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Members of the cast of Fitzroyâ€™s St. Michael Schoolâ€™s â€˜The Little Mermaidâ€™ pose for promotional photos to launch the stage production planned for May 9-10. From left are King Triton played by Anthony Nephin, Ariel played by Soleil Haughton, the priest played by Colby Vick, Prince Eric played by Noah Nickerson and Sebastian played by Ella Blondin. See more photographs on Page 42.
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Fitzroy students work to destigmatize mental health issues Teens collaborating on solutionsbased book by youth for youth Jessica Cunha email@example.com
News - Students at St. Michael School in Fitzroy are working to publish a book by youth, for youth, dealing with teen mental health. The goal of Teen MINDS (Mental Illness Needs Different Solutions) is to create a collaborative book filled with anecdotes, stories and images from Canadian and American youth. â€œWe want this to impact kids all over North America,â€? said Ella Blondin, a Grade 7 student. â€œSomething that changes their lives.â€? The students hope the personal stories and solutions will help others who are
dealing with difficult situations to let them know they arenâ€™t alone. â€œEveryone goes through problems,â€? said Caitlin Clouthier, a Grade 8 student. â€œItâ€™ll definitely help people to know they arenâ€™t alone.â€? Although thereâ€™s been a local push to destigmatize youth mental health issues, it still exists. People support the cause with wrist bands and donations, but no one is really talking about their experiences. Teen MINDS wants to change that. â€œEveryone goes through it,â€? said Caitlin. â€œDonâ€™t stay quiet; it doesnâ€™t do any good to keep it all in. People care. Speak out.â€?
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The 18 youth who started Teen MINDS are holding a contest to help garner interest and awareness around the book. Youth ages 12 to 23 are invited to submit a story or image supporting youth mental health. Submissions will be published in the book and prizes will be awarded to the top five in each category. The contest closes June 22. Teen MINDS is also looking for donations to help cover the cost of publication. To submit an entry, to donate or for more information, visit teenminds.com. The group is using social media to help garner support for the cause. They hope to get more people to sign up by using Thunderclap â€“ a website that will simultaneously post a message about Teen MINDS to supportersâ€™ profiles â€“ to spread the word before the deadline
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Last year, Justin Nolanâ€™s Grade 7 class was discussing entrepreneurship and what it takes to start a business. The students talked about writing a book and started discussing ideas. The topic of youth mental health was raised and the students brainstormed more than 220 subjects under that header. Nolan stopped into a local chain bookstore to see what types of materials were available. Looking around the teen and youth section, he noticed the self-help area only filled one small cubby shelf. The same area in the adult section filled an entire wall. He purchased all the youth books and every student in the class was given one to read and had to create a review, looking at what they liked and didnâ€™t about the material. When all the notes were compared, two similarities presented themselves: the more comprehensive the solutions, the more the students enjoyed the book; and
A still from a video produced by Teen MINDS describes some of the issues facing teens. Fitzroy students are working to create a collaborative book by youth for youth dealing with mental health issues and solutions. lems. Last yearâ€™s project followed the students into Grade 8 this year. The goal is to have as many submissions as possible from youth around North America, covering as many topics and personal solutions dealing with youth mental health and
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illness as possible. â€œTheyâ€™re kids that dream big,â€? said Nolan about his students. â€œThey know itâ€™ll be successful. â€œTheir goal is to have as many youth as possible contribute to this.â€? Subjects the students came up with include: dysfunc-
tional families, abuse, eating disorders, cancer, schizophrenia, smoking, divorce, self-harm, racism, suicide, homophobia and body image issues. â€œFitting in â€“ feeling accepted and feeling like they can be who they are is really hard,â€? said Ella. â€œThat isnâ€™t right.â€? They also listed a number of positive attributes, such as: choosing your mood, being grateful, perspective, love, goal setting, resiliency and friendships. â€œThereâ€™s lots in this world today that can make teenagers feel bad about themselves,â€? said Haydn Holbrook, a Grade 8 student. â€œThe purpose of this book is to help them be resilient to all that stuff. â€œWe all certainly hope people will pick it up and read it and that itâ€™ll positively benefit their lives.â€?
