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Girls hockey is coming to Stittsville and Goulbourn. A Goulbourn Girls’ Hockey Association is starting up and is now looking initially for volunteers willing to help out – anything from coaches to managing to helping with the administration to helping with any little thing. It is all essential to get this new girls’ hockey association up and running. See GIRLS’ HOCKEY, page 5
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HERE’S MUNCHKINLAND Performing as Munchkins and members of the Lullaby League and Lollipop Guild in the musical “The Wizard of Oz” at Sacred Heart High School in Stittsville last week are, from left to right, Audrey Martin, Amy VanWell, Katie Lefebvre, Lauren Hutchings, Isabelle Gemmill, Alison McLeod, Emma VanWell and Reiley Hodgson. See story, photos on pages 26,27,28
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Helene Hutchings knows that she can never repay fully what the hospital system has done in making her a cancer survivor but that is not preventing her from trying. “There is nothing anyone can ever do to fully repay what a hospital has done to get you through anything,” the award-winning Stittsville realtor
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Getting to attend a taping of the Oprah Winfrey television show. Wow! Getting to hear in person and even to meet an idolized rock star. Awesome. Doing them both at the same time. Priceless. This is what happened to Matt Denison, 30, who works on the circulation desk at the Stittsville branch of the Ottawa Public Library. It all started last summer when Matt heard from a friend that the Oprah Winfrey show, going into its last year on the air, was looking for suggestions of guests to be on the show, specifically people who had never appeared on it. A huge fan of rock singer Stevie Nicks who flew to stardom in the 1970’s as the singer for the group Fleetwood Mac, Matt sent a letter to the Oprah Winfrey show suggesting her selection as a guest and, keeping the letter to the required 2,000 word limit, telling why he was making the suggestion. “Her music was very inspirational to me and helped me through a lot,” Matt says in explaining why he suggested Stevie Nicks, while also acknowledging that the singer was someone who has lived quite a life, reaching the status of rock’s top female singer after Fleetwood Mac became an overnight success with the release of its 1977 album “Rumours” which generated four top ten singles. Matt soon forgot about writing the letter although he remained an avid Stevie
Nicks fan. Indeed, he has a wide range of Stevie Nicks memorabilia and records. “Pretty much anything I can get my hands on, I have,” he says about his Stevie Nicks collection. He became a fan around the age of 16 and since then has seen her perform several times, including going to Toronto, Philadelphia and New York City to see her perform. Earlier this month, he travelled to Montreal to see her perform with Rod Stewart on his recent tour. Matt eventually received a letter back from a producer of Oprah Winfrey’s show, seeking more information about his Stevie Nicks involvement. But then there was more silence and he heard nothing. That’s when his sister in Halifax started a Facebook campaign urging his appearance on the show. This led to radio interviews on his situation and eventually, just days before the date to tape the show with Stevie Nicks, Matt received the invitation to attend the show’s taping on Friday, April 8 in Chicago and that tickets would be there, waiting for him. So, with his mother, brother and sister, he flew to Chicago the day before the April 8th taping and they attended the taping the next day, a taping which turned out to be what is now acknowledged as one of Oprah’s best shows ever. It included appearances and performances not only by Stevie Hicks but also by modern day singer Cheryl Crow; rocker Joan Jett, who formed the first all-girl rock band and with the Blackhearts created what
is now the rock anthem “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” and who performed with current singing sensation Miley Cyrus; Salt-NPepa, the first all female rap group who have become hip hop legends; Pat Benatar, considered the most successful female rock vocalist of all time, who sang with Napanee’s rising star Avril Lavigne; and the Sister Sledge who led all the performers – and Oprah and the audience – in singing their trademark song “We Are Family.” As you see, the show was all about rock goddesses who paved the way for women in music today. Matt and his family received VIP seating for this taping, situated in the front row of the rear section, just behind the cameras. “You could see everything,” Matt says. But while the show was immense and spectacular, it was what happened after the show that blew Matt away. That’s when Matt and others guests in the audience like himself got to go backstage where all of these musical legends and stars, along with Oprah herself, were mingling about, talking with everyone. Matt got to shake hands with Oprah who congratulated him on asking such a great question during an Oprah question session during a break in the taping. Matt had asked her to tell about the first concert that she had ever attended which turned out to be a 1968 James Brown concert. Matt also got to meet and have his picture taken with Stevie Nicks. He told Stevie how much he liked her music and en-
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Matt Denison holds a couple of the Stevie Nicks memorabilia which he received when he attended the taping of the Oprah Winfrey show in Chicago recently. The show was aired on Thursday, April 14. couraged her to include Ottawa as a stop on her upcoming solo tour. He also received two autographed items from her. “She was so nice,” he says about Stevie Nicks, noting that she seemed to enjoy talking to people in this backstage environment which Matt described as “organized chaos.”. Matt also had a brief encounter with Pat Benatar, another of his favourite singers, and received a wave from Joan Jett and Miley Cyrus. See STEVIE NICKS, page 7
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Helene Hutchings is giving back From page 1 But what began as an simple idea for an event where people could donate their long hair for the making of wigs for cancer patients has now developed into a more elaborate event, thanks in large part to the generosity and involvement of the Mahogany Spa’s Catherine Wood and her staff. When Helene first got the idea, she set out to find a salon that might do the proposed hair cutting. She approached Mahogany Spa because she has worked with them as a realtor, holding appreciation days there for her clients. Mahogany Spa quickly jumped on board, offering to provide a free wash, cut and style for all those who would be donating their hair. Arrangements were made for the hair to go to Angel Hair for Kids, an Ontario based organization that provides wigs for youthful cancer patients. But Mahogany agreed to do more. For those with no long hair to donate, Mahogany will donate 50 percent of all proceeds from wash, cut and styles done between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. However, pre-registration is required. In addition, any and all cash donations for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation will be accepted, with tax receipts available for donations of $15 or more. Anyone who wants to participate in this April 27th fundraiser in any way should contact Helene Hutchings