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The Ottawa Citizen, Friday, February 5, 1993 E5 70 In Memoriam Continued from previous page SHEPPARD In loving memory of our brother and son, John. He would have been 32 today. To one we will never forget, Mis absence to us is a sorrow, His loss we will always regret. Loving you always, your sisters and parents, Jack and Lois. TYERS In loving memory of a dear wife and mother, Margaret, who passed away February 4, 1990. Little tribute, small and tender Just to say we still remember. With love Peter, sons Peter and David. WADE Frank. It's been 15 years, Dad, You're always in my heart and thoughts. Love, Carol. HOW TO PLAY: All the words listed below appear in the puzzle horizontally, vertically, diagonally, even backward. Find them and CIRCLE THEIK UT1EKS THE WORD. 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Yesterday's Answer: Fantastic mi P IVIUBIBlSjUIg Warehouse Direct CORRECTION NOTICE Our advertisement in the Thursday, February 4th edition of the Ottawa Citizen contained a pricing error: The Compaq Contura 320 Notebook PC should have been priced at $1 ,899 and not $298 as stated. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our valued customers. It might only be a size 6X, but it helps solve a big problem The Snowsuit fund provides snowsuits and winter outerwear to needy children in the Ottawa-Carleton region - over 17,000 this year alone. But we can't do it without your support. Please contribute when you see our donation boxes at any Canadian Tire, Bank of Montreal, Loeb and most shopping malls and pharmacies in the region. Or send your tax deductible donation directly to the Snowsuit Depot along with the coupon in this ad. If you have used winter clothing you would like to donate, call Brown's Cleaners at 235-51 81 for pick up, or you can drop it off at any Brown's location. Please accept my tax deductible donation Amount Enclosed: Name: Address (Street): . (City) . (Prov.) Visa O Mastercard Card Expiry Signature: Please mail to: The Snowsuit Fund, 280 Bay Street, Ottawa K1R 5Z6 TheVLe Snowsuit :'V Fonds Fund Snowsuit Share Your Warmth With a Child ALL CORRECTIONS To Sears flyer distributed this week as follows: PageA16-The floral rug . second from left on top row is a "Camilla Floral" pattern and is not on sale at 20-30 OFF. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Drinking and Driving. It's criminal. Period. mYti)- By JO OUELLET ONLY. UU SSUl ClKCLfc spell the Wonderword. Solution: 8 Letters Push; Head, Hon; seal, to The Snowsuit Fund. . (Postal Code) American Express Date: YOU WANT US TO BE QJ THE OTTAWA tizen Citylife Up, yp By Dennis Foley Citizen staff writer In Adrian Brooks's opinion, reports of a UFO in the West Carle-ton area are full of hot air. Brooks says UFO experts who saw a videotape of an unidentified object landing near Almonte on Aug. 18, 1991 were probably hoodwinked by footage of a hot-air balloon much like his own. The dramatic video was the lead item on the American television program Unsolved Mysteries, shown Wednesday night on NBC. It was to air tonight on CJOH. Many area residents said they saw the UFO. The tape of the unidentified object became part of the program after it was sent anonymously to UFO investigator Bob Oechsler of Maryland. Included with it were The play's the thing Fourth-graders solve dispute by putting their By Angela Mangiacasale Citizen educatbn writer It's a typical winter scene at a school: one group of students spends hours building a snow fort only to have another group destroy it in minutes. At Ramsayville Public School, the conflict wasn't resolved by the teachers or the principal, but by the students. The Grade 4 group that built the fort thought about how the dispute could be solved. Then they put their ideas into a play and presented it to the rest of the students Thursday. OMB slaps By Ron Eade Citizen city hali bureau Provincial tax assessors in Ottawa have been sternly rebuked by the Ontario Municipal Board for what amounts to harassing a property owner since 1988. In an unusual seven-page decision, board member Julie Gagnon-Gravelle ordered the City of Ottawa, the region and school boards to refund $12 million to the taxpayer. The rebate represents overpayments between 1988 and 1991 that were based on an inflated assessment for a highrise apartment building at 641 Bathgate Dr. The provincial tax officials pegged assessment for tax purposes at $2.1 million. The board said it should have been $1.4 million. But the battle isn't over yet. Provincial tax assessors in Ottawa are now seeking a judicial review of the decision, which could drag the matter out for months. No 3- m w r-- v, U , V - f .