The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on May 11, 1989 · 23
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The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · 23

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Thursday, May 11, 1989
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THE OTTAWA CITIZEN THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1989 ,B3 Local BRIEFS Citizen staff writers OTTAWA-CARLETON Regional Council cuts NAC grant Regional Council Wednesday cut funding to the National Arts Centre by $40,000. The region granted the NAC $230,000 this year compared to $270,000 last year. Council followed the recommendation of its standing arts committee, which is responsible for administering the region's arts fund each year. Nepean Coun. Al Loney, a committee member, said the cut was due to a 40-per-cent increase in the the number of requests for funding to the region this year. The region dispensed 81 grants this year, totalling more than $750,000. Loney said some committee members felt the region should not be giving any money to the NAC, which is a federal institution. Council, however, rejected a motion Wednesday by Ottawa Aid. Peter Harris to cut the NAC grant by another $60,000. Harris said the region's grant makes up less than one per cent of the NAC's $35-million budget so the money would be better spent on local artists or arts groups. NAC spokesman Linda Oglov said the reduction in funding would not have a direct effect on any of its programs. OTTAWA Street may close for arms protest Ottawa police will close part of Bank Street if necessary to allow a May 22 protest against ARMX '89. Bernie Colterman, supervisor of recreation at Lansdowne Park, said the park will be fenced off for the controversial weapons show May 23-25 and protesters will not be allowed on the grounds. Colterman, Ottawa police and Riverside Aid. George Brown met Wednesday with representatives of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade to discuss the protest. Richard Sanders, spokesman for the group organizing the protest, said not enough space is being provided. Police looking for hit-run driver Ottawa police are searching for the driver of a car involved in a hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning. Insp. Jim Carroll said three people were injured when their subcompact was struck at the corner of the Albion Road and Kitchener Street by a vehicle described as a late 1970s sedan. Based on evidence collected at the scene, police believe the vehicle is a white Pontiac Ventura, Chevrolet Nova, Oldsmobile Omega or Buick Skylark. The car's right front fender and side marker light should be damaged, and its radiator may be leaking, said Carroll. There may also be traces of red paint on the car. Boy hurts foot on articulated bus A young boy was taken to hospital this morning after his foot was caught in the door of an articulated OC Transpo bus. Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario officials would not disclose his age or condition. The boy was attempting to get off the bus at the Rideau Centre around 8 a.m., an ambulance attendant said. The incident sparked several complaints to Transpo. "I called to ask why there aren't shields at the doors in the articulated buses," said Helen Fraser. A Transpo driver said the older articulated buses did not come with protective shields near the exit doors. The newer models are equipped with them, he said. "There are decals on the bus that show how to get off the steps," said Transpo spokesman Oxana Sawka. "You're told how to get off." Scaled-down plan being urged Regional Council's transportation committee is recommending a scaled-down reconstruction of part of Parkdale Avenue after residents objected Wednesday to a significant widening of the road. The section between Wellington Street and the Queensway needs to be rebuilt because the roadbed has deteriorated over the years, department engineer Rejean Chartrand told the committee. A year ago, the department suggested the road be widened to accommodate bicycle lanes, an extra traffic lane southbound near the Queensway to handle turning traffic and wider sidewalks. Residents objected. The revised project has an estimated cost of $1.8 million. If the project is approved by Regional Council in two weeks, construction will begin in the summer. 8io)Dijn C&S waste dlqpott If!? Mm By Charles Rusnell Citizen staff writer Regional Council approved another weekend for hazardous-waste collection Wednesday. But not without strong objection from an Ottawa alderman over the high cost of the program. Council approved another $500,000 for a collection to be held June 17 and 18, in a parking lot near the Woodroffe Avenue transit station. Last weekend's depot was also held there. Response to the first waste col lection was so great that hundreds of people had to be turned away. A thousand drums of waste, nearly three times more than originally estimated, were collected. The two-day collection cost the region $450,000, double what was budgeted. Paint made up more than 85 per cent of the waste and Ottawa Aid. Tim Kehoe estimated only roughly 8,000 gallons was collected. "That works out to about $56 a gallon," he said. "Now for you (councillors) who feel that's value for our money, I understand the Pentagon is hiring purchasing agents because they are running low on $600 screwdrivers." Kehoe said Environment Minister Jim Bradley told him during an informal conversation Tuesday night temporary depots were the least effective and most expensive way to collect hazardous waste. Since paint made