Councillor's Cup – Jan. 31

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Winter is here in full force, which means it's time for the 8th annual hockey showdown in Capital Ward! The Councillor's Cup hockey tournament is an opportunity for teams from four neighbourhoods in the ward to face off on the ice.

Councillor's Cup Hockey Tournament

Saturday, January 31
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Glebe Community Centre/St. James Tennis Club

Councillor David Chernushenko will referee the tournament at the usual risk to his body and reputation.

The Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group has been asked to organize sales of hot chocolate and baked goods, so you may wish to keep some cash handy.

Everyone is welcome to watch. Interested players are welcome to contact the councillor's office so we can refer you to your community's team captain. We particularly encourage women to sign up. Players must be 14 or older.

Please note that we're making a few changes to the tournament format to make the Councillor's Cup more of a celebration of hockey and community, and little bit less of a cutthroat competition. We're encouraging more people to get involved, and we're instituting a "gender-balanced bench" policy, i.e. two females and two males on the ice at all times. We're also making the games a bit shorter to reduce the time commitment and risk of frostbite.

Schedule

12:30 pm Start Lace up, meet your teammates,
stare down the competition, shake hands
1 pm Game 1 Glebe Goal-Getters vs. Old Ottawa South Moose
1:20 pm Game 2 Old Ottawa East Hosers vs. Heron Park Hackers
1:40 pm Game 3 Glebe Goal-Getters vs. Old Ottawa East Hosers
2 pm Game 4 Old Ottawa South Moose vs. Heron Park Hackers
2:20 pm Game 5 Glebe Goal-Getters vs. Heron Park Hackers
2:40 pm Game 6 Old Ottawa South Moose vs. Old Ottawa East Hosers
3 pm Cup Final The two teams with most game points*
play each other for the Councillor's Cup

* win = 2 points, tie = 1, loss = 0

Rules and Regulations

  1. The format is four-on-four with no goalies.
  2. A team must have two female and two male players on the ice at all times.
  3. Games consist of two 7-minute periods, with a switch of sides at halftime.
  4. Councillor to referee each game.
  5. Each team is guaranteed three games.
  6. All players must be 14 years of age or over.
  7. All players must wear hockey helmets. Additional equipment is encouraged.
  8. No goalie equipment or goalie sticks are permitted.
  9. Penalties will be called for rule infractions. A minor penalty will result in a caution by the game official; in addition, the offending team will lose possession of the puck. A major penalty will result in the ejection of the offender(s) from the game.
  10. Raising the puck is not allowed (minor penalty).
  11. Body checking and slapshots are definitely not allowed and will result in a major penalty.
  12. Any player who abuses game officials will incur the same penalty.
  13. Should the puck leave the ice surface, the last team to touch it loses possession.
  14. Goals must be scored within approx. 3 meters of the net.
  15. In the event two teams tie in game points for second place, the team with the highest number of total goals will play for the cup.
  16. Have fun and be a good sport! Nobody remembers the highest scorer. Everybody remembers the jerk!

Public art selected for Glebe Parking Garage

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Christopher Griffin installing Blanding’s Turtles of the South March Highland, 2014, Ottawa Public Library Beaverbrook branch

City of Ottawa

Local artist Christopher Griffin has been awarded the public art commission for the Glebe Parking Garage project. The four-storey garage will be situated at 170 Second Avenue, replacing an existing outdoor parking lot. Construction is expected to be complete in October 2015.

Griffin’s winning proposal will associate each of the garage levels with one of the four waterways in the Glebe: the Rideau Canal, Dow’s Lake, Brown’s Inlet and Patterson Creek. Wildlife found nearby these bodies of water will act as the artist’s subject matter. By covering selected surfaces, such as interior support columns and walls in concrete etchings, Griffin will transform functional elements and give them new interest and meaning. Two exterior sculptures located at the north and south entrances will echo the interior columns, providing street level presence and an introduction to the interior artistic treatments.

Describing his process Griffin says: “The beauty of etched concrete occurs in its simplicity. It is a low tech technique which does not rely on anything other than light to reveal imagery through cast shadows. It projects a quiet strength and gravitas.”

