Old Ottawa East Hosers victorious in Councillor's Cup

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The Old Ottawa East Moose, in blue, and the Old Ottawa East Hosers, in green, were the finalists in the 2017 Councillor's Cup hockey tournament, refereed by Councillor David Chernushenko, at centre. Photo by John Dance.

The Old Ottawa East Hosers triumphed in the tenth annual Councillor’s Cup on January 28.

In the final game, the Hosers crushed their archenemies, the Moose of Old Ottawa South, by a score of 8-4 after spotting the Moose a 3-0 lead after just four minutes.

The Hosers have now have won five times, once more than the Moose.

The Hosers had the skill borne of countless hours at Brantwood Park rink.


The Hosers, front from left: Natalie Saunders, Susan Redding, Mike Souillière, Kenzie Tobin. Back from left: Cindy Courtemanche, Jacob Bays, Nick Workun, Nathaniel Sneyd-Dewar and Ian White. Photo by John Dance.

Statement on the attack in Sainte-Foy

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At this time of sadness and shock, I join the thousands of Canadian elected officials and community leaders in condemning the murder and injury of fellow Canadians in Sainte-Foy.

I also join in a call to all Canadians, whether citizens, landed immigrants or recent refugees, to remember that we are a country of generous and compassionate people who seek to unite, to find commonality and to build bonds, and never to divide. 

Please know that I stand with you and with all residents of Ottawa. It is this spirit that I share the message below from our chief of police.

In friendship,


Message from Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau

Community Leaders, Colleagues and Friends,

We have had a chance to speak with some of you over the last 24 hours following the terrible tragedy in Ste-Foy, Québec.

I want you to know that we are also aware of the impact this attack has had on all of our communities locally. The members of the Ottawa Police Service are committed to your safety and security and we have increased our vigilance and presence at local religious institutions.

We continue to be in contact with all of our security partners including the RCMP and the Sûreté du Québec as their investigation continues.

These types of events affect us all and we understand that they have a profound impact on many in our diverse communities.

The Ottawa Police Service has long standing relationships with our various faith and community groups and leaders. It is with this relationship in mind that we encourage you to share this information as widely as possible with members of your respective communities. Ensuring public safety can only be done with the support of the communities we serve.

If at any time, you or a member of your community feels that there is a life-threatening emergency or crime in progress, you are strongly encouraged to call 9-1-1. For all other non-emergency crimes, or for general inquiries, you are encouraged to call 613-236-1222. Visit our website at  ottawapolice.ca for additional information about the services we offer.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to working together.

Charles Bordeleau
Chief of Police


Wildlife group worried tree cutting in Kanata will endanger animals

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Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen

A wildlife coalition in Kanata says tree-cutting by developers should be delayed until fall to lessen the danger to wild animals.

KNL Developments, a joint venture from Richcraft and Urbandale Homes, is clearing forest between Goulbourn Forced Road and Terry Fox Drive. Opponents of the work say they realize the development will go ahead, but argue Ottawa shouldn't allow it in winter.

The developers recently began cutting trees on about 175 acres.

Donna DuBreuil of the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre says the rule book — a protocol at city hall for the protection of wildlife during construction— "is not being adhered to at all."

The protocol sets out the "best practices" for clearing land before construction. In large forests with a lot of animals, it's best to cut trees in fall, Dubreuil said. She said cutting in winter destroys their homes in trees or dens, and takes away their stores of food, at a time of year when they have nowhere else to go.

"It's a very special natural area with a lot of species in there, and we're really dismayed that the city has given this permit. They could have waited until next fall. This thing has been in the works for years.

"The city's story is: Oh no, the animals just move on. Well they don't ... Where are they going to move to?"

Dubreuil said she is more upset with the city than with the developers because the city is failing in its role as a referee.

Opponents brought a petition with about 2,500 signatures to Ottawa City Hall in mid-January, asking to have it presented to Mayor Jim Watson.

A spokesman for KNL said the home builders have no intention of delaying the work.

"We've received all the permits and all the approvals necessary to do the work we are undertaking," said Jack Stirling, a consultant on the project.

"This is a group that has really quite frankly done nothing but attempt to delay this development," he said. "We really don't have much desire to listen to this group."

The developer's own consultants have said winter is a better time than fall to do the work.

He said KNL has a "very limited window" to do the tree-cutting, since it must finish by April 15. It's not allowed to work on the site in spring when birds are nesting and Blanding's turtles are coming out of hibernation.

Coun. David Chernushenko, who heads the city's environment committee, said the city's own experts feel there is no contravention of the protocol.

"Our own experts and the people who developed the protocol have assured me that there is nothing about doing it now in January that is worse than other times of year," he said.

"Everybody has know it was coming for a long time," he said.

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New student residence approved for the Glebe

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The luxury 12-storey apartment building will be located at 770 Bronson and aimed at students attending nearby Carleton University

By Haley Ritchie, Metro

A new student residence in the Glebe was universally approved at planning committee on Tuesday morning.

The luxury 12-storey apartment building will be located at 770 Bronson and aimed at students attending nearby Carleton University.

Carolyn Mackenzie, who presented to committee on behalf of Glebe Community Association and the Dow's Lake Residence Association, thanked developer Textbooks Suites for listening to the community.

She raised concerns about the number of parking spots — 17 residential spots and 21 visitor spots for 172 units — especially if the building could one day house non-students.

Mackenzie said the city's attempt at a compromise – requesting bike spaces that could be converted into more parking down the road – was appreciated and pleased residents.

"I'm raising this issue today – more as a request to the city – that we be cautious in approving variances sought by developers based on assumptions that could very easily change," she said.

Area Coun. David Chernushenko noted that the original proposal for more student housing had residents raising fears about frat parties and garbage in the early phase of the project, but said little community opposition remained.

"This is more akin to a hotel than a 'seven people stuffed into an old home not kept up by the landlord' student house stereotype," he said.
"If we can't build resident housing, with very little parking, there where can we?" he said, adding that the building is close to bike routes and transit.

Chernushenko added that projects like this will mean the city may have to consider increasing bus service on the number four bus route.
"In the end, it's a building that is a little taller than I would have liked there, but has done a lot to address the shadowing effect," he said.