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Fire at Carp arena causes $20,000 in damage Jessica Cunha firstname.lastname@example.org
News - Residents living near the Carp landfill have another chance to provide input to the company regarding its controversial proposed expansion of the site. A Waste Management community information session has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 6. The public meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the NeXT Restaurant, 6400 Hazeldean Rd. in Stittsville. Waste Management is holding the session to further explain its zoning bylaw amendment application to the City of Ottawa for the expansion of the West Carleton Environmental Centre. The company has received provincial approval for an integrated multi-purpose waste management facility at the Carp landfill site to serve the City of Ottawa and the surrounding communities. Community groups have sprung up in opposition to the expansion, saying it will bring down property values, lead to traffic problems, possibly contaminate the air and soil, and that an urban zone is no place for another landfill. Some area residents say the odours are gone and that they welcome the expansion.
News - A fire broke out in the Zamboni bay at the Erskine Johnston Area in Carp causing $20,000 in damage on Wednesday, April 16. Ottawa firefighters received a call from a monitoring agency around 4 p.m. saying there was an alarm condition
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Diefenbunker, partners earn two tourism nominations News - The Diefenbunker in Carp is one of the finalists for an Ottawa Tourism award to be given out today (April 24). If fact, the Diefenbunker was nominated twice in the Partnership of the Year category. The partnerships recognized with award nominations are Canadaâ€™s Cold War Museum linking up with One World Dialogue for a much-praised exhibition to mark International Peace Day and its joint work with the Bytown Museum and Ottawa Jail Hostel on the Haunted Walk.
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The Diefenbunker will be up against the Downtown Rideau BIAâ€™s partnership initiatives. Last yearâ€™s Partnership of the Year award was won by the City of Ottawa and the Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association for the Heritage Route signage project. The awards will be given out tonight (Thursday) at a gathering at the Ottawa Conference and Events Centre. Other awards nominations are: â€˘ New Company of the Year - National Capital Craft Beer Week Inc., Pumpkinferno and
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News â€“ Motorists are being reminded that there will be temporary road closures of Carp Road and Donald B. Munro Drive on Saturday, May 3 to accommodate the Diefenbooker Classic. The 18th annual Diefenbooker Classic Road Races are taking place that morning. Due to safety concerns for the many participants, the following roads will be temporarily closed:
Donald B. Munro Drive between Falldown Lane and Diamondview Road (9:15 to 10 a.m.) until the cyclists, runners and walkers have cleared this initial start area; Carp Road southbound between Thomas Dolan Parkway and Charlieâ€™s Lane (9:15 to 11 a.m.); Carp Road northbound and southbound between Charlieâ€™s Lane and Falldown Lane (9:15 to 11 a.m.).
Organizers are asking area residents that if they must leave home during the closure to please drive with caution. â€œThank you in advance for your co-operation and support,â€? they say. The slight and short-lived inconvenience is for a good cause, as the annual event raises funds for the Carp, Constance Bay and Fitzroy Harbour libraries in the former township of West Carleton.