at 613831-9628. Helene readily acknowledges that the event is taking on a life of its own. “It’s just been phenomenal,” she says, noting that already 16 people have come forward to donate their hair and more are expected. Sponsors and donors are also coming forward. It is colorectal cancer that Helene Hutchings has fought, undergoing surgery and the most aggressive form of radiation and chemotherapy treatment. She is now cancer free but she will never forget what she went through – the highs such as her marvelous treatment by her doctors and the hospital and the lows, such as the times when she would scream in pain caused by her treatments. But through it all, she compiled a daily journal of her journey against the disease and she continued to work when she could. Indeed, early on after her diagnosis, she partnered with fellow realtor Perry Pavlovic to try to continue with her real estate career, despite her onslaught of cancer. And now, even when she has returned to health, the partnership continues as she calls it “one of the silver linings” that resulted from her cancer. Perry not only kept things going but also helped keep her going, buying into her positive philosophy of “onwards and upwards.” She admits that work allowed her to continue to feel in control of something, because one thing that she discovered happens when battling cancer is that much is taken out of your control – treatments are scheduled and provided but you learn to become patient while waiting and you have to rely on the experts to guide your treatment. But working, even in a limited way, allowed Helene to feel in control of at least that part of her life. “So work was my outlet,” she admits, and with Perry’s help, she continued to work when possible, wearing nice dresses and sporting new handbags in an effort to
“try to look good and feel better.” As a mother of three daughters, Helene thought that she knew what pain was thanks to her childbirth experiences. Well, no way. Her aggressive cancer treatments, directed to the anus area of her body where the cancer was centred, eventually caused her excruciating pain, particularly when going to the washroom. “I learned what it is to scream in pain,” she says while also keeping her sanity while reminding herself that every day farther into her treatment was placing her one day closer to her cure. In addition, she came to treasure those moments when she had no pain. These periods of a couple of hours became much appreciated times. “You grab these moments of feeling no pain and enjoy them,” Helene says. Walking around the woods of her four and a half acre Stittsville area property, exercising, drinking lots of water and eating small portions but often were all strategies which also helped her get through the painful periods. But even the use of powerful creams to heal the burns left by the severe radiation treatment and access to strong anti-pain killing drugs could not mask the pain. Eventually the treatment finished, the healing process began, she was weaned off her dependence on pain killers and she was on the road to recovery. Her situation was not helped when a neighbour, good friend and fellow cancer battler suddenly passed away early last fall. They had travelled the journey together and Helene had even written her friend’s newsletter about her caner fight before she herself was diagnosed and had to give it up to write her own journal about her battle with cancer. It not only recounts her daily struggle but also includes photographs not only of herself and her family but also of all of the doctors and nurses involved in every one of her treatments. Helene had a unique outlook on her journey against cancer. “I never felt it was a battle,” she says, instead trying to visualize her body’s affected area and viewing it as a healing process in which her body was trying to re-stabilize itself. She now feels robust and knows that she looks great. “I am just happy and healthy,” she says, noting that her experience shows that cancer does not mean death and that even with aggressive treatment such as she underwent, a person can still try to look good during that time. Now recipient of a good prognosis, although she will be subject to three month checkups for the next couple of years, Helene raves about her doctors and her treatment team. “They are all brilliant,” she says simply. She admits that her cancer experience has changed her. ‘It has made me even more understanding,” she says. She is not on any medication at present. And so she has started to give back, albeit in her admitted “tiny” way with her hair donation and cancer fundraiser at Mahogany Salon and Spa in Stittsville on Wednesday, April 27 but she tells herself that if everyone does a little bit, then these little efforts suddenly become one big effort as a society. See FUNDRAISER, page 5
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From page 1 Already it has been over a year in preparation, with Cathy Bureau of Stittsville, a one-time American University women’s hockey star and now a mother with three girls who have played girls’ hockey, and a small group working behind the scenes to get the necessary approvals. This approval to start a house league has now been received from the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association and incorporation as a non-profit group has now been completed. The next step, before actual player registration for this fall’s season, is getting a sense of support from the community, essentially through people coming forward and offering to get involved in one form or another. “It takes a lot of volunteers to get things moving and shaking,” Ms. Bureau says. “For the most part, we are looking for people in all aspects.” Another upcoming challenge will be for the new organization to obtain some ice time allocation from the city of Ottawa. An application has been submitted but Ms. Bureau admits that it will be tough to get ice time. She is hoping to get four or five hours of city ice time per week, enough to start an initiation program for the youngest players and perhaps ice one or two novice and atom level teams. An option will be to purchase ice time at some of the privately owned facilities such as the Bell Sensplex but this would be at a higher cost. Registration for players will be held later once the volunteers have been lined up. Anyone wanting more information or to volunteer to help out with this new organization should contact Cathy Bureau at 613-836-0624. This whole situation to create a Goulbourn Girls’ Hockey Association began when Ms. Bureau and some others began talking about the girls’ hockey situation in the area. “It was high time there was girls hockey in Stittsville,” was the feeling that arose, Ms. Bureau says. The new organization was expanded to include all of
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From page 4 Helene is also quite willing to talk to anyone about her cancer treatments and her journey against cancer. She knows that everyone will approach such a journey differently but feels that if she can help someone else starting such a journey, she will do so. There is life after a cancer diagnosis, she will tell you. She thinks that her hair donation and cancer fundraiser may become an annual event, deJohn Curry photo pending on its success on April 27. Cancer survivor Helene Hutchings She feels that it may have the poholds a poster outlining the tential to become a Stittsville-wide upcoming hair donation/cancer event, the community’s statement fundraiser. against cancer.
