The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on October 2, 1989 · 13
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The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · 13

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Monday, October 2, 1989
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BEST AVAILABLE COPY C0MMUNITIESB3 N0TICEB0ARDB4 BUSINESSB5 SECTION 13 PAGES B1-B8 Mystery unlocked: Driver's right key starts wrong car Citizen staff Ever wish the key to your Lada would fit a Mercedes-Benz? Maybe it does. Take the case of Nepean resident Craig Anstiss, who mistook a blue Buick for a Chevrolet Monte Carlo a friend had lent him. In the dark parking lot of Kanata's Red Coach Restaurant, Anstiss got in the Buick using the Chevy's key and drove away. But when Buick owner Martin Vin-ko, also of Nepean, went to fetch his car, he knew the difference between a Chevy and a Buick. He called Ontario Provincial Police about 2 a.m. Sunday and reported the car stolen. Later that day, OPP Const. Brian McDougall received a call from an' anxious Anstiss. "He asked if we had a blue car reported stolen," said McDougall. "He knew where it was because he was the guy who had taken it. "He was concerned he was in trouble." Anstiss found out that morning he had taken the wrong car when his friend the Chevy's owner called and asked where his car was. He replied it was exactly where it was supposed to be, the parking lot of the Constance Bay Legion. But the only car in the lot was a Buick. "At that point, the little light came on," said McDougall. The cars were exchanged later in the day. No charges were laid. McDougall said his OPP detachment used to have two General Motors cruisers that had been built within months of each other that had interchangeable keys, enabling officers to pull pranks on each other. Armenian teen returns to homeland By Alana Kainz Citizen staff writer Marina Otarian said goodbye Sunday io her many new friends and the the luxuries of the west especially pizza, talk shows and shopping sprees. Even television commercials will be missed. The 19-year-old Armenian, who came "P3""5""" to Canada for reha- f bilitation after losing V quake in December, fa ,T"S j was surrounded by memoers 01 me Armenian community when she boarded a plane at Mirabel airport Sunday night. She was happy to be going home. But she was sad about Marina Mixed emotions leaving too. "I have made many good friends here that I will keep in contact with by writing," Otarian said through a translator. "But I have to go back and teach others about rehabilitation." Zohrab Malek spent a lot of time with the teenager during her six-month stay. While in Ottawa, she developed her personality, her English skills, and she developed a love of shopping, he said. During Marina's last spree, "she had $40 left and she just couldn't find anything to do with it," said Malek. So she turned to her father, Isaac, who has been with her since early July, and asked him what she should do with the money. "He said, 'I'll just take that'. He knows they may need it back home," said Malek. The president of the Armenian Cultural Association said she now must return to long shopping lineups in her homeland. "In a sense, we've spoiled her." The often-smiling teenager's new home is a trailer and she doesn't know yet whether it is accessible by wheelchair. "I'll come back," she said. "It's easier now to leave with glasnost." For a few at the airport, it wasn't goodbye, it was 'See you later". A group of six members of the Armenian community, the Royal Ottawa Hospital's rehabilitation centre and the Ki-wanis Club are planning to visit Marina's home town and other areas devastated by the earthquake. They are leaving Saturday for the week-long trip. "Treating patients here seems to be a less efficient way of treatment," said Dr. Raffi Balian, a resident at the rehabilitation centre. Matterq f fact-. Hot llnt! Five years ago, there were 40 escort services listed in the Ottawa-Hull Yellow Pages. Today, there are 120. Sourca: Tl-Direct Publication! Inc. 500 attend protest of Chinese killings By Alana Kainz Citizen staff writer As Jim Nickel joined a crowd of about 500 demonstrators in front of the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa Sunday, he had flashbacks of spring in Beijing. In the weeks leading up to the June 4 massacre, when hundreds of students were killed by Chinese troops, the 30-year-old was among a larger crowd of more than a million in Tiananmen Square. He left the square to go to the . countryside, missing the violence of that Nickel Feels bond weekend. He returned two days later to death and destruction. Five students from the small college where Nickel taught English were never seen again. He considers himself lucky. "I still feel a bond with those students in Beijing and I want to help," said Nickel, now a student at Carleton University. "Chinese students must continue to protest here on behalf of those still in China who are unable to have a voice." Officially, Sunday was a national day of celebration in China. It was 40 years ago that Mao Tse-tung declared the birth of the People's Republic in the same area where the students died. "There's nothing to celebrate," said organizer Oliver Yuan. "We're here to