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Kids weigh in on Ottawa’s 2046 plan




Ottawa is coming up with a new official plan — the legal document that governs how the city grows — and the kids have something to say about it.

In February, the city announced it’s aiming to make Ottawa one of North America’s most livable mid-sized cities by 2046.

The city wants to have the blueprint ready for 2021, with the goal of making Ottawa more attractive to younger workers as the city competes in a world where economic activity is concentrated in a shrinking number of large urban areas.

Kate Herron, a Grade 5 teacher at Half Moon Bay Public School, tasked her class with coming up with their own ideas for how they’d like to see their city grow.Oops…

We’re sorry, this content is not available in your location. If you believe you have received this message in error please contact us Error 21 City councillors are asking kids for ideas about Ottawa’s future. Hallie Cotnam dropped by Half Moon Bay Public School in Barrhaven and met 10-year-olds from Kate Herron’s Grade 5 class. 6:46

Lily Morin

Lily Morin said the city needs to be a bit more proactive when it comes to plastic waste, pointing out how cities in California are trying to solve the problem.

“When I go grocery shopping I see plastic bags in trees and I see coke bottles everywhere. If that’s happening now, it could get better or it could get worse,” she said. 

As an avid singer, Morin said she’s also looking forward to seeing how music has evolved by 2046.

“People won’t use as many instruments. I feel like it will be more techy,” she predicted.

Katie Roberts and Cooper Pears

Katie Roberts and Cooper Pears were part of a group that focused on what Ottawans will be doing for fun in 2046.

Roberts predicted hockey and soccer will still be staples in Ottawa, but she expects new sports to come into play, too.

“Maybe they’ll join two sports like basketball and lacrosse. That would just be an idea,” she said.

Pears thinks the players will likely be robots, although he doesn’t know if that will be an improvement.

“A robot might not be able to beat Wayne Gretzky,” he acknowledged, but on the other hand, “they’d never get injuries so they could be good.” 

Bella Czudner and Aileen Zhang

One sport there might be less of in Ottawa is golf, according to Aileen Zhang and Bella Czudner.

“We might need to destroy more golf courses to add more houses,” Zhang said.

Another housing option the group came up with would see Ottawa become a real-life version of The Shire, where homes are moved underground.

“I think it’s a good idea because then there will be more room for things up top,” Czudner said.

Caitlyn Bird, Bernice Lu and Jake Smith

Caitlyn Bird, Jake Smith and Bernice Lu worry there will be less room for kids to play.

“The houses will probably be packed together a lot more. So front yards and backyards — there won’t be as many,” Smith said.

We’ll need more houses because there will be more people working from home, the group reasoned.

“Since now we have the technology, we’re able to work at home,” Bird said.

Lu believes more people will be working in the auto industry as self-driving cars make their way to Ottawa.

Ashley Brydges, Gavin Landry and Hayyan Affan

Speaking of self-driving cars, Ashley Brydges, Hayyan Affan and Gavin Landry looked at how transportation might change in the future.

If more people are driving, Affan said Ottawa will need more room.

“There’s going to have to be bigger roads,” he said.

For sidewalks, Ottawa should consider moving walkways like the ones at airports instead of sidewalks, Landry said.

“It would go faster and be less dangerous,” Brydges agreed.

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Ottawa Book Expo 2020 – Authors, Publishers look forward to a top-notch Canadian book fair





Diversity has always been a complex issue, no matter where you look.Case in point, world-famous writer, Stephen King, has recently come under criticism for his views on diversity. The best-selling author had stated, “I would never consider diversity in matters of art, only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.” Many criticized the novelist as being out of touch and “ignorant,” but one cannot deny that King’s opinions on diversity, mirror the thoughts of a whole lot of people in the creative industry.

The Toronto Book Expo is coming back in 2020, with a multi-cultural concept that aims to include marginalized authors.  The Expo intends to celebrate literary works of diverse cultural backgrounds, and the entire literary community in Canada is expectant. Book-lovers and writers alike, are invited to three days of uninhibited literary celebration where diverse cultural works will be prioritized. At the event, authors will be allowed to share their culture with a broad audience. The audience will be there specifically to purchase multi-cultural works.

Multicultural literary expos do not come every day. In Canada, there is a noticeable lack of literary events celebrating other cultures. This leads to a significantly lower amount of cultural diversity in the industry. The Toronto Book Expo would aim at giving more recognition to these marginalized voices. Understandably, more recognizable work will be prioritized.

The Toronto Book Expo is making a statement that diversity is needed in the literary community. The statement is truly motivating, especially if you consider the fact that this could mean more culturally diverse works of literature.

There is a lot of noticeable cultural ignorance in literature. This is an issue that needs to be addressed and books are one of the best means of improving multi-cultural diversity in literature. The Toronto Book Expo is going to fully utilize books to fight ignorance in the literary industry.

Real progress cannot be made if there is a substantial amount of ignorant people in the industry. In spite of advancements made in education in recent years, there is still a considerable percentage of adults who remain unable to read and write.The Toronto Book Expo aims to bring awareness to social literacy issues such as illiteracy.

It is important to uphold high literacy levels in the community and to support those who are uneducated. A thriving society cannot be achieved if the community is not able to read their civil liberties and write down their grievances.

The major foundation of a working and dynamic society is entrenched in literature. Literature offers us an understandingof the changes being made to our community.

The event would go on for three days at three different venues. Day 1 would hold at the York University Student & Convention Centre at 15 Library Lane on March 19. Day 2 would be held at the Bram and BlumaAppel Salon Facility on the second floor of the main Toronto Reference Library near Yonge and Bloor Streets in downtown Toronto on March 21 and day 3 of the expo would take place at the internationally famous Roy Thomson Hall.

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A Week In Ottawa, ON, On A $75,300 Salary





Welcome to Money Diaries, where we’re tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We’re asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.Attention, Canadians! We’re featuring Money Diaries from across Canada on a regular basis, and we want to hear from you. Submit your Money Diary here.Today: a biologist working in government who makes $75,300 per year and spends some of her money this week on a bathing suit. Occupation: Biologist
Industry: Government
Age: 27
Location: Ottawa, ON
Salary: $75,300
Paycheque Amount (2x/month): $1,930
Gender Identity: Woman

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Ottawa doctor pens nursery rhyme to teach proper handwashing





An Ottawa doctor has turned to song to teach kids — and adults, for that matter — how to wash their hands to prevent the spread of germs.

Dr. Nisha Thampi, an infectious disease physician at CHEO, the area’s children’s hospital, created a video set to the tune of Frère Jacques and featuring the six-step handwashing method recommended by the World Health Organization.

Thampi’s 25-second rendition, which was co-authored by her daughter and Dr. Yves Longtin, an infectious disease specialist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, is featured in the December issue of The BMJ, or British Medical Journal. 

Thampi said as an infectious disease physician and a mother of two, she thinks a lot about germs at home and school.

“I was trying to find a fun way to remember the stuff,” she said. “There are six steps that have been codified by the World Health Organization, but they’re complex and hard to remember.” 

Thampi said she came up with the idea to rewrite the lyrics to the nursery rhyme on World Hand Hygiene Day in May, when she was thinking about how to help people remember the technique. 

She said studies have shown that handwashing is effective in reducing the risk of diarrhea-related illnesses and respiratory diseases. 

“So I’d say it’s one of the most important and easiest things we can do.”

The video includes such often-overlooked steps as “wash the back,” “twirl the tips around” and “thumb attack,” which pays special attention to the first digit.

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