The Public Art Program commissions artists’ works for display in public spaces. One percent of funds for new municipal development is allocated for public art to enhance the space and make art accessible to everyone.

The Public Art Program initiated a competition for a new work of art for the Glebe parking garage in November 2013. Thirteen proposals were received and reviewed by an Art Selection Committee. The public had an opportunity to view and comment on the five shortlisted proposals, at an open house and an online survey. The committee chose Griffin’s proposal based on evaluation criteria that included artistic excellence, experience of the artist, integration of the artwork with the building design and comments received during the public consultation process.

For more information about the new public art, visit ottawa.ca/liveculture or call 3-1-1.

City could cancel Plasco deal

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Waste-to-energy facility missed third deadline to prove it has financing

By Laura Mueller, Ottawa Community News

Plasco missed its third deadline to prove it has funding, putting its deal with the city for a waste-to-energy facility at risk.

The city’s environment committee will meet on Feb. 17 to get more information about how the company was not able to prove it had financial backers for the technology by Dec. 31, the second extension the city had granted Plasco in order to prove the facility could become a reality.

When the city signed a contract with Plasco in 2011, council hoped it would make Ottawa the first city in the world to use Plasco’s plasma gasification technology to take leftover residential garbage and use a novel plasma process to turn it into electricity.

Now, after the third deadline passed with no proof of financing, city manager Kent Kirkpatrick sent a memo to city councillors on Jan. 2 to remind them of the terms of the contract, which stipulates that council can now vote to terminate the deal if it wishes.

It also means the environment committee will receive a report on Feb. 17 detailing the results of a call for expressions of interest from companies offering other waste technologies the city could shift its focus to, Kirkpatrick wrote in the memo.

The situation might actually be a “blessing in disguise” for the city, said the newly appointed chairman of the environment committee, Capital Coun. David Chernushenko. It will give city council an opportunity to pause, review what the best options are and ensure it moves forward with the best possible option.

“What’s a nicer story than a local technology, local business, solves the world’s waste problems starting right here in Ottawa. That would be a fabulous story,” Chernushenko said. “Is it too good to be true? At this point, I’d have to say, probably. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing good in it. There might still be a silver lining.”

City officially seeking new trash alternatives, councillors warm to incineration

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Stephanie Kinsella, CFRA News

The City of Ottawa is officially on the hunt for a new type of technology that will keep residential garbage out of a landfill.

A Request for Information (RFI) was posted on Merx.ca on Monday "seeking information from potential providers of residual processing technologies (other than landfill) for the management of 109,500 tonnes post diversion residuals generated by or managed by the City...This RFI is intended to identify potential established or emerging technologies that could be used in the future to manage residual waste."

The city is now exploring options because Plasco Energy Group missed the December 31 deadline to prove it had the cash needed to build a new plant by 2016, which means the city can now get out of the deal without any penalty.

The company heats garbage at a high temperature and converts it to a form of electricity. The city and Plasco had a 20-year, $180 million deal in place, but the city would only pay for the waste that was actually converted. The company had previously been granted two other extensions.

Councillor David Chernushenko, who chairs city hall's environment committee, told CFRA's Rick Gibbons’ Homepage Plasco might have a role to play, but isn't necessarily the entire solution.

"That is also an option and that's one we will be considering, and that should be part of the debate. OK, let's randomly say (Plasco) can only take 80% of the waste they said they could? Or there is a certain kind of waste they found that was technologically hard to process. Well, what would happen if we took that out, if we went with what they can do? Where does that leave us in terms of trying to avoid ever having to find a replacement to the Trail Road (landfill)?"

Chernushenko, along with some other councillors, appear to be warming up to the idea of incineration.

"Well, they key thing is you know, this isn't your grandfather's incineration," he said. "This is modern waste-to-energy incineration. I’ve visited a plant in Sweden...they are very high tech, very efficient, very clean but very expensive to build."

City staff will present a report at the February 17 environment committee meeting on what ideas, if any, are received from other companies and the next steps in the partnership between Plasco and the city.