The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on June 28, 1990 · 19
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The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · 19

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Thursday, June 28, 1990
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THE OTTAWA CITIZEN THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1990 B3 CityRegion l ) ! roro to u Reroute Hunt Club By Doug Yonson Qilizen regional bureau '. A group of Nepean residents is threat ening to take legal action to force the rerouting of an extension of Hunt Club Road between the Rideau River and the future Hwy. 416. However, a show of solidarity Wednesday by about 50 residents, from Trend-Arlington, Manordale and Tanglewood, failed to dissuade the region's transportation committee from finalizing the route already approved by Regional council. The route skirts those three subdivisions. The recommended route travels along Greenbelt and farm land south of Wood-field and Knoxdale Roads. The citizens' group wants the road to travel further Harmonica hurdles Five-year-old Marina displays unusual Wednesday on the harmonica during- Arms show splits Carp By Mohammed Adam Citizen staff writer Michael Tucker has a dilemma. The Carp chiropractor and business leader is facing a choice between his conscience and the economic interests of the community when it comes to the Carp Airport being the new home of the ARMX arms exhibition. "My view about the arms race was formed in the '60s and I have always iried to support disarmament causes so 1 don't particularly love the concept of ARMX," Tucker, vice-president of the West Carleton Business Association, said Wednesday. "But the airport is falling apart and this exhibition may help it become viable." . ARMX announced plans Tuesday for a J5-million building at Carp Airport to house the military equipment show, which is held every two years. The building is to be finished for the 1993 show. The next show in 1991 will be field in a hangar. Disarmament activists convinced Ottawa Council to ban the arms fair from city property after it was held at Lans-downe Park in 1989. 1 "It is a terrible dilemma for me," Tucker said. "But if I have to choose, my views on disarmament will prevail "over the local picture." Residents agonized' Wednesday over the choice of their town as the site of one of the most important arms bazaars in North America. Stan Dugdale, owner of the local pub, the Swan, said the exhibition will be good for the local economy. ROUND OTTAVA Grandmaitre running again MPP Bernard Grandmaitre will be running again for the Liberals in Otta wa East. On Wednesday, riding Liberals gave the MPP, who has represented the riding since 1984, his third acclamation. Claudette Boyer, president of the Liberal organization Grandmaitre 'or the riding, said Acclamation a September provin cial election is widely expected. Jv .... ril ! ,. ' J i ; L rA Road extension, south, skirting Nepean's Rideau Heights business park and then following Slack Road. Spokesman Leonard Levencrown said the group has identified major environmental risks along the route between Hwy. 16 and Merivale Road, where it passes a series of gasoline storage tanks. Levencrown said the presence of a heavily-travelled road slicing through the storage tanks will increase the risk of accidents involving heavy, slow-moving tank trucks. There is also the fear of gasoline spills polluting local sewers and neighborhoods. The group has asked Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley to order a full assessment of the region's preferred route. If Bradley rejects their argu :f ,111; ki - technique ance at Byward Market. The youngster huffed brothers who were offering their efforts as a a perform- and puffed to keep up with her mother and two street musician group called Mother and Child. -. u . . - 1 4 1 All business: Pub owner Stan 0 km 9 -Dan Theiiaull, Citizen "If there's going to be armies, there's got to be arms, so arms shows are a fact of life," he said. "I don't condone killing but from a business point of view, I think the show is a good idea." ARMX organizer Wolfgang Schmidt has estimated the show injects about $3.5 million into the region's economy. Rob Denis, who has lived in Carp for 14 years, is against the show coming to Carp. "I think this exhibition will be bringing the wrong kind of attention to a small quiet community. It is not right and I think we should reject it." Jane Taylor, a four-year resident, said the choice shows "the almighty dollar is bigger than the rest of us." The lack of public consultation is a particularly sore point with many residents. Some said they found out about the decision when they read it in the Citizen. "People may not be against it but RENFREW Ontario moves agency to town The Ontario Heritage Foundation will move to Renfrew, bringing 60 jobs and an annual payroll of $2 million. Culture Minister Hugh O'Neil made the announcement Wednesday. The 20-year-old foundation, an agency of the Culture and Communications Ministry now located in downtown Toronto, will move to Renfrew by the end of 1992. The