- . ---."; "" "0 v . - ; i i - t ' and away in a UFO? documents alleging that the Department of National Defence was involved. There was also a crude map, which led Oechsler to the farm of William and Diane Labenek on Corkery Road. Diane Labenek, 38, told Unsolved Mysteries she spotted flames in a field near her home. "I saw a ship coming down close to the flames," she recounted. "Right on top of the ship, I saw a blue flash of light and another light was on the bottom . . . very bright." Labenek said she watched the craft for about 10 minutes. Then all its lights went out. The video was examined by a number of experts who agreed it was too realistic to be a hoax. Program host Robert Stack described it as being "among the most convincing documentations of a UFO It's part of the Gloucester area school's philosophy to involve students as much as possible in the decisions that affect them, says principal Carolyn Crippen. And the school's success has been recognized by an international group of educators devoted to encouraging this type of approach, known as "invitational education." The Alliance for Invitational Education, which includes educators from 12 countries, names to its honor roll every year schools that foster co-operation and treat children and adults as able, valuable and responsible. Schools must apply for the 'pernicious' refund will be paid until the matter is finally settled, said city lawyer Jerald Bellomo. Property assessments are done by provincial tax officers on behalf of local municipalities. In this case the property owner, a numbered company with headquarters in Winnipeg, successfully appealed the assessment for 1987. The assessment office did not appeal the 1987 rollback. But the owner had to continue filing appeals for 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991, because the provincial assessment office refused to lower its assessment for the property. Another appeal for 1992 taxes has not been resolved. Lawyer Bill Burrows, representing the landlord, said it's unfair for the assessment office to force a private landowner to fight year after year for a reduced assessment that was supposed to have been decided. "In the board's opinion, the matter at hand not only represents a 'pernicious' practice and one that 'ought to be stopped,' but one that constitutes a violation of the principles of natural justice and fairness," Gagnon-Gravelle said in her decision. Winter's beauties are undeniable even when the pipes are frozen w 'atching from another planet, you could plot a wide corridor from the Outaouais to the North Pole without spotting a sign of human life. This wintry week, that corridor seems very short. This is a time when singing praises to the Canadian winter is challenging. You may think the Outaouais is little different from salubrious Ottawa, but it is. Just look at the garden catalogues where the growing zones change sharply down the Ottawa River. Whatever the horticulturalists say, we are convinced that Ottawa is complacently growing rhododendrons while we question survival of our arctic moss. We suspect that the Outaouais holds the hardy people of the National Capital Region. Even the meteorologists now seem to recognize that big cities like Ottawa are being heated by carbon monoxide and second hand cigarette smoke. Nothing sullies our deep-frozen air. Moreover, we are higher literally. When you stare from Cantley or Chelsea at the Peace Tower, the difference in elevation is greater than between Parliament Hill and Halifax. It's cold up here. We Outaouais survivors talk less about the weather than its consequences. Like how long it took to start the car this morning. (Anything less than an hour won't get you an audience.) What froze solid in the kitchen sink last night And how long it was until someone came to thaw your water lines. fWe donl generally describe the imaginative sanitary arrangements used after Oechsler has seen in his 12 years of research." But Brooks, of Blossom Drive in Ottawa, said he watched the program and was astounded when the video showed what he thinks was a balloon, rigged like his own, making a night landing. Brooks described his landing technique in last July's issue of Balloon Life. He places flashing strobe lights on the top and bottom of his balloon for night flights. He also hangs light sticks, which cast a bright green or yellow fluorescent light, in the basket to read instrument dials. Before landing, he fires a magnesium parachute flare to illuminate the ground below. Brooks does his night ballooning in the West Carleton area. He says his log book shows he made a night flight there on Aug. 18, 1991. award by having a team of teachers, parents and students answer lengthy questionnaires about school activities, policies and programs. "Invitational education means you want to come to school every day," Crippen says. "The kids don't want to miss a day. The teachers want to be here. We have very low absenteeism." The inclusive feeling is achieved through respect, co-operation and sensitivity, Crippen says. Students agree that their school is special. At another school, they, say, the fort incident might have been resolved by the principal tax grab "This is the strongest language and sternest warning to the regional assessment commissioner I have seen in 20 years," said Ottawa lawyer Bill