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Tax talk should focus on public good it does Continued from front
“I was just fine with filing my taxes,” said Himelfarb, one-time clerk of the privy council. “I’ve had a truly privileged life. I’m the son of immigrants and this country has done much for us.” But what of those who are not grateful for government services? Those who either don’t appreciate or need programs such as welfare or the old age pension system, public education or universal health care? Himelfarb says class stratification can reach such extremes that the ultrarich believes it is entitled to all it has, that it earned its wealth (even if inherited or on the backs of educated employees). Conversely, the poor can lose all hope and believe the system is rigged. Meanwhile the middle class will resent those beneath and forgive those above. “That’s why we need to have a conversation on how we can restore the public good,” he said. “The book is really about taxes as a proxy for how we think about our obligations toward one another and our responsibilities to the public good.” The great bulk of taxes are used to pay for social programs that benefit the vast majority of Canadians, a point Himelfarb says has been lost amid the last 35 years of Thatcherism and Reaganomics that insist on decreasing taxes ad infinitum. The issue hasn’t always been as polarized between left and right. From the early to mid 20th century most progressive social programs in the U.S. and Canada were put in place by right wing administrations trying to stave off communism. Leftwingers were often libertarians suspicious of government as an instrument of tycoons and their corporations. When the generation that won the Second World War returned from Europe, both sides favoured so-
cial programs to aid the transition back to civilian life. “That’s why left and right don’t work very well. Progressives understand the state is necessary to contain the market and a strong civil society is needed to contain the state.” That’s why he talks about value for tax dollars, as do all moderates, because blind trust in the state is as foolish as blind trust in the markets. Both are capable of tyranny. LESS MEANS MORE
But what of the commonly held refrain: tax people and corporations less and business will thrive, creating more jobs and more tax revenue? Trickledown economics has been tried for the past 35 years, culminating in the 2008 economic meltdown caused by deregulation and profit concentration, Himelfarb indicated. He cited a recent bipartisan Congressional Research Service study showing tax cuts didn’t deliver on their promises. Then there are the obvious successes in social welfare nations in northern Europe where standard of living and happiness indicators far surpass the laissez-faire economies of the U.S. and Japan. “The market is not everything. Where’s the evidence that tax cuts deliver anything but suffering and pain,” he said. Suffering and pain is something tax cut advocates often point to, saying the private sector is suffering, therefore the public sector must be reduced. But most mainstream economists agree that, when in recession or near recession. there must be stimulus spending on the public side to bolster the economy; and when the economy rebounds, governments should scale back. That is exactly what the late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty eventually agreed to do. Himelfarb agrees that a large gov-
ernment presence in the economy cushions against booms and busts. Sunshine lists and union bashing among cynics contribute to a culture that denigrates the public sector. Himelfarb said the highest level public servants are paid less than counterparts in the corporate world. But that is a weak response for those who say the highest paid in both sectors are raking in too much. He added that it is untrue that public servants don’t contribute anything. To those who advocate austerity measures in the public sector, they need to explain why it is good for traffic gridlock, escalating post-secondary costs, healthcare wait lines and more to continue. “Let’s at least force our politicians to answer questions,” he said. “They are fond of asking how much a new idea is going to cost, but not what is lost when they cut taxes.” As for those who say they can’t pay any more; those on fix incomes, or among the working class: it’s always better to pool money rather than go it alone, Himelfarb indicated, and lower income citizens tend to get back more than they pay in. To others, some of whom fake hardship to mask greed: “As for the ‘If I have suffered, others should suffer,’ I would just say that’s a race to the bottom that I don’t want to be a part of.” TAX-AND-SPENDERS
Another common refrain is this-orthat candidate is ‘just another tax-and-
spend’ Liberal or New Democrat. It’s one of many catch phrases mouthed by neo-cons on talk radio and in most daily newspapers that often goes unchallenged, as if the right capitalizes off of base emotions while the left is fumbling through the rules of rational debate. Himelfarb, instead, turns it around. “Yes, they are tax-and-spenders. All politicians tax and spend. That’s what they do: tax, spend, and reallocate,” he said. “It’s not a question of those who don’t versus those who do. Even neo-conservatives tax and spend. It’s just a question on what: they tax and spend on military; progressives tax and spend on health care and social justice.” However, a recent example of a tax cut was when in 2006 newly elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper, against the advice of most economists, cut the GST from 14 to 12 per cent. It made for a nice photo opt, critics said, but also cost $14 billion a year in revenue that could have been put back into roads, bridges and other desperately needed infrastructure upgrades. “It wasn’t a surprise that he did it. He said it was going to do it. But that the opposition barely pushed back – that was the surprise. We are not just taxpayers. We are citizens who want to act in the common good.” He called it a question of taxing fairly and spending wisely. That’s the conversation he eventually wants the public to swing back toward. And, as a confessed optimist, he believes it is
happening – particularly at the municipal level, the end point for downloading cutbacks. Progressive mayors are elected in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, and Halifax. New Yorkers elected a mayor who promised to increase taxes on the city’s wealthiest citizens. Republicans are doing a rethink on where the Tea Party has led them, which is out of touch with the majority of disenfranchised voters. U.S. President Barak Obama talks a lot about equality; federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau talks about the middle class, but also about inequality; federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair would roll back corporate tax cuts and possibly increase capital gains taxes, though he vowed to freeze individual income taxes. Himelfarb thinks many 2014 municipal elections will be focused on equality issues. “I feel like there is something happening out there.” He said more and more citizens are catching on to the fallacy of the rugged individual fighting the world to satisfy his greed for material gain. Even the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, a conservative who famously said the whole is worth more than the sum of its parts, would have trouble identifying with today’s neo-conservative, Himelfarb said. “It’s not clear what they are trying to conserve,” he said. “Look, we are more than consumers and taxpayers. We are citizens figuring out what kind of future we want and are trying to build it.”