up most of the waste, Kehoe suggested the region study having regular curb-side pickup of paint. He said more would be collected for less money. Kehoe's concern over cost was shared by Ottawa Aid. Darrel Kent and Cumberland Mayor Peter Clark. Yet his motion to stop the next collection weekend was supported only by Clark. And Kehoe was sharply criticized by several councillors for putting a pricetag on maintaining a clean environment. The region had budgeted a total of $470,000 for its entire hazard ous waste cleanup. The first: weekend was to have. cost $225,000, but instead cost. double that, leaving just $20,000 in the program's budget. Counting the $500,000 council , has set aside for the next waste collection weekend, the region" will have spent nearly $1 million: on its hazardous-waste plan. More ' funding must also be found' for : another hazardous-waste depot in : mid-October at Gloucester's: works yard on Ogilvie Road. II II Expropriation starts, but resident unmoved By Charles Rusnell Citizen staff writer Regional Council voted Wednesday to expropriate the property of an elderly couple who have already moved once because of an expropriation. But Richard Craig of 100 Billings Ave. continues to insist that he and -his wife Kathleen won't go- "I've told them that often enough but it doesn't seem to sink in," he said in an interview. "I am not going to move. It's as simple as that." The Craigs moved their house to Billings Avenue in 1955 when their Riverside Drive property was expropriated to create a park along the Rideau River. Council made its decision Wednesday without discussion or a recorded vote. - The region wants this land to; extend the southeast leg of the; transitway from Hurdman station! to Billings Bridge Shopping Cert-! tre. : Craig said he has hired a lawyer who has been instructed to resist any attempt to take his land. "We're going to fight this." Although there is no deadline for residents to leave their property, transitway construction is scheduled to begin before the end of the year. ; The region has offered Crajg: $186,000 for the land and other; claims. He has said it is worth at' least $200,000. ' Another 2.4-acre lot is to be ex-: propriated near Hunt Club Road. ; Its owner, Micmac Realty Ltd., is to be offered $1.95 million. It fXpj . i ii i .1 1 its I II si 1 MvwV . u hi . i i-vy-.t.'z,"- I Ml UK t i j virsrs-, x'lSim w ft -:. 'Lr 1 .- v 4 v;u 7 'V A singular duet A mirror helps Brian Williamson reflect on his piping as he rehearses Wednesday at the Ot tawa Civic Centre, called Dunvegan. Bruno Schlumberger. Citizen He's part of a group Spring festival blooms I Citizen staff i The Festival of Spring officially opened today at 2 p.m. The; ma-i jor event was the opening of the craft festival in the McElroy! building at Lansdowne Park. - - About 160 arts and crafts folk will offer hand-created trink-eis.; along with home-cooked foods and special craft demonstrations' by-native groups. The show runs until Sunday. -K A highlight of the show will be a totem pole, to be carved oh- the spot and donated to the city. ' Festival spokesman Joseph Anglehart couldn't estimate - how-many $5 festival passports had been sold in advance of the open-; ing. But he says thousands have been snapped up. ; tario, an open house with Richard Patten, MPP Ottawa Centre, -j Rideau Centre 1 t I Today's events: Noon to 10 p.m. - craft market Lansdowne Park 2 p.m. Festival's official opening Lansdowne Park, McElroy Building 8:30 p.m. Requiem, a jazzrock opera St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1062 Wellington Friday events: Noon to 10 p.m. Festival of Spring craft market Lansdowne Park 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Access On- 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dockside '89 second annual boat and rectea-; tion show Dow's Lake. 6 pjn. to 9 p.m. Scotty the Smiling Serpent, will emerge-from Dow's Lake to perform houWy fof children Dow's Lake. r ' 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Radid controlled boat show Dow's Lake1 ' 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cafe Arra, a 250 seat cafe with entertainment -f Spring Park 8:30 p.m. 10 p.m. Glass Tip ger in concert Spring Park : Expanded Alta Vista Parkway study irks residents By Doug Yonson Citizen staff writer Ottawa East residents are crying foul over a provincial proposal to expand a regional planning and environmental study of the proposed Alta Vista Parkway. St. George's Aid. Nancy Smith, who represents Ottawa East, said expanding the study to include the entire parkway, rather than part of it as the region has planned, could be a waste of time and money. Traffic patterns, the location of industry and other factors could change significantly by the time the second part of the parkway is to be built, she said Wednesday. The region's official plan calls for the parkway to travel north, along open space from the intersection of Walkley and Conroy roads, to the Smyth Road hospital complex and then turn west toward Riverside Drive. It would cross the Rideau River near the Lees Avenue campus of Algonquin College and link up with Nicholas Street at the Queensway. The region has scheduled a planning study of the parkway and originally proposed to only study the stretch between Riverside Drive and Walkley Road, the part that will be constructed first. The study includes an environmental assessment, both of the impact of the roadway and whether it is needed or if there are more acceptable alternatives. But the Ontario Ministry of the Environment says any environmental assessment must deal with the