Burrows, representing the property owner. "Virtually every time (tax assessors) lose, they continue to assess at the amount they originally assessed and carry on with the appeals. . . . The board is saying that's an abuse of process," Burrows said. Douglas Hillman, regional assessment commissioner, called it a "very unusual decision" that his office will appeal. Provincial assessors appeal fewer than five out of about 100 local assessment decisions by the municipal board each year. "We don't harass anybody. All we try to do is develop some fairness and equity in the system. If the municipal board makes a decision we feel is incorrect, we have the right to appeal as does any ratepayer." Hillman said. "It's our mandate to defend these assessments on behalf of a municipality. This one we don't agree with at all." BOB PHILLIPS THE OUTAOUAIS the second or third waterless day.) These masochistic feelings about the Outaouais winter are not helped by long memories. Some us can recall as long as a week or so ago when the rain came down in buckets and. for a fleeting moment, we began to believe all the talk about the ozone layer and the warming of the planet. We become used to almost anything except change. If our blood had not been thickened by that transitory relief from cold, we might persuade ourselves that winter is a fine and natural phenomenon. It is not. It is simply sent to try us. And yet . . . And yet . . . When we emerge from our heated fortress to look across the reassuring Gatineau Hills, we may dream of the sights and sounds of spring: the blue water washing aside the river ice, the warmth of the earth, the cacophony of the first migrating flocks of Canada geese. We walk through the woods, up to our highest point of rock, searching for tomorrow. But is today so bad? Do we want to lose the ultimate purity of the land under snow renewed even more often than humankind can pollute it? The patterns of the trees and Citizen file photo UFO or balloon: Misidentified? ideas on stage making an announcement over the public address system. "Nobody really wants to listen to the principal on the PA." says Jacqueline More, a nine-year-old Grade 4 student. "With a play, the whole school listens and it's a lot more fun." Gloucester school trustee Pam Morse, who has children attending Ramsayville, believes the school's approach engenders enthusiasm among students. "When children are involved in a solution and they have ownership of the issue, they feel it's their problem and they have to make sure the solution goes into play." Mirror, mirror shining bright, but oh so briefly Citizen staff A Russian scheme to unfold a huge plastic mirror in space to reflect sunlight onto the dark side of the Earth ended just hours after it began. Although the Canadian Space Agency has had no official word on the outcome, the Russian industrial consortium behind the project appears to consider it a success, said scientist Dr. Alan Mortimer. "It was a Model-T version of the experiment . . . (but) it did demonstrate the principle quite successfully that you could deploy and control a space-based mirror." The plan was to have the 20-metre-wide mirror carried into space and opened by the unmanned supply ship Progress make 50 orbits, while attached to and controlled by the spaceship. People in parts of night-time Europe and Russia were bathed in an arrow beam of light, which swept by at 27,000 kilometres an hour. A British newspaper reported Thursday that the mirror had disintegrated upon re-entry into the atmosphere. their shadows are special to the season. The tracks of animals are a book not half so open at other seasons. There is excitement to share with Dan the clog as he reads these marks jumps, pirouettes, dances when their meaning and promise activate his brain. There is purity also in the silence of the winter afternoon. Even the lonely cawing of the crow is like a solo instrument when the complex harmony of the orchestra is gone. There is no human babble, but perhaps the crisp notes of a young voice carried far from unselfconscious play. On good days in winter, we are not overwhelmed by nature, but content to read the deeper meanings we missed last year, and the years before. Statistically we passed the mid point of winter this Monday. Statistically, every day will now be gentler while we watch the progress of winter's decline. We know that it won't work out that way. Pipes and noses will still freeze, and cars will fail us. But there's hope. Maybe, despite the hardships, it is hope tinged with real regret. Though the price of winter seems sometimes high and its rewards not readily apparent it is a special time given to only a tiny proportion of the human race. In the Outaouais, we like winter as much as we understand it. Neither winds, nor ice. nor politics would ever make us change our lot (Bob Philips is a Cant'ey writer who is co-publisher of the West-Quebec Post and the Aylmer Bulletin.) - - t - - jji01iHi1 - "i f i

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