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Goodbye, Richmond Road We all now know about the city of Ottawa’s quick decision to rename Robertson Road and Richmond Road in the Bells Corners area. It was not only a quick decision but also a wrong-headed one but it is doubtful that this council, which appears to be so full of “yes” men, will overturn this decision. But as things now stand, there is one more shoe to drop in this renaming scenario and that is changing the name of Richmond Road from Bells Corners out to the village of Richmond. This stretch of this historic road, first hacked out of the bush by the men of the 99th Regiment of Foot who were turning in their rifles for the tools of the settler, can no longer be called the Richmond Road as it has been since
1818 but now it must have a new name since it is now dangling out there on its own, cut off from the remainder of what is still called the Richmond Road. So, although we may not like it, there is a need to come up with a new name for this stretch of road which passes through part of the greenbelt, Fallowfield village and Twin Elm before arriving at the village of Richmond. A proposed name “Old Richmond Road” is neither innovative nor inspiring. Fallowfield Road and Twin Elm Road are both existing roads, so we cannot find refuge in such geographic names. And, of course, the name cannot be a name that is already used elsewhere in the city. One name that we think has some historic over-
tones and might be appropriate is Goodwood Drive. The road follows along the Jock River for part of its journey to Richmond, a river that was initially called the Goodwood River, a name associated with the Duke of Richmond. Or if Goodwood Drive does not excite you, what about Duke Drive. The road passes right by the national historic monument commemorating the death of the Duke of Richmond in 1819. A Duke Drive would further commemorate the Duke’s visit and death to the area. Or perhaps you have a name that you think would be appropriate for this section of road. Make sure that you suggest it to city officials so that it can be considered.
What goes around, crashes around By the morning after the leaders’ televised election debate, 380,888 people had watched a You Tube video of a driverless tractor in a Walmart parking lot in suburban Toronto. Apparently 670 people liked it and 28 people disliked it. For those who haven’t seen the video, what happens is that a tractor without a driver somehow begins driving in wide circles around the parking lot. It keeps returning to the side of the Walmart building, occasionally scraping it, then heads out into the parking lot again on another sweep and bashes into cars, pushing some ahead of it. It jumps the curb and crushes a tree. The only sound to be heard is the roar of the tractor and the voices of some of the people gathered to watch from a safe distance. “Oh, man, I feel sorry for those cars,” someone says. The tractor makes several sweeps. In the middle of one, a
CHARLES GORDON police car arrives, then another. They drive around a bit, as if they don’t know what to do. Only the tractor knows what to do. Finally, it slams into a light pole, stops and somebody climbs up, reaches in and turns off the ignition. There is no applause from the spectators, but someone can be heard saying to the video camera owner: “Put ’em on You Tube you got good money for that.” Somehow there are lessons in here for us and for our political leaders, who were too busy debating to watch. For example, the video lasts six minutes and 11 seconds, which is very long in our short-attention-span world. Yet people watched it all the way through, which is more than can be said for the average political speech or even political
commercial. Because You Tube world has strange practices of its own, several people even posted their own videotaped reviews of the event. Could such an event be restaged for political gain — a driverless bus with Liberal colours, for example, knocking over everything in sight in a parking lot, perhaps somewhere in the West? Everybody would certainly watch and some would post reviews about it. Mind you, the bus would be condemned as “reckless,” but that might not matter. Experts say the hit count is everything. As long as thousands of people click on it, everything is fine. This is a dominant philosophy in our digital age: it doesn’t matter what I do as long as people watch it. So far that hasn’t come to politics — aside from Stockwell Day driving the jetski — but it will. As McLuhan told us, the medium is the message and nowhere is this more evident than on the Internet.
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Not to say anyone actually did it in this case, but you can stage an event, turn your camera on it and everybody watches, if the event is outlandish enough. This was not possible in the old days. You might be able to stage the event, but someone else had to hold the camera, then you had to get the film developed, then rent a hall for people to come see it and there might be something else on that night. This is why there were fewer driverless tractors driving around parking lots in the old days. Also fewer piano-playing cats. But technology improved and so did our ability to exploit
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Friendship Club luncheon coming up COLLEEN DENNIS Special to the News
The April luncheon for The Friendship Club will be held on Wednesday, April 27 at 12 noon at the glen Mar Golf and Coun-
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Stevie Nicks, Oprah Winfrey From page 3 Even now, he remains wowed by the fact that all of these stars were there together, meeting fans not in separate private rooms but there backstage, just walking around and talking and none of them, not even Oprah, seeming to be in any big hurry to be elsewhere. “I still can’t believe I was there,” Matt says about the taping in general which took about five hours, much longer apparently than a usual show taping session. Indeed, it is now being considered probably one of Oprah’s finest shows as she winds down to her final one. What surprised Matt about the show was not only the constant flow of surprise star singing guests but also Oprah’s behavior during breaks in the taping when she casually talked to people in the audience. “How warm she was, how nonchalant she was,” Matt recalls, noting that Oprah was very relaxed and not at all tense which might have been expected in tap-
ing such a star-studded show. “She made you feel at ease,” Matt says. Matt came away from the show not only with his great memories and his Stevie Nicks autographs but also with a Cover Girl gift bag, Pat Benatar’s book and Joan Jett’s new CD. The show was aired on television on Wednesday, April 13. He remains hopeful that Stevie Nicks will come to Ottawa on her upcoming tour but if not, he is prepared to travel to somewhere else to see her perform on the tour. Meanwhile, Matt, who has worked at the Stittsville library branch since last September and has worked for the Ottawa Public Library since May 2007, is happy with his job at the Stittsville library. Although he lives downtown, he travels to work by bus. Although he has worked at a larger branch previously, he likes his current job at a small town library like Stittsville has where he finds that there is a slower pace and he can get to know the clients. He likes the branch’s “homey, comfy feel” and enjoys working there.
