) CLUES DOWN 1. A young cow 2. Collection of miscellaneous pieces 3. Mali capital 4. Onion rolls 5. “10” actress Bo 6. Performs in a play 7. Iguana genus 8. Fox’s Factor host 9. French hat 10. One who rescues 11. Female students 13. Rolls-__, luxury car 16. Slow tempos 21. Relating to the ileum 23. Irish flautist

Virgo, while you aspire to have many friends, you just may find that there are only a few special people who hold the strings to your heart. It is okay to keep them close.

31. Relating to geometry 33. Cursed, obstinate 34. Aluminum 35. Sec. of State 1981-82 36. Barn towers 39. Bonito genus 40. Deep ravines 42. Spirit in “The Tempest” 43. Small restaurant 44. Bambi for example 46. Actor DeCaprio 47. Ambled or strolled 49. Cleanse with soap and water 50. Atomic mass unit 51. Var. of emir 52. Supplemented with difficulty 53. Manuscripts (abbr.) 54. Frambesia 55. Auld lang __, good old days

28. Sleeping place 29. Indicates position 30. Prepared for competition 31. One who shows the way 32. Of I 33. Decayed teeth 35. Seraglios 36. More free from danger 37. Great amounts 38. Surreptitious 39. Arabian greeting 40. Angel food and carrot 41. # of ancient wonders 43. Ball of thread or yarn 45. To interpret: explain 48. Doctors’ group

Last week’s answers

Libra, sit down and enjoy some peace and quiet. You may enjoy the break from the frenetic pace you have been keeping the last few months. Ever an ideas person, Scorpio, now you have to put some follow-through into those plans. You can likely find a few friends to join you on your next adventure. Sagittarius, things certainly go on when you’re not around, but others may notice they just may not be as fun. You often lend joviality to anything you attend so spread your cheer. Capricorn, bide your time and you just may end the year on a bang. Don’t be afraid to add other things to your last-minute wish list because your goals just may be met. Aquarius, you enjoy social situations but that doesn’t mean you have to be the life of the party. Keep this in mind as you attend holiday gatherings. Pisces, while others are thinking about what presents they want under the tree, you may be thinking of how to give back to others.

This weeks puzzle answers in next weeks issue

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