move is part of Ontario's 1985 commitment to move 2,900 provincial jobs out of Toronto. Renfrew's current economic difficulties, including the loss of 600 jobs in the last 12 months due to plant closures, was one reason for picking Renfrew, said Renfrew North MP Sean Conway. The foundation operates 54 heritage properties for Ontario residents throughout the province, f Carp airport z 5 Kiruls Is LS' - Nepean Vi 0 X A (lltt8Vlll say residents ments, Levencrown said, the committee has hired lawyer Gordon Henderson to seek an injunction because of irregularities, inconsistencies and misinformation that it says litters the region's planning documents. Nepean communities have been fighting over a Hunt Club route since the early 1970s. The region's recommended route has been in the official plan since 1976. Levencrown wants the federal government to sell Experimental Farm land which is on the committee's favored route west of Woodroffe Avenue. Levencrown said the Slack Road route has few if any environmental constraints and would not directly affect neighboring communities. That comment ap- My A Pal McGrath, Cifizen Dugdale sees benefits they sure have a right to decide," said Brian Cummings. Local clergy have called a meeting for Wednesday to discuss ways to oppose ARMX. "This is not your average township issue and in this situation they should have consulted people," said resident Janice Browning. West Carleton mayor Eric Craig agreed Wednesday that West Carleton residents were not consulted. "But there was a reason for that," he said. "It was a competitive thing. There were four or five other cities competing for it. It's hard to discuss it openly and still have a chance of getting it." Craig said he is willing to attend a public meeting now on the topic although he has a prior commitment on Wednesday when West Carleton ministers plan a community meeting to protest ARMX. Ottawa-Aid. George Brown criticized the role of the Ottawa-Carleton Economic Development Corporation in helping to find a new site for ARMX, and in actively seeking to attract defence and aerospace firms in general to the region. Brown successfully led a drive that resulted in Ottawa Council banning ARMX from city property after the 1989 show at Lansdowne Park. (With files from Doug Yonson, Citizen staff) SERVING CITIZENS Mall blitz for quake relief The area branch of the Canadian Red li 5 r ; "3 1 1 V 1 iV ry inilll mwinlra)llrr,-iwil - : Association of Ottawa are setting up booths to collect funds for earthquake relief efforts in Iran. The booths will be located at the Rideau Centre, Bayshore Shopping Centre, Billings Bridge Plaza and Gloucester centre until Saturday. They will be open during regular shopping hours. Donations can also be made at the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Toronto Dominion Bank, the Royal Bank, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the National Bank. As many as 40,000 people were killed last week by an earthquake in Iran. OTTAWA Region gives up on Greenboro busway Regional council has given' up on the Greenboro busway, an innovative transit idea 10 years ago that was never fully implemented. It decided Wednesday to declare the busway between Ca-"hill Drive and Lorry Greenberg Drive as surplus land. palled spokesmen for two such communities, who say they will fight any attempt to reroute the road along Slack. "The Slack Road route is not as benign as they think," said Sholto Cole, president of Merivale Gardens Community Association, north of Slack Road. "It passes a church, an elementary school and the (Pinhey) woods, and then goes through the middle of the Experimental Farm." Pauline Meyer, a past secretary of the Glens Community Association, south of Slack Road, said she was flabbergasted to hear the group downplay the environmental impact of a Slack Road route. "I sat there with my mouth open." She said the Slack Road route would decimate the important Pinhey Forest, which is. protected by the National Capital Commission. - 4. v i S" - ... . -Bruno Schlumberger. Citizen New citizens confident in country By Elizabeth Moore Citizen staff writer Eight-year-old Laszlo Tresanski proudly clutched a red-and-white flag and summed up his feelings about being Canadian. "I feel cool," said Laszlo, one of 36 new Canadians from 17 countries who took the oSth of citizenship at a special court session Wednesday night. Laszlo left his native Hungary with his parents and an older brother five years ago. Laszlo's mother, Rozalia, said she is not really worried about the political uncertainty rippling through Canada after the death of the Meech Lake accord Saturday. Everything will sort itself out, she said after the session at Nepean City Hall. Happiness seemed to outweigh any worries about political troubles for many' of the new Canadians. "I feel great about becoming Canadian. If Quebec separates from Canada, we will be sad, but what can we do?" said Manorom Chitthavong, 21. Seven members of the Chitthavong family from Laos took their oath Wednesday night. Sriv Navaratnam, 30, said while Canada's troubles worry him, he believes they will be resolved peacefully