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TEN YEAR VOLUNTEER Dawn Montgomery, right, of the Heart and Stroke Foundation presents A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School teacher Claude Maier, centre, with a ten year volunteer pin for being the lead organizer for the Jump Rope for Heart program at the school for the past ten years as school principal Paddy McCavour, left, looks on. The presentation also involved Debbie Follis, right, makes a donation accepted by Royal Canadian Dragoons Army Cadet Samantha Sample, a certificate honouring A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School for placing centre, as Royal Canadian Dragoons Army Cadet Dennis Pearson, left, looks on at the Army Cadets Tag Day third last year among schools in Ontario’s Region 4 in Jump Rope for Heart fundraising, with over $21,000 raised. at the Giant Tiger store in Stittsville on Saturday, April 16. John Brummell photo
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One-woman play ‘The Servant of the Supper’ LOUISE BEGGS Special to the News Photo courtesy of Louise Beggs
Gaye Lalonde, left, president of the Catholic Women’s League at Holy Spirit Parish in Stittsville, presents an honorarium and freewill donation to Eleanor Glenn, right.
With Easter, a most holy time of year for churches, coming up, witnessing the performance of a play about some of Easter’s most revered moments is most relevant. And this was the case for an ecumenical audience of
over 60 people who viewed a performance of the one-woman play “The Servant of the Supper” at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Stittsville on Tuesday, April 12. In this play, Eleanor Glenn enacted scenes from the Last Supper, Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection and an appearance from St. Paul as viewed through
the perspective of a servant girl in Jerusalem. The evening, which was hosted by the Catholic Women’s League of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, featured not only the half hour play but an evening service and a Lenten reception. This play is being taken, with Pope Benedict’s blessings, by
Ms. Glenn, a retired Catholic elementary school principal who has a love for writing, directing and performing, to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which is being held in Dublin, Ireland in June 2012. Information about Ms. Glenn and the play can be found at www.servantatthesupper.com.
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Carolyn Bradley, left, reacts with surprise and glee as she is presented with a framed Stittsville Redmen jersey bearing the number 21 worn by her late husband, Rory, when he played with the Redmen which is being held by Lynda Partner, centre, left, the Stittsville Minor Hockey Association’s roving reporter, and Glenn Austin, right, the Association’s vice-president of operations, at the Association’s annual general meeting on Sunday, April 17.
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Rory Bradley, we are sure, would approve wholeheartedly of the choice made for the inaugural recipient of the Rory Bradley Volunteer of the Year Award, a new honour presented by the Stittsville Minor Hockey Association (SMHA) for the first time this year. After all, Rory, who passed away suddenly last year, had Joan Savoie’s support and assistance over the years. “Joan was always involved as a volunteer with Rory Bradley’s teams each and every year that Rory coached,” noted Catherine Westbrook in her nomination of Joan Savoie for the Rory Bradley Volunteer of the Year Award. “In view of her long and successful volunteering career with SMHA, I cannot imagine a more worthy volunteer for the Rory Bradley Volunteer of the Year Award than Joan Savoie,” Ms. Westbrook wrote in the nomination. And over the years Joan Savoie fulfilled many roles in minor hockey in Stittsville and beyond. She was a trainer, coach and trainer for Stittsville teams. She served as president of the Lanark Carleton Minor Hockey
League as well as a bantam and peewee tournament convenor for the SMHA. Other roles she filled at times were those of scheduler, timekeeper and statistician. She has always been open to giving rides to players in a pinch and coming up with a mouth guard or neck guard for a player at a game who may have forgotten the equipment. But in all of her roles, Joan has always had one guiding principle: to provide the best opportunities possible for youth in hockey in the community. A tireless advocate for the players, she worked to ensure that young hockey players got on the ice as much as possible so that they could play the game that they love. In this, she is on the same page as Rory Bradley who had a great love of the game himself and who always emphasized team sportsmanship above all else. And how did Joan feel about being announced as the inaugural recipient of the Rory Bradley Volunteer of the Year Award at the SMHA’s annual general meeting last Sunday? “This is the greatest honour I could ever have been awarded,”
she said after embracing with Carolyn Bradley, Rory’s wife, and wiping away some tears of joy from her eyes. She told those at the annual general meeting that while it is difficult to attract volunteers to organizations like SMHA these days, it is volunteers that make such organizations meaningful and worthwhile. She recounted how she is so proud of her son, now 26, who played with the SMHA and is now a volunteer running a ball hockey league. She urged all those involved in the SMHA to pass on their love of volunteering to others. She herself is wrapping up her final year of volunteering with the SMHA as her youngest son has now finished with the program. And indeed he finished with a bang, winning the Lanark Carleton Minor Hockey League juvenile championship this season. Joan Savoie was one of 13 people nominated for the first-ever Rory Bradley Volunteer of the Year Award, all of whom had tremendous volunteer credentials with the SMHA. “It is people like you who make this Association,” SMHA website coordinator and roving reporter Lynda Partner said
when announcing those nominated for the award. These others nominated were Glenn Austin, vice-president of operations; coach Scott Bradley; Mike Clarkson, director of hockey development; coach Jeff Covell; coach and convenor Bob Lawrence; co-managers Fiona Livingstone and Tom Stephens; secretary and convenor Charlene McEnery; Lynda Partner, vice-president of support ser-
vices; coach Don Pike; coach and convenor Mark Saucier; and coach Rob Stone. Besides the presentation of the inaugural Rory Bradley Volunteer of the Year Award, the SMHA annual general meeting also featured the presentation of framed Stittsville Redmen white and red jersey bearing the number 21 worn by Rory Bradley when he played for the Redmen to his wife Carolyn.