entire project, including the river crossing, to ensure the issues are addressed fully. Smith told the regional transportation committee Wednesday the perceived need for a river crossing could eventually change if Ottawa succeeds in dispersing industry away from the downtown core, she said. The Ottawa East Community Association has said all along it opposes the stretch of the park- Proposed txtanslon Industrial Avtnut X I JU PropoMdv'N'Alk, brldgs I Proposed Alta Visti I Parkway I f Walkley Conroy Dan Theriault, Citizen way between Riverside Drive and the Queensway because of the impact on that neighborhood and the extra load on the Queensway the link would create. Nancy Mitchell, chairman of the association's planning committee, said the community questions the need for the full study now when the river crossing is not immediately planned. Although some provincial funding is available to allow community groups to fight government proposals for environmental hearings, the association would likely have to do some fundraising if it wanted to participate properly in any hearing, she said. Transportation planning chief Louis Shallal said he is reluctant to include the river crossing in the study because it will be "a considerable number of years" before its construction will occur. Another environmental study would likely have to be done then because of the passage of time, he said. However, based on the ministry's interpretation, he recommended the committee extend the terms of the study. The committee plans to discuss the issue May 24. Robber injures LCBO worker Citizen staff An Ottawa liquor store employee was injured when he was hit over the head with a robber's handgun Wednesday night. A man entered the store on Isabella Street just after 10 p.m. while it was closing, said Ottawa police Insp. Steve Na-dori. He assaulted an employee at the door, then moved behind the counter to empty the till and was met by another employee. The two men struggled and the thief hit the employee with the handgun, opening a gash on the back of his head, Nadori said. A co-worker said this morning that the condition of the injured man, who is in his 20s, is improving, but that he'll probably have to remain in hospital for at least a few more days. Sorry, you're a little too late to buy Canada's beaver stamp Is Canada Post deliberately trying to mislead us? After seeing the beautiful blue postage stamp with the beaver on it in the post office's recent ad campaign, I tried to purchase one for my collection. I wasn't able to. My local postmaster looked into the stamp for me and he said there was no such stamp and Canada Post had no intention of having one printed. To me this is false advertising. Pictures of the stamp have been appearing in television ads and in newspapers. The Citizen carried a full page ad for it in March. I think they should either pull the ad or get busy and make the stamp. I'm told someone must have dreamed this up. Surely Canada Post must have something better to sell than a dream. L. Joynt, Smiths Falls That last line of yours is something many people believe the post office has been trying to push at us for years. But onto the topic at hand. The picture of the stamp being used in iQ3 ACTION LINE TONY COTE the ads is derived from Canada's most famous, and perhaps most valuable stamp, the Threepenny Beaver. The original was designed by Sir Sand-ford Fleming in 1851. It came about as a result of a theme developed by the then postmaster general, James Morris. Morris believed the beaver represented the people of Canada, industrious and hard-working. The stamp used in the ads was never intended to be printed for postal use. It is only used in advertising and on the corporation's literature and stamp albums. When Canada Post learned you bred dogs, you were sent one of its First Day Covers of a stamp issued last year. It was released to honor Canadian dog breeders. Cheque problem fixed Trans Canada Readers Service needs a lesson in customer relations. I signed a contract with the company in May. In return for 25 monthly payments of J20, I was to get seven magazines delivered to my door. I sent the company five postdated cheques in the fall. A month or so later, I received a notice from Trans Canada's collection department demanding my money. I sent a second series of cheques, this time by registered mail, and asked them to destroy the first set, if they ever turned up. Well, the cheques did show up and they weren't destroyed. Trans Canada cashed them. That wonderful move has cost me a lot of time, effort and money. The company now has been paid twice. To make matters worse, my subscription to one of the magazines has never started. " S. Yip, Ottawa Trans Canada says sorry. The first set of cheques didn't make it to the company's office until January. That, they say, wasn't their fault. ! It is right, of course. What was Trans Canada's fault was cashing the cheques when you had issued duplicates and instructed them to destroy the first batch. ; Trans Canada is one of those companies that is quick to jump on you wheij yoil don't pay, but a lot slower to fix things when the problem emanates from its' Side! Your account is paid until August and the subscription on the missing magazine is being started. Do you need help with a problem? If so, call Action Line at 829-9100 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday or write to Action Line at the Citizen, P.O. Box 5020, Ottawa, Ontario K2C 3M4. Please send photocopies of original documents. We cannot acknowledge receipt of letters.

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