The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on November 2, 1989 · 31
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Thursday, November 2, 1989
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THE OTTAWA CITIZEN THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1989 C3 Local J Yam H(ol2lDgti raisy DgiD ftreaBosnonfi By Pat Bell and Mike Blanchfield Citizen staff writers ' Teenage addicts in Ottawa-Car-leton could have a treatment centre within 18 months. The Ottawa committee of the Variety Club of Ontario has agreed to lead a fundraising drive to build a centre for youths suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. Addicts are currently sent to private centres in the United States because there's no program in Ontario for those under 16. The centre was a key recommendation of Ottawa Mayor Jim Durrell's task force on drug awareness. Meanwhile the three-year-old volunteer group that's been building community support for the treatment of teen addicts could fold if it doesn't raise more money. Youth Alcohol and Drug Community Action, a local resource group which co-ordinates referrals for teens, is in deep financial trouble, said director Jo MacFad-den. The group depends entirely on donations and community support. If funds can't be found, YADCA will have to close, said MacFad-den. "We're hanging on by the skin Agency's top job open to fired worker By David Pugliese Citizen staff writer A social worker fired by the Catholic Family Service of Ottawa-Carleton would be considered for the agency's top job if she applied, says the group's president. MSeraldine Roe said Wednesday Pauline Van Lammers, who was $ven $85,000 in severance pay, is 'Jnore than welcome to apply" for the position which came open fuesday after the agency sacked is;xecutive director. "In terms of the vacancy, we won't automatically give it to Fauline," said Roe, who is president of the agency's board of directors. "There will be a selection process and we wouldn't bar anyone." Van Lammers, 56, had worked for the agency for 29 years and was assistant executive director when fired in July. She said Wednesday she really hadn't thought about seeking the job of director. "I'd have to think jfery seriously about it." I George Caldwell, a Toronto social services management consultant, was brought in to review Gatholic Family Service operations in the wake of a furor caused by the ousting of Van Lammers in July executive direc-Sot Louis Leclair. Caldwell's reDort. received bv the agency's board of directors Friday, recommended Leclair be fired. Rick McLellan, a member of the board of directors, has taken leave from his job as administrator of the Canadian Armed Forces social work program to be executive director until a replacement is found. Roe said the agency, which provides marital, family and mental health counselling, is finally on the road to recovery after months of turmoil. She said management will now have to work to rebuild staff confidence. Bill Zimmerman, executive director of the Ottawa-Carleton United Way, called the board's decision "a difficult one to make but sensible." He said the directors had the full support of the United Way which provides almost 50 per cent of the agency's funding. Caldwell's report, obtained by the Citizen, said the staff was in open revolt rejecting the leadership of Leclair and his three supervisors. Staff resentment of Leclair stemmed largely from his background as a professional administrator rather than a social worker attuned to their work. I But support group helping teens may fold if more money cannot be raised of our teeth," she said. The group's creditors "are being good to us" but the group is appealing to the public for funds. It has a $50,000 deficit, but needs $100,000 in order to continue with new activities to raise its profile. MacFadden used $50,000 of her own money to start up the group and rarely draws a salary. Four volunteers, who are putting in long hours, deserve to be paid, she said. The youth drug problem has been recognized as serious by city and provincial governments, but there is still no government money for the work being done by community groups, she said. "The increase in demand for our services by addicted youth and their parents is alarming, but the province wants all this to be totally voluntary." Meanwhile, Albert Bates, who headed Durrell's task force, has been appointed chairman of a 12-member community board to oversee planning and construction of the treatment centre. Bates is president of the Ottawa region's Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and is also a Variety Club director. Variety club spokesman Don Cruikshank said Wednesday other members of the community board have yet to be named. "There is a lot of enthusiasm in the business community to get behind this project," he said. The treatment centre is expected to accommodate 40 teenagers and cost about $2.5 million to build. Operating costs are expected to be paid by the Ontario ministries of health and social services. "We've been sending at least three kids per week to the United States and the OHIP bill is astro nomical," said MacFadden. "We're run off our feet with parents calling for help. In the last two weeks, there have been a dozen cases heading south." She said each teenager usually stays about 35 days at the Minneapolis centre. Without adequate after-care, the relapse rate is about 80 per cent, MacFadden said. She said government funding is needed not only for operating the new