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Lynda Partner, right, the Stittsville Minor Hockey Association’s roving reporter who MC’d the SMHA annual general meeting on Sunday, April 17, presents the Rory Bradley Volunteer of the Year Award plaque and keeper trophy to inaugural recipient Joan Savoie, centre, as Carolyn Bradley, left, looks on.
Stittsville News - APRIL 21, 2011
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City of Ottawa Councillor Reports By Shad Qadri, Councillor Ward Six Stittsville City of Ottawa
OC TRanspo Route Optimization
The Recommended Network Optimization Plan report was released on April 13, 2011. It is now posted on octranspo.com and ottawa.ca. The Recommended Network Optimization Plan supports the 2011 Budget and direction laid out in the 2011 OC Transpo Business Plan, which was approved by Council on the 13th, and will help create a more direct, reliable, and efficient transit system for our customers. These changes are necessary to keep fares and taxes down and to create a transit system that is sustainable for the long term. A series of Network Optimization proposals were tabled on March 23rd as the starting point of a discussion with residents, transit customers, Councillors and key stakeholders. All were very engaged in the public consultation process on the proposals; OC Transpo received over 6,500 comments over an intensive two-week period through City-wide open houses, online feedback opportunities and councillor input. The Recommended Network Optimization Plan is a significantly revised version of the original proposals based on the results of these public consultations. More than two-thirds of the proposals have been improved based on feedback and concerns heard across the city. Starting in September, Express Route 262 will have an additional trip added to it both in the morning and in the evening. Route 163, will go through a metamorphosis in its route and operations. The 163 will no longer travel down Beverly Street, instead it will travel down West Ridge Drive southbound to Stittsville Main Street. Turning onto Main Street northbound, it will travel westbound on Fernbank Road for its return trip. We will be starting this service earlier in the morning, while offering less trips off peak hours. The recommendation is that trips on Route 96 from Stittsville to downtown in the morning peak period bypass Terry Fox Station and that trips from downtown to Stittsville in the afternoon peak period bypass Terry Fox Station. Trips from Stittsville operate approximately every 30 minutes. In the busiest part of the morning, trips from Terry Fox operate approximately every 4 to 5 minutes. There is no change to westbound morning service or eastbound afternoon service, and no change to service outside peak periods. Thanks, Rotary club of Stittsville!!! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Rotary Club Members who volunteered their time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, informing the community about the “Iron Lung” and the importance of the eradication of Polio worldwide. The Iron lung was used as a survival tool for people with Polio. Some people spent almost all of their lives living in the Iron Lung Chamber. This weekend’s event held at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex was a fund raiser to eradicate polio worldwide. A ten cent donation helps in providing vaccination to save one child in the world. Thanks to Rotary Clubs from around the world Polio is now a disease that remains prevalent in only four countries, namely India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Last year Syria and Liberia overcame their fight against Polio. Thanks to the efforts of Brad Spriggs and Leo Maiorino who travelled to Toronto to transport the Iron lung to GRC, for visitors to see. With your generosity the Club raised over $1605. One anonymous family donated $1000. Your generosity is very much appreciated. “With the money raised over 160,562 children will now receive the vaccine - I would estimate that is more than the number of kids in greater Ottawa under the age of 5 - the age that is targetted. Our little village has again looked after the “big city”, Said Brad Spriggs. City seeking public feedback on digital billboard signs The City wants to know what you think about permitting digital billboard signs in your community. The sign industry has approached the City to consider permitting digital technology to replace the applied paper posters on billboard signs. Digital signs are not currently permitted under the By-law that regulates signs on private property, By-law Number 2005-439. To have your say: • Review the discussion paper, see the photo example of a typical billboard and the video clip of a digital billboard, and complete the questionnaire posted on ottawa.ca/digitalbillboards; • Call 3-1-1 to receive your package by mail or e-mail; or • Pick up the information package at one of the City’s Client Service Centres where you can complete and drop-off the questionnaire. This matter will be considered at a future meeting of the City’s Planning Committee. For more information, please contact 3-1-1 or visit ottawa.ca/ digitalbillboards. We have a digital sign located on east side of Carp Road south of 417, if you would like to see and make your comments. Easter schedule changes The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Friday, April 22 (Good Friday), and Monday, April 25 (Easter Monday). Client services: • Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centres located at 110 Laurier Avenue West and 580 Terry Fox Drive, will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, April 26. • The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, April 26. • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY: 613-580-2401).