compared to how they would be handled in his native Sri Lanka. "In Sri Lanka, we would have 3,000 dead. Here, we have a first ministers' conference," said Navaratnam, who works at Bell Northern Research. Businessman Jacques-Michel Bartura, who is from France, said he is not worried about Canada's future, but he understands why Quebec feels different. Like the English and, French who live in Europe, francophones and anglo-phones have completely different mentalities, said Bartura, 36. Nine youths also received Canada Da awards at the ceremony, which was attended by about 80 people, including local federal and municipal politicians. Cross Society and the Iranian Community OC Transpo decided last year to phase out the busway when the transit-way is extended south to Hunt Club Road, about 1993, because the area had not developed according to the original plan. The plan called for high density housing beside the busway. Regional staff recommended the bus-way be kept as a transit option for the future. But council decided it serves no purpose and should be abandoned. " JOHN IBBITSON Citizen staff LOCAL STORY Literacy worth that big step, student finds Wednesday was the last day of school at Parkway and there were hot dogs and salad and cake. The students sat around talking, joking, comparing summer plans, watching their children play. The Parkway Adult Day School is closing its doors. The Ottawa Board of Education is moving the ; program, which teaches illiterate adults to read and write, to the new--Continuing Education Centre (the old". High School of Commerce). Joyce White has mixed feelings -about the move. White is adult illiteracy co-ordinator for the board. She's glad the program is now downtown and easier for students to get to. But she worries that - something may be lost in the move. "The nurturing that takes place here will be difficult there," she says. Adults who choose to return to ...-, school to learn to read and write - usually have problems other than --just illiteracy. Progress often " depends on building self-confidence: on banishing the demons that drove;-the student from school in the first - place. Zl It's an open question whether the school's five teachers will be able to re-create in a larger setting the intimate environment that sustained Parkway. "That," observes White, "will be our challenge." Adult illiteracy is an issue we i- shake our heads over. There just shouldn't be between four and five million Canadians who can't properly read or write. Canadians were taught that universal public "TZ education had given everyone at least a basic knbwledge of English or French. It was something -Canadians boasted about. ZZ'.. But learning disabilities, parents who move too often or who don't read themselves, or that old standby "peer pressure" leave one in four . Canadians unequipped to read a : newspaper or fill out an application -form. Only two per cent of adult illiterates return to school. White wonders if that might be because we misunderstand illiteracy. "Maybe it's something that only literate, highly-skilled professionals see as a problem," she speculates.,, Most illiterate men and women -may not be bothered by what others call a handicap. They have built up what social workers love to call . "support systems" friends and relatives who help them when something has to be read or written. It simply, may not be a big deal. . "It's just a question I'm asking," White emphasizes. Illiterates might also hide their problem because of shame or fear of losing their job. . , Rod Messier is one who came . back. Messier, 40, had worked in the bush or in mines since quitting -school and didn't think lie needed to worry about reading or writing. ... Then an accident put him in a 1 wheelchair. The physical limitation made the educational limits more frustrating. He couldn't read a book or a newspaper or even a restaurant menu. "I got tired of ordering the same food all the time." Now Messier has the paper delivered to his door every day, and ;. harbors ambitions of becoming an accountant or bookkeeper. What would he tell someone who wanted to learn to read but was afraid? "I'd tell them to do it," he says, "I'd tell them to take the step." The 55 students at Parkway this year did, and they haven't looked back. CORNWALL French radio trial called a success : A 12-day trial to revive a French-Ian- guage radio station in this St. Lawrence River community was a resounding sUc- I cess, say its organizers. " ; "Public response exceeded our expec- tations," said Madelaine Germain-Ken- '. nedy, spokesman for a steering commit- ; tee seeking to bring back a local French station. 1 "We are now very optimistic that we ; will be able to go ahead with the project," she said following an on-air market test to find out whether there is support for the idea. "Everyone that heard us said it was wonderful to hear French on the local airwaves once again," she said. More than 500 local residents have paid $10 to become members of the ; group seeking to revive the station. Pledges of more than $23,000 have been collected, she said. " W

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