The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on April 21, 1989 · 36
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The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · 36

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Friday, April 21, 1989
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yqOO SjaAJSAVA T838 FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 1989 C2 THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Local NEIGHBORHOODS What's happening in your neighborhood? We'd like you to let us know. Just phone the Citizen at 596-3565 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and ask for Neighborhood News. Or, you can write to Neighborhood News at the Citizen, 1101 Baxter Rd., Box 5020, Ottawa, K2C 3M4. Braemar Park Day-care centre opens A day-care centre for school children is to open in late August at Charlotte-Lemieux School on Bel-Air Drive. The Ottawa-Carleton French-Language School Board and parents of children attending the school plan to operate the day-care cen tre. Board spokesman Maryline Dion said a survey at the French-language elementary school shows many working parents need day care. She said at least 35 families are on a day-care waiting list, but there is room for only 29 children. ; The centre will provide a half -day program for four- and five-year-old children and day care for six- to nine-year-olds before and after school. ; The centre will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Dion said it will provide day care from September to June, but may remain open longer if parents require day care during the summer. It will be open on professional development days and during the Christmas holidays and March break. ; The fees are expected to be $290 a month for four- and five-year-olds and $196 a month for six- to nine-year-olds. - ' ' S v ' V - - "k -J ; ' Z i"Y r ft " ; l .u. " 'w Jl - , V : 1 ' p v' John Major, Citizen A place to sand Peter Hamelin rakes sand dumped at the Nepean Sport- .splex to make the curling rink suitable for a high school , volleyball tournament Saturday. Orleans South Builder issued restrictions ! Gloucester Council has ordered the builder of an Orleans South senior citizens' rowhouse project not to install water and sewer lines in above-ground pipes. ! Mayor Harry Allen said Michel Lamarche Enterprises plans to build 45 two-bedroom rowhouses for senior citizens at Meadowglen and Page" roads. He said the company proposed installing utility lines aoove grouna 10 reauce uie cost ot oiasting in rocky ground. Allen said the company wanted to install watermains and sanitary and storm sewers in service tunnels. But he said city engi neers opposed uie plan Decause there is little expenence in Canada with such tunnels. The mayor said the Ontario Environment Ministry would ap prove me installation, dui n is questionable now the system could be repaired if a watermain or sewer line broke. Allen said there would be less risk of damage to the buildings if we ouiiuer installed underground watermains and sewers. "The city could be liable if something went wrong after council approved the work," Allen said. "The engineers are concerned the sanitary sewers could leak. "The presence of sewage in the basements could be a health haz ard. A break in a watermain could mean major flooding damage because basement floor drains wouldn't be able to handle the wa ter." Katimavik-Hazeldean Meeting planned A public meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday to increase interest in the community's Neighborhood Watch program. Under the program, residents watch the neighborhood for suspicious activity and mark their valuables with their driver's licence or social insurance numbers to discourage break-ins. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Kanata Leisure centre on Katimavik Koad. ' Neighborhood Watch chairman Bev Gosling said residents will be told how to make their homes more secure and how to mark their valuables. Gosling said the community's Neighborhood Watch program started four years ago, but participation is low. She said residents became interested in Neighborhood Watch again after two break-ins on her street. Vanier Commercial parking lot approved Vanier Council has annrnvpH a mmmprrial narlrin it u rf" w x.a IVlll iUV Ull U1C site of the former manse of St. Margaret's Anglican Church at Montreal Road and Cody Avenue. City planning director Jim Kearns said the church will use the land for a 30-space parking lot for the five-storey Trillium Building next door. The church demolished the manse about three months ago. ' Kearns said the parking lot will be developed this spring for drivers who work in the private office building. The brick and glass building has one level of underground parking and stores at the ground level. Carlingwood Four-way stop signs approved Ottawa Council has approved four-way stop signs at Knights-bridge Road and Lockhart Avenue to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and motorists. Gerry Burtt, a spokesman for the city's transportation branch, said there isn't enough traffic to justify four-way stop signs, but residents have complained about accidents at the intersection. A city staff report to council said there were six accidents at the intersection between January 1987 and September 1988. The principal and school advisory committee of nearby Our Lady of Fatima School asked the city to install the four-way stop signs because of the increasing number of accidents, speeding, and pedestrian traffic during the past 18 months. (Dancer ratie checked a Rest complex By Nicole Baer Citizen staff writer The federal Health Department is checking into complaints of abnormally high cancer rates among employees of government research facilities just west of Ottawa. A team of outside experts will be hired to investigate the cancer incidence at Shirley's Bay, said Noella Carr.pagna, the Health Department's director of occupational and environmental health. Preliminary estimates suggest there have been about 40 cancer cases among employees in the 74 research buildings shared by the communications and defence departments. Campagna stressed Thursday the figures are imprecise and based on recollections and informal conversations at the buildings, where 900 people work. Shirley's Bay employees fear facility once was dump for chemicals, toxins It's also unclear whether the reports span a period of many years or reflect the situation among current employees. Campagna said the experts will seek authority to investigate so-far unconfirmed reports the area was the site of a wartime dump of hazardous chemicals and toxins. "People are making the assumption that there was some cyanide or mustard gas stored there," she said. Campagna also said federal radiation protection experts will test the site next week. Preliminary tests showed evidence of ionizing radiation and electrical waves that have an undetermined effect on human health, she said. "This is all very sketchy now and, if I have any advice to give, it is not to panic," she said. "There are just too many things we don't know yet." Communications Department spokesman Phil Kinsman said an advisory committee representing workers and management from both departments has been formed in response to the concerns. The Canadian Cancer Society says 96,300 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in 1988. That translates into a rate per 100,000 people of 310 men and 250 women, many times lower than the reports from Shirley's Bay. However, the Canada-wide figures cannot be directly compared to the Shirley's Bay estimates, which represent a narrow popula-. tion of working-age professionals and could span a number of years. The Health Department was first alerted in 1986, when several -Shirley's Bay employees com--' plained to their parish priest about the number of cancer cases. The priest called Health and Wei-: fare, which tested for airborne as-. bestos particles. , No cancer-causing asbestos was found and no employee was willing to identify himself, Campagna said. i The Defence Research Establishment studies effects of nuclear and chemical warfare and has an; electronics division for satellite communications. The Communica- ' tions Research Centre has a variety of divisions dealing with space technology and telecommunica-" tions. Director fires back at Ottawa for weapons show ban By Jack Aubry Citizen staff writer Ottawa Council's decision to ban future weapons shows from its properties is misguided and hypocritical, the organizer of ARMX '89 said Thursday. Wolfgang Schmidt, director of the controversial show being held at Lansdowne Park in May, said he is considering moving the conference, held every second year, to another Canadian city. He said several convention centres across Canada contacted him Thursday to offer their facilities for the 1991 conference. He would not name the cities. Schmidt, the vice-president of Defence Publications Ltd., which puts on the show, said the exhibition attracts millions of dollars to the region in tourism. About 13,000 visitors are expected to attend. He said council lacked the courtesy to give him a hearing and based its decision on a "skewed interpretation of the function of ARMX." "Banana republics" are unable to purchase weapons at the show since it is strictly an exhibition, he said. The exhibitors at the show, being held May 23 to 25, are from Canada and other NATO countries, as well as Switzerland, New Zealand, Sweden and Israel. Council approved a motion by Riverside Aid. 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