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Garbage and recycling services: • There will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 23, and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 26. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of April 25 • There will be no multi-residential recycling container collection on Good Friday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 23, and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 26. Recycling container collection will also be delayed by one day for the week of April 25. However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regular scheduled day. • The Trail Waste Facility is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday Transit services: • OC Transpo will operate a Sunday schedule on Good Friday. On Easter Monday there will be minor weekday schedule reductions and the cancellation of all school routes numbered in the 600s and supplementary school trips. Call 613-560-1000 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com. • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday with the exception of the Rideau Centre office, which will be open Easter Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. • The OCTranspo Information Centre (613-741-4390) will operate from 8a.m. to 9p.m. on Good Friday and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Easter Monday, while Customer Relations (613-842-3600) will be closed both days. Recreation services: • Many pools, fitness centres and some arenas will be open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday for public swimming, skating and fitness classes with modified schedules. Please check withottawa. ca or the facility of your choice for details. • Many registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenasare cancelled on Good Friday and Easter Monday, however, clients should check with their facilityto confirm, as some exceptions will apply. Cultural services: • Billings Estate National Historic Site – Easter at the Estate – Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $6/person, $10/pair, $16/family • Pinhey’s Point Historic Site – Easter Eggs-posé – Saturday,April 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $6/person, $10/pair, $16/family • Cumberland Village Heritage Museum – Easter Eggtivities! - Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission applies. • Arts centres, Archives, galleries, theatres and museumswill be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm as some exceptions may apply. Municipal child care services: • City-operated Child Care Centres will also be closed onGood Friday and Easter Monday. Library services: • All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. They will operate as usual on Saturday, April 23 except for the Kiosk at the Hunt Club-Riverside Community Centre, which will be closed Mayor Watson welcomes new Ottawa Convention Centre On April 12th at the new Ottawa Convention Center (OCC) ribbon cutting ceremony, Mayor Jim Watson congratulated all parties involved in bringing the new OCC from vision to fruition. “A new cornerstone of our City is complete with this architectural masterpiece,” said Mayor Watson. “We are witnessing a turning point in our city’s history. This is a momentous occasion - long anticipated and passionately pursued. It will rebrand this great capital city for generations to come.” Mayor Watson praised the team effort, leadership, passion and commitment of the many partners involved in completing the new OCC on time and under budget: Pat Kelly and the Executive Leadership Team, Jim Durrell and the Board of Directors, federal and provincial partners for their crucial investments, construction firms and many contractors, skilled trades workers and architect Richard Brisbain for his magnificent design. “I am always so proud when I walk past the Parliament Buildings, said Mayor Watson. But now I am equally proud when I see this building that will change the architectural landscape of the city and serve as a catalyst for business growth, increased tourism and revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown.” A new convention centre has long been recognized by the City and the tourism industry as necessary to better market Ottawa as a premiere destination. The old Congress Centre served the city well but Ottawa’s growth as a major G8 world capital left it unable to compete for large events. “Until today, our city has missed out on scores of opportunities to host national and international conferences and conventions,” said Mayor Watson. “I am delighted that 91 conventions are already confirmed in the OCC’s first five years, it will support more than 2,900 local jobs, contribute $205 million to the economy and bring more than 70,000 delegates to invest in local hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.” The City of Ottawa invested $40 million in the project because of its important role in improving the prosperity of the City and delivering economic and tourism growth for generations to come.
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FLINGING INTO SPRING Alison Wells, left, and her son Tyler Wells look over a display at the Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Fair at St. John’s Anglican Church hall in Richmond on Saturday, April 16.
Grief workshop in Richmond SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Grief is a fact in everyone’s life. There is no escaping it in this human journey of life that everyone is on. It may strike often or it may be a rare occurrence. But everyone must face it at some point or other in life. Because grief is so commonplace and affects everyone, there are some myths and misconceptions that have grown up about grief over the years. Now, there is an opportunity to gain a better understanding of grief. It is tak-
ing the form of a workshop this Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. until noon at St. John’s Anglican Church on Fowler Street in Richmond. Ian Henderson of Bereavement Support and Education – Ottawa will be the facilitator of this workshop which is bearing the title “Dispelling Common Myths About Grief.” Everyone is most welcome to attend. The suggestion donation for attending is $10. To register for the workshop, please contact Rev. Michel Dubord of St. John’s Anglican Church at 613-838-9643. 460483
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Neil Diamond is coming to Stittsville? Well, not Neil Diamond himself, in person. But his music will be here in spades as Joey Purpura, a 36 year old impersonator, is bringing his show “Diamond in the Rough: The Neil Diamond Tribute Show” to the Lions Hall in Stittsville this Saturday, April 23, with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Advance ticket sales at $20 apiece are available by contacting Stittsville District Lions Club member Don Redtman at 613-831-1054 or by dropping into the Stittsville IDA Drug Mart at Crossing Bridge Square in Stittsville. The advance tickets represent a five dollar reduction from the tickets that will be sold at the door that evening which will go for $25 each. Some of the proceeds from the show are going to the Stittsville District Lions Club to help support its work in the community. In this two hour tribute show, Joey Purpura will deliver his first set wearing mid-seventies garb complete with the bellbottoms, huge collars and vest that were the clothing of that era. This was a time when Neil Diamond produced such hits as Sweet Caroline, Holly Holy and Song Sung Blue. For his second set of the evening, Joey will be switching into a glittery, pastel-sequined shirt with a scarf, the costume for which Neil Diamond is now best know. So, if you are a Neil Diamond fan, and so many are, this Neil Diamond tribute night is for you. You will hear such classic Neil Diamond standards
personator. But the music will be totally Neil Diamond, so the Lions Hall in Stittsville is the place to be this Saturday, April 23 to hear hit after Neil Diamond hit. What a great evening it will be!