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News – Although the income tax filing deadline has been extended to May 5, the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada is encouraging people not to delay filing. “Don’t get caught and be forced to scramble if you plan to use a professional accountant,” warns CPA Canada vice-president Gabe Hayos. He explained that some firms may not be in position to accept tax returns after the original April 30 deadline. They simply won’t have the resources with staff having already made vacation plans, including booking flights, based on the earlier filing deadline, he said, adding that it is not unusual for professional accountants to want to take personal time immediately after tax season. “The best approach to have things
run smoothly is to file your tax return sooner rather than later,” Hayos notes. “It’s just easier for all involved.” He is appreciative of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for its recent actions. “The Canada Revenue Agency moved swiftly to deal with the security threat,” Hayos said. The system was back on line last week after the CRA determined it was no longer compromised by the Heartbleed bug. The CRA said around 900 Canadians’ social insurance numbers were stolen from its system over a six-hour period. The CRA has sent registered letters to those whose SINs were compromised/ Because the system was down for a week, the CRA has extended the tax filing deadline from April 30 to Monday, May 5.
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Sod turned for specialized greenhouse in Carp Brandon Gillet
News- Carp will soon be home to Ottawaâ€™s first aquatic greenhouse. Mayor Jim Watson and Coun. Eli El-Chantiry attended the buildingâ€™s soil-turning ceremony with owners and investors on April 15. The aquatic oasis facility, called Aquatopia, will hold its grand opening in July. Aquatopia is a large indoor greenhouse designed to offer year-round access to beautiful tropical horticultural displays as well as special events like luncheonâ€™s or weddings. It will feature aquatic botanical gardens complete with streams, koi ponds, landscapes with fountains, walls made entirely of plant life, and a Lotus Natural Mineral Spa. It will also offer a cafĂŠ featuring a cordon bleu chef, retail garden shops, all under a high-glass ceiling greenhouse. â€œAquatopia has been a vision of mine for a long time,â€? said creator Nicholas Bott. â€œTo create a truly spectacular space that would allow the community to completely immerse itself in the natural beauty of an aquatic greenhouse.â€? Bott has been planning construction of Aquatopia for three years now with his wife Catherine Neville. Together they own the Pond Clinic in Ottawa which will be moving from
Stafford Road West to Aquatopia upon completion. The design is inspired by the Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, Mich. With help from local entrepreneur and founder of the modern day Ottawa Senators, Bruce Firestone and his son Matthew, Bott was able to secure the land and building permits for the location in Carp just off Highway 417 at exit 155. According to Bott the location is perfect because there is lots of water in the area and it features a rural setting while still being close to the city. This is ideal considering the facility will capture a completely natural feeling setting. â€œWe wanted a space a little bit out of the city but still close enough to be convenient,â€? said Bott. With its unique features, Bott outlines the purpose of the facility is to, â€œcreate a more contemporary European-style garden centre and shopping facility within the region.â€? According to Melissa Brunet, Aquatopiaâ€™s cafe and events manager, the location will host special events like business meetings or luncheons as well as private weddings. These will be catered by their cordon bleu chef, Jimmy LaFreniere, and an award-winning floral team. â€œItâ€™s going to be so beautiful and magical,â€? said Brunet. â€œI would want to have my wedding there.â€?
Mayor Jim Watson and West CarletonMarch Coun. Eli El-Chantiry attend the soilturning ceremony for the new Aquatopia resort on April 15. The new indoor conservation destination will feature greenhouses, a private events venue, and a cafĂŠ. BRANDON GILLET/ METROLAND
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