treatment centre, but also to provide a network of out-patient services to refer teens to the centre and then provide ongoing support after treatment. Warming up Cooler weather and threatening skies don't deter David Cur-rie, 17, who rollerskates along an open stretch of Corkstown Road in Nepean to country ski season. Wayne Cuddington, Citizen get in shape for the upcoming cross- paydo n hints at delay of transitway to Kanata Eastern leg under budget . By Doug Yonson ""Citizen staff writer The region may have to delay extension of the transitway to Kanata if that city can't decide 1'quickly where its town centre "will be, says Regional Chairman Andy Hay don. But Kanata Mayor Des Adam : -1 TT : l a. : i r: i ,diu iiciyuuii is jusi uyiug iu iiiiu ;a reason to defer transitway extensions so a downtown bus tun--nel can be built first. I," Adam said he has been pressing the region for several years jto determine the transitway Alignment through Kanata but it l is dragging its heels on the work. Haydon told a meeting of the VC Transpo commission Wednes day mat a recent decision oy iTCanata to move a proposed re gional shopping centre to the north side of the Queensway calls into question the city's ability or willingness to commit itself to a land-use plan in its city centre. The city centre boundaries, straddling the Queensway between Katimavik and Campeau Roads and Eagleson Road and Terry Fox Drive, have been known since at least 1978, when Kanata became a city. The regional shopping centre, a key factor in the routing of a transit-way, had been expected to simply be an enlarged Kanata Town Centre, which is south of the Queensway. But the city changed its official plan last month to move the proposed shopping centre and now expects the regional centre to be located on the north side of the Queensway at Terry Fox Drive. The region cannot decide which side of the Queensway to locate the transitway if such major changes are possible, Haydon said. Once the initial 31-kilometre transitway inside the greenbelt is completed about 1993, the region will be under pressure to expand it beyond the greenbelt, to Kanata on the west, Barrhaven on the south and Orleans on the east. In addition, it may want to begin work on a costly transit tunnel across the downtown core. Haydon said concept plans for Barrhaven and Orleans have firmly determined the transit-way corridors so that land along the route can be protected and proposed stations can be integrated into commercial developments. The region can't do that in Ka nata as long as it does not feel confident about that city's plans, he said. Adam, however, said the broad plans for Kanata 's commercial core have been clear since 1978. The city centre is to straddle the Queensway and the transitway should travel on the north side, he said. The decision to relocate the shopping centre simply confirms that judgment, Adam said, because it has become clear that the existing "town centre" south of the Queensway is a failure because it is hard to reach. All that would have become clear if the region had conducted its long-planned study where to locate a transit terminal in Kanata, Adam said. He said he has been pressing for it for several years. By Doug Yonson Citizen staff writer Six months early and several million dollars under budget, the eastern leg of the transitway will open for full service late this month. The extension, from Michael Street to east of Blair Road along the north side of the Queensway, is 3.8 kilometres long. Although budgeted at about $50 million, it will cost several million dollars less, said the region's transitway director, Ian Stacey. A 2.1-kilometre stretch, from Michael Street to the Gloucester Centre at Blair Road, opened in June. Since then, work has continued on the transitway station at Blair Road, a controversial $2- million pedestrian overpass from the station to office complexes on the south side of the Queens way paid by the City of Gloucester, and a 1.7-kilometre extension east of Blair Road. OC Transpo will begin using the new extension around the end of the month. It includes a bridge under Blair Road and, at the extreme east end, an overpass across the Queensway to allow eastbound buses to get on the Queensway quickly. A small station at Cyrville Road will be built next year. Stacey said the project was under budget and ahead of schedule "because of good work by all concerned." Tenders were issued quickly, contractors began work on time and no major complications were encountered. COMMUNITIES KANATA f Haydon faces residents jn bearpit session Kanata residents will have a chance Mo question Regional Chairman Andy . Haydon tonight in the first of a second Series of "bearpit" sessions. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in Kanata Council Chambers on Katima-vik Road. The meeting is the first of rseven sessions across the region to discuss regional issues with the public. Rob Dolan, a public relations officer for the region, said residents may want ,lo discuss the extension of the transit- :"Way to Kanata. Aid. Judy Hunter said ;the transitway is a major issue in Ka- - nata because it takes too long to get to - i .i t- .won on uie queensway. T Other meetings are planned at West "Carleton High School, Nov. 9; Walter -Baker Sports Centre, Nov. 15; the riDkrainian Hall on Byron Avenue, Nov. 21; Cumberland Township Hall, Nov. 23; Greely Community Centre in Os-goode, Nov. 30 and Goulbourn Town- . ship HalL Dec. 4. OTTAWA Bus-only route to be dropped OC Transpo will phase out use of a bus-only roadway in the Greenboro area of Ottawa because it no longer serves the intended purpose. A long-planned busway running west from Conroy Road will not be built, and an existing eight-year-old bus-only route between Lorry Greenberg and Cahill drives will be abandoned once the transitway is extended south to Hunt Club Road by about 1993. The transit commission agreed to the change Wednesday after hearing that regional and Ottawa planners agree the subdivision's growth has not followed the original plan. When Greenboro was planned about a decade ago, residents were expected to be heavy transit users. High-density housing was planned along the busway corridor. By incorporating the busway, extensive pathways and circuitous local roads, planners hoped to discourage the car in favor of mass transit- SERVING CITIZENS Children's Aid Society needs volunteer help The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa-Carleton is seeking volunteers to help operate its programs in the area. Society spokesman Valerie Bruneau said the organization needs 30 to 50 adult volunteers to help the children who come under its care. The society needs tutors to help children with school work, case workers to help parents, adult friends and drivers to take children to nursery school, medical appointments and family visits. Bruneau said some volunteers may have experience in social work, psychology or teaching, but no special training is needed for many positions. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can call 737-1801 for more information. VANIER E Culture society to renovate building ' The Institut Culture! et Social do -Vanier is planning $2.8-million worth if renovations to its building at 270 Z Marier Rd. " Charles Lavergne, a spokesman for I the recreation and cultural centre said - -construction is to start in April and Z will be completed by the fall of 1990. p itg organization raises money for charitable projects and provides recreation activities and a meeting place for Vanier's French-speaking residents. Lavergne said a consultant's study recommended renovations to the centre's bowling alley, offices, banquet hall and theatre so it could play a larger role in the city's francophone community. The institute will seek provincial government grants to pay part of the cost of the project It will start a public fundraising campaign in January to pay for the improvements. 1 GLOUCESTER Recreation fees raised to match costs Gloucester is planning to increase its recreation fees by five to 12.5 per cent to pay for increased costs. The Gloucester Recreation Centres Board has recommended a $1 fee for senior citizens participating in unorganized programs such as public swimming. Seniors now swim at city pools for free. Adult swim fees would increase to $1.60 from $1.50. Fees for swim clubs using city pools would increase to $36 an hour from $32 an hour, a jump of 12.5 per cent Brian Futterer, a recreation department spokesman, said the increase is needed because the city must pay 45 per cent more for water this year. Regular group fees for arenas would increase to $77 an hour from $72. Summer arena fees would increase to $57 an hour from $53. KANATA Developers to discuss plans for Bridlewood Three developers will discuss their plans for Bridlewood at a public information session Sunday. The information day is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bridlewood Community Centre, 63 Bluegrass Drive. Linda Makela, president of the Bridlewood Community Association, said Coscan, MacDonald Developments and Urbandale will discuss their plans for the neighborhood for the next two years. The Communities column is co-ordinated by reporter Dave Rogers. To let us know what's happening in your community, call him at 596-3565 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Or, you can write to Communities at the Citizen, 1101 Baxter Rd., Box 5020, Ottawa, K2C 3M4. Kent charges council shirking duty on language By Ron Eade Citizen staff writer Ottawa Aid. Darrel Kent says council "shirked" its responsibility Wednesday by not dealing forcefully with Quebecs language law when it had the chance. Council voted down Kent's motion expressing concern for Quebec's Bill 178 banning English on outdoor signs and "the denial of human rights" of Ottawa's anglophones who work and shop in Quebec. Instead, council adopted a milder version that "reaffirms our belief in a bilingual country." "I'm very disappointed," said Kent, who left council chambers to avoid voting on what he called a "motherhood" motion proposed by Marc Laviolette, the city's only francophone alderman. Aid. Michael McSweeney supported Laviolette's motion "reluctantly," but added the proper time to address Quebec language legislation was when it was proclaimed more than a year ago. ; At the previous council meeting, Kent drew national media attention by suggesting the city disband its advisory committee on official languages to protest Quebec's treatment of its anglophone minority. Wednesday, Laviolette said Kent's motion was "too negative," and that a more "positive" statement to reaffirm Ottawa's support for bilingualism would better further the cause of national unity. ; Laviolette was supported by Mayor Jim Durrell and aldermen McSweeney, Lynn Smyth, George Brown, Jamie Fisher, Diane Holmes, Nancy Smith and Mark Maloney. Voting against were aldermen Joan O'Neill, George Kelly, Tim Kehoe, Jacquelin Holzman.

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