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Stittsville District Lions Club member Gord MacIsaac, up the ladder, adjusts a letter on the Club’s sign advertising the upcoming Neil Diamond Tribute Show at the Lions Hall on Stittsville Main Street in Stittsville as fellow Lions Club member Don Redtman, left, steadies the ladder. The Lions Club will be receiving a portion of the proceeds from the show for its community work.
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Heritage Advocacy Award presented JOHN CURRY email@example.com
WEST CARLETON ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP #2 Waste Management of Canada Corporation (WM) has recently held two rounds of Public Open House events, as well as a Workshop to discuss the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed landďŹ ll footprint and other ancillary facilities to be located at the West Carleton Environmental Centre (WCEC). As a follow up to these public consultation events we will be hosting a second Workshop for stakeholders to discuss this proposed project in greater detail. The workshop is scheduled to take place as follows:
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 Kanata Recreation Complex 100 Walter Baker, Kanata, ON 7:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The WCEC Workshop #2 is designed to provide an additional avenue for consultation with local residents, businesses, agencies and interested stakeholders. This Workshop will be interactive and will offer an opportunity for participants to discuss the comparative evaluation methodology and provide input on the relative importance of evaluation criteria. To register, please contact Cathy Smithe at (613) 836-8610 by April 25, 2011 For further information, please visit our website http://wcec.wm.com
The Goulbourn Museum has said â€œthank youâ€? to its volunteers and supporters. It happened at an evening of appreciation event which was held at the Museum at Stanleyâ€™s Corners just south of Stittsville on Thursday, April 14, the first of what is planned to be an annual happening to recognize formally the contributions of the Museumâ€™s volunteers, donors and members. Highlight of the evening was the inaugural presentation of the Museumâ€™s Heritage Advocacy Award recognizing those who have made an outstanding contribution in support of the Goulbourn Museum. The inaugural recipient of this Heritage Advocacy Award was Pat Roberts who has carried on the Robertsâ€™ family legacy of support for the Goulbourn Museum. Her late husband Barry was a longtime and avid supporter and volunteer with the Goulbourn Museum as well as being one of the areaâ€™s foremost historians. His book â€œFor King and Canadaâ€? which tells the story of the 100th Regiment of Foot during the War of 1812, many of whom elected to become the first settlers of Goulbourn township. Mrs. Roberts has contributed her late husbandâ€™s files about the 100th Regiment as well as his files about Goulbournâ€™s early settlers and the early industries in Ashton to the Goulbourn Museum. In ad-
dition, she has donated her late husbandâ€™s book collection to the Museum. In her remarks after being presented with the Heritage Advocacy Award, Mrs. Roberts acknowledged that her late husband Barry was the one, not her, who did all of the work regarding Goulbournâ€™s history. â€œThis is where it belongs,â€? she said with regard to Barryâ€™s files and other information. Besides the presentation of the Heritage Advocacy Award to Pat Roberts, the evening of appreciation also saw the unveiling of a contributorsâ€™ list, noting all of the individuals and organizations who volunteered time and expertise, donated or loaned artefacts and materials or contributed funding to the Goulbourn Museum in 2010. There are closed to 100 names on this list, including the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Diefenbunker at Carp, the Richmond Agricultural Society, the Richmond Village Association, the Stittsville Village Association and various individuals. The evening of appreciation also marked the launch of the â€œPreserving Our Pastâ€? conservation project of the Ottawa Museum Network at the Goulbourn Museum. This project arose out of the work of a conservator hired by the Ottawa Museum Network to assess the collections of the various Network members, including the Goulbourn Museum. The work included treating some of the artefacts so that they can now be displayed in a museum.
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Linda Preston, left, vice-chair of the Goulbourn Museum Board of Directors, presents the new Heritage Advocacy Award recognizing those who have made an outstanding contribution in support of the Goulbourn Museum to its first recipient, Pat Roberts, right, at the evening of appreciation which was held for the Museum’s volunteers, donors and members on Thursday, April 14 at the Museum at Stanley’s Corners.
Munster Union Cemetery AGM SPECIAL TO THE NEWS The annual meeting of the Munster Union Cemetery will be held on Tuesday, May 3 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Munster United Church in Munster.
Never sacriﬁcing fashion for value, Bouclair Home personiﬁes style By: Caroline George The idea of ﬁnding fashionable and attractive home furniture at affordable prices may seem daunting, but at BouClair Home it is possible. “When you come into our store you’ll be able to get great home decor, great accessories and great colours for value pricing,” said media coordinator MarieEmanuelle Khoury. On March 9, BouClair Home opened its newest, 8000 square foot store located at 5597 Hazeldean Road in Kanata. “We have been very welcomed and the feedback from our customers since the store has opened has been very positive,” said Khoury of the company`s eighth BouClair Home store to open in the Ottawa area. In business for over 40 years, the Montreal-based company has been offering stylish home decor for the past six years from bedding to home accent pieces including ottomans, lamps and wall art at prices that suit even the most budget conscious. “You can pull a room together without breaking the bank,” said Khoury. All pieces are exclusive to Bouclair which, adds Khoury customers love because it offers a unique shopping
experience. “The way that our decor is coordinated and arranged around the store is great for a customer that maybe needs a little help for inspiration or another customer that doesn’t have time to shop for hours on end,” says Khoury who notes customer appreciation extends to the helpful customer service offered by the store’s staff. “We have had great success and are very happy with our staff,” said Khoury which is a feeling store manager Jessica Roche echoes. Jessica (Manager), Samantha (Assist.Manager), Jennifer and Erin of the Kanata
“Being able to grow with the store are looking forward to welcoming you. company as it`s growing itself “The combination of fashion and value is something has been my favourite experience,” that is very unique to us because you can’t ﬁnd that in said Roche who has been with BouClair Home for ﬁve other stores.” years. What makes us different says Khoury is that we stand behind fashion and value while making home decorating simple.
