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July 21, 2011

High-tech gender equality in jeopardy?

Local researcher finds Canada may be falling behind in this key sector
By Michelle Zilio

In a world where the hightech sector is a key contributor to economic growth, Civic Hospital resident and Carleton University professor Lorraine Dyke has found that Canada may be falling

behind on gender equality in this critical industry. A Sprott School of Business professor, Dyke is leading a research project that is charting significantly larger numbers of women going into science, technology, and Continued on page 5

Puttering around in an electric boat

By Tony Martins

Master cabinetmaker for the House of Commons builds launch in his spare time
Westboro Beach resident Patrick Morais had grown tired of applying his woodworking skills to only home renovation projects in his off hours so this summer he built his first boat, a slow-moving launch powered by
RUNS IN THE FAMILY: For Brett and Kelly Serjeantson of Stirling Avenue (with children Jacob, 12, Julia ,10, and William, 8), the Hintonburg 5k run/walk was a family affair.. Photo by XXX

electrical components from a used golf cart. Named Aqua Therapy, the handsome craft took Morais four months to build using plywood, fiberglass cloth, and lots of walnut. When finishing touches are complete hell set out on a maiden voyage, perhaps Continued on page 6

Summer heat cant beat Hintonburg 5k

Participant Dana Mnard reports on her race experience
Sunday morning I pulled on my race clothes, scarfed down my traditional pre-race breakfast, and headed out the door. Theres absolutely no excuse for being late for a race that starts within a block of your apartment building. By 8:30 a.m., there was already a considerable crowd gathered in the Parkdale
By Dana Mnard



Since I started running in January 2007, there is one race that is written on my calendar every year without fail: the Hintonburg 5k. This years event, held Sunday, July 17, marked the fifth anniversary of the race and, like previous years, it did not disappoint.

Park near the start line. I spotted Paul Dewar, the MP for Ottawa Centre (who has also run the event every year) and Yasir Naqvi, the MPP for the area. My parents had come to cheer and brought their two dogs who enjoyed some complimentary dog treats. Continued on page 8





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Local U2 fan basks in media spotlight Island Park resident Allen Ford is such an ardent fan of the Irish rock band U2 that his enthusiasm has been captured in the mass media on two occasions lately. White (Should this be Ford? Who is White?) lined up with his two daughters for general admission access to the U2 360 show at the Montreal Hippodrome on July 8. Ford was interviewed by Montreal Gazette blogger Marc Lepage. There was the Ford family, a trio wearing wonderful matching t-shirts Bono & Edge & Larry & Adam & Imogen & Bronwyn & Dad, Lepage blogged. Dad Allen Ford, 43, of Ottawa, had made the t-shirts at home, and was taking his beautiful daughters, 12 and 9 respectively, to their second-ever concert. Ive always liked the big sound; they

were a band meant to be seen live, Ford told Lepage. Sounds corny, but theres a special meaning to getting together with this many people who are on the same wavelength. A week later at the Toronto U2 concert, Ford and his neighbour Brian Eldridge were first in line in one of the general admission queues at the Rogers Centre. A reporter from the local Global News program wondered why being first in line was so important. Fords response about the excitement of seeing the show on the rail was part of a segment broadcast that evening in Toronto. Dating back to 1987, Ford has seen U2 a total of eight times. Aside from his powerful connection to the bands sound and message, Ford holds deep admiration for the band members. As I have grown older I find myself admiring more and more the bond they have with each other, Ford explained to Kitchissippi Times. I mean, these are four Continued on page 3


Island Parks Allen Ford rocks along with U2 at a recent concert.

Kitchissippi times Continued from page 2 friends, four musicians from high school who have continued to work and create together, despite, I imagine, facing a lot of issues that break apart relationships. u Families flock to Saturday night flicks For the ninth consecutive summer, the Hintonburg Community Center (HCC), in partnership with the Hintonburg Community Association (HCA), is offering Saturday Night at the Movies. At the HCC (1064 Wellington Street West) three times each summer, locals can take advantage of free admission to newly released films with affordable perks such as fresh popcorn and beverages ranging from fifty cents to one dollar. According to Paulette Dozois, vicepresident of the HCA and resident of Irving Avenue, the family-friendly experience has had local families best interests in mind. Its mostly families who join us but we even get people from OCISO (Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization), said Dozois, usually about 30 or 40 people. The 7 p.m. showing screens in the basement of the Centre and is usually a Disney film selected for young children who cannot attend the later showing. Patricia Murray, resident of Sherbrooke Avenue, attended for the first time with her husband and child on Saturday, July 16. Its great for family time and for the kidsand its affordable, said Murray. It provides a safe place where you can bring your baby to watch a movie. When the sun goes down, the later showing (usually at around 9 p.m.) is projected next to an eye-catching mural just outside the Community Centre. Neighbourhood resident Corinna Anderson says her favourite part of movie nights is being able to see popular, new release movies at no cost and in the presence of fellow community members. Dozois credits deep-rooted history of the Hintonburg neighbourhood and the pride residents share for the success of local traditions like HCAs movie nights. This summers next showing is scheduled for August 13 with Toy Story 3 playing at 7 p.m. and Ferris Buellers Day Off outside at 9 p.m. For more information about movie night visit u Mountaineer pens book, plans more adventures The African adventures of Barry Finlay and his family continued recently with a successful visit to Tanzania to view the results of their fundraising efforts, a soon-to-be-published book, and additional fundraising events set for August and October. In June of 2010, Kitchissippi Times reported on Finlays fundraiser to build a well in Tanzania. In 2009, Finlay and his son Chris climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the well and to build a classroom. Now those efforts have begun to bear fruit. My wife and I went to Africa in January of this year to see the finished projects and were amazed at the reception we received and the gratitude we were shown, said Finlay. Finlay recalls how during the Kilimanjaro trek he and Chris knew we could use the mountain as a platform to raise money. We connected with Plan Canada who came up with the original Continued on page 4

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WWBIA NEW HOME: Annie Hillis, executive director of the Wellington