remind people that for 40 years intellectuals have been persecuted." Several protesters wore brown paper bags on their heads, fearing for the safety of relatives still in China. Yuan said it was important that people around the world and the government officials in the embassy remember the students killed when troops put down the democracy movement. "They have no right to celebrate the founding of China," Yuan said. "We're not in the mood to celebrate this day." Instead, he and other demonstrators carried signs urging people to remember the dead. Speakers made emotional pleas for democracy, frequently turning 1 k 1 CLOSE -UP "1 : 1 Urn. UMl: J- If , , , A 7 t Jack Schekkerman, Citizen Madeline and Hans van der Zweep want heronry protected A shrinking nesting ground Development threatens to close in on herons By Jim Robb Citizen staff writer An Ingleside couple is afraid that development of a tract of land east of Morrisburg is the beginning of the end for Eastern Ontario's largest nesting area of Great Blue Herons. Some 250 pairs of the majestic species breed in a 400 by 325 metre "heronry" in the northwest corner of the tract, near Morrisburg. They've been nesting there generally undisturbed since the early 1970s on the vacant industrial land, once owned by Du Pont Canada Inc. It is now owned by Montreal businessmen who have longterm plans for residential and industrial development. Despite assurances that the concept plan includes a 300-metre buffer zone around the heronry, Madeline van der Zweep says that isn't enough. She also says too little is known about other species of birds that share the hardwood forest with the herons. She and her husband, Hans, both avid birdwatchers, have seen red-shouldered hawks and least bitterns in the forest, as well as the herons. Both are provincially rare. "Developers are too hasty In developing property," she says. "People developing land should give maximum protection to wildlife." The yen der Zweeps say the herons i t, 1 Km Pensive demonstrators at Sunday and shouting at the St. Patrick Street building. And they sang haunting Chinese songs of mourning and stood for a moment of silence. On Thursday, a group of 50 gathered outside the embassy shouting "shame" at invited guests of a party thrown to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the and other species won't be able to tolerate intensified development with only a 300-metre buffer zone. There will simply be too much noise, traffic and disturbance. "I would hate to lose a site like that," says Joe Carreiro, a migratory birds expert with the Canadian Wildlife Service's Ontario Region. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources guidelines for heronries says 300 metres is the minimum buffer zone needed to protect them in residential areas while a buffer strip one kilometre deep is called for in industrial areas. But the guidelines are not provincial policy and private developers aren't required to adhere to them, according to Don Cuddy, regional ecologist with the ministry in Kemptville. The van der Zweeps are taking their case to Williamsburg Township Council Oct. 10 to urge a "freeze" on all development plans until an intensive environmental assessment is done. The developers, represented by consultants Proctor and Redfern Inc., are going to council that day to ask that the official plan be revised so a 200-acre plot can be rezoned for houses. Township clerk-treasurer Mike Wad-dell says council is aware of the importance of the heronry. Waddell says it could be five years before the 200 acres are built on and it could be 50 years before the bal ance of the 2,000 acres is developed. iX- ' ; , .- if - ' vi m rff 11 ine uay wi? win Never Forget -Bruno Schlumberger, Citizen gathering country. Tiananmen Square had been occupied by thousands of students and their supporters during the seven-week pro-democracy movement. On June 4 troops of the People's Army broke through barricades set up by the students. Witnesses say thousands were killed in the massacre. ARMX fires $3.5M into local economy By Mohammed Adam Citizen staff writer About $3.5 million poured into Ottawa's economy because of the much-protested ARMX '89 military weapons show, suggests a study commissioned by one of the event's organizers. The exhibition in May at Lansdowne Park led to protests from peace and church groups who said the event attracted human rights violators who use the weapons to oppress their people. The protest led to the arrest of 117 demonstrators. A spokesman for the coalition of groups says the economic benefits don't change anything. "Our opposition to ARMX is a moral one and economic arguments will not sway us," said Richard Sanders. "This report is saying, 'this is good business' but we oppose any arms sale to human rights violators regardless of whether it is good for local business." Riverside Aid. George Brown, who fought to have future exhibitions banned, said he isn't impressed with the economic argument. "I won't deny that there is some economic benefit to ARMX but so did slavery," he said. "Council knew there would be some economic losses but it voted on principle for a ban." ARMX organizer Wolfgang Schmidt said from Toronto that throwing ARMX out will harm Ottawa's ability to attract trade shows. "The City of Ottawa has made a decision to ban us from Lansdowne Park but this report shows the city and its citizens are going to be the losers. We have several invitations from other Canadian cities who are ready to welcome us and ARMX will continue to thrive." The study, by University of Guelph professor John Walsh, says ARMX is "one of the plums of Canadian trade show and convention business," with exhibitors spending about $10 million outside the Ottawa area. It says about 150 local companies ranging from haulage, catering, and contract servicing benefited directly from the exhibition. The study said one of the key advantages of the exhibition is the op-, portunity to develop business abroad. The event attracted 13,000 visitors. The study was done for Baxter Publications, one of the organizers of the exhibition. It says more than $1 billion of Canadian manufacturing business jJ directly associated with the show. Van in hurry disrespectful of procession . I DAVE BROWN f f Citizen WM staff BROWN'S BEAT People in a hurry in traffic sometimes push their way into a funeral procession. At worst, that's downright inconsiderate and in some cases, it's downright dumb. Recently the driver of a hearse timed the lights at Prince of Wales and Mea-dowlands drives perfectly. Had the hearse got through, the rest of the cars would have been cut off. As it was, the nose of the funeral vehicle was at the intersection ready to once again lead the procession. At that point, Prince of Wales narrows from four to two lanes. When the light changed and the hearse moved ahead opening room behind it a van squeezed into that space, separating the family in the limousine behind from its loved one in the vehicle ahead. After less than half a dozen blocks, the hurry truck pulled into a parking lot anc" stopped. What's dumb? The van was that of a contractor and was covered with advertising in large letters. About two dozen homeowners were in that line of cars and most saw the butt-in. Almost all had a chance to memorize the name on the truck. If any decide to have an automatic garage door installed, it won't be by that company. No more hiding Steve Gilbert says his recent call through this column asking fellow stutterers to get involved in the National Stuttering Project had few replies. "I expected that. People who stutter spend their lives avoiding and hiding. Of the replies I did get, half were in writing. Stutterers avoid telephones." The meeting will go ahead at Royal Ottawa Hospital at 505 Smyth Road, Room C, Thursday at 8 p.m. Gilbert wants it understood the first meeting is informational only, and visitors won't have to speak. One of those who will be there is Michael Smith, newly elected president of Big Brothers of Lanark County. He accepted his new role at the annual meeting in Carleton Place Sept. 19, and in his first speech as president, fell silent several times to control his stutter. I was there. At one point, he pulled out a large pile of papers and said he had planned to read them to his audience, but as people could see, that could take some time. Poking fun at his own problem brought a round of applause. "Mike is an exception," said Gilbert "He just doesn't let it slow him down and is an example to us all." More information about the project from Gilbert at 726-1934, evenings. Friends for fun For years, a quiet and successful program has been operating in Nepean, matching volunteers to mentally disabled young adults on a one-to-one basis. It's in trouble. The plan sees a series of organized group activities such as bowling, swimming and country outings. It has become something of a victim of its own success in that word spread and resulted in too many clients and too few volunteers. New friends can contact 727-6640 to join the fun. St. Pat's survivors Graduates of St. Patrick's College and High School often joke they were, by training, divided into two groups. Half went into politics and the other half went to jail. Among those who didn't go to jail are John Turner, heart surgeon Wilbert Keon and retired judge Garry Guzzo. There'll be many others at the Thanksgiving weekend reunion. It gets started with a pub party Friday evening at the high school at 1485 Heron Road. There'll be another reunion party after mass at the Confederation Room in the West Block of the Parliament Buildings. Tickets are $10 at the door. More information at 237-7075. Radio warning Somebody is playing silly games on the telephone these days and has inconvenienced several people. "He's very good at it," said one woman who fell for the line. The caller claims to be from a local radio station and in an announcer-type voice, outlines a contest. Sometimes it's a question and sometimes, as in the case of one woman caller, it was an invitation to name the tune. She did, was congratulated, and told she could pick up her prize at a radio station downtown. She fell for it, wrestled two small children into her car, struggled around for a parking spot, and rode the elevator to the station. Then she learned she was a vie- tim of somebody's idea of fun. A station spokesman said the unfunny man has been playing his game for some time, and suggests any "lucky winners" call before wasting a trip.

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