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Stittsville News - APRIL 21, 2011
the ULTIMATE Summer Fun & Camp Guide Summer 2011
Stittsville News - APRIL 21, 2011
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By Matt Barr of Camps Canada
Summer is a great time for kids. They need to get away from the everyday stress of school as much as adults need to get away from their full time jobs. What better way to help kids relax and enjoy their time off than to send them to summer camp? (By the way, this gives parents a nice break too.)
Your child’s interests What does your child like to do? Children know what they like and don’t like. Ask them for their input. If your child is active and loves to play sports, a sports camp is probably right for him or her. If your child is creative, then choose a camp that offers arts and crafts. Camp choices are as varied as children themselves. Choose a camp with the specific focus geared toward your child. Day Camp versus Overnight Camp Depending on the age, maturity and independence of your child, he or she may or may not be ready for an overnight camp. Some overnight camps accept children as young as six years old. Only you
Before you make a camp decision for your child, there are a lot of factors to consider. You will want to do your homework before you drop your child off for the day to be cared for by people you hardly know. It’s not easy. There are so many camps to consider and they come in all shapes and sizes. There are day camps, overnight camps, golf camps, horseback riding camps and science camps to name a few. Here are some general considerations:
can decide when the time is right. Convenient Location: Location is important because you will have to drop off and pick up your child every day. You’ll want to consider your drive time and also keep in mind the hours of the camp. Cost: Of course, the cost is something to consider. The cost of camp should reflect the service provided. When comparing camps by price make sure that you are comparing apples to apples. Some camps include lunches, while others include snacks, t-shirts, hats, extended hours and off site field trips. Price alone, can be misleading. I’ve always believed, “You get what you pay for”. Research: With pencil in hand, contact the camps you are considering and ask some specific questions. Not all camps are created equal, so ask the same questions to each camp director and compare their answers. You need to feel comfortable with their answers before you make your choice. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are a few questions to get you started:
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1. Who do you hire as counselors? Are they experienced? How old are they? Are they certified in CPR and First Aid? Have they undergone a criminal record check? continued on page 18
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offer a guarantee? What is your cancellation policy?
2. What are your hours for the camp program? for pre and post camp care? Is there an additional cost for extended hours?
9. Where can I find more information about your camp? Do you have a web-site? Can I register online? Can I pay by credit card? The best way to determine if a particular camp is right for you is to ask a lot of questions. Camp directors are used to answering questions about every detail of camp. If you donâ€™t get the answers you are looking for, keep searching. You need to feel good about your decision. After all, you want your child to have an awesome camp experience that will forge memories to last a lifetime. Matt Barr is the owner of Camps Canada, a summer camp based in Ottawa, Ontario. As a voice for Canadian Camp Owners and Camp Directors, Matt is a frequent guest on radio and television programs across the country discussing the latest trends and issues in summer camps. He can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. What is the ratio of campers to counselors? Ratios of 8:1 are common. A maximum of 10:1 is probably the maximum ratio you would want. 4. Are snacks or a lunch provided? Is the lunch program optional or mandatory? 5. What do you do on rainy days? Are your facilities air-conditioned? 6. Do the children swim every day? What are your rules for supervision at the pool? Is there a wading pool for young campers? 7. Can you provide a list of references or testimonials? Word of mouth is the best reference. Ask around and find out where other parents are sending their children. 8. What if my child doesnâ€™t like the camp? Do you
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Youth get a kick out of soccer coast to coast per cent) and to learn teamwork (70 per cent). “Supporting youth soccer at the grassroots level is a priority for us at BMO,” said Sandy Bourne, vice– president of advertising, sponsorship, events and merchandising with BMO Financial Group. “We work to make soccer more accessible through our sponsorship of local soccer clubs, and continue to support youth players through BMO Team of the Week, a new contest that recognizes teams for their achievements both on and off the field.” The nationwidecontest runs from April to August and is open to all youth soccer teams with players aged 7 to 12. The grand prize includes $125,000 for a soccer field refurbishment, and a road trip to a Toronto FC or Vancouver Whitecaps FC home game. Teams will be rewarded not only for on–the–field accomplishments, but also for spirit, passion for the game, and community efforts. www.newscanada.com
(NC)—One million players, some three million followers, plus a burgeoning professional scene, make soccer one of the fastest growing sports in Canada. Across the country, we now have more than 840,000 registered players (and many more unregistered), as well as 1,500 youth clubs and about 46,000 teams enrolled with the Canadian Soccer Association. With more participants than any other sport, soccer is perhaps one of the most accessible sports around – all you really need is a ball and a flat surface. The majority of those playing “the beautiful game” in Canada are youth, whether involved recreationally or competitively through house leagues and rep teams. A recent BMO poll found that one–third of Canadian parents have their children enrolled in soccer, more than double that of parents who have their children in hockey, or in baseball, basketball and swimming combined. The top three reasons parent cited for getting their children on the field were to have fun (86 per cent), for the health benefits of physical exercise (76
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These camps are intended in a fun and dynamic setting. The focus on these camps will be on: 1 the 5 essential strokes of the game 2 the rules 3 point scoring 4 sportsmanship and to have fun playing tennis. Each camp will conclude with a BBQ or a pizza party on the last day (Friday) from 11:30 am for the Mini-stars and Bigshots and 3-3:30 pm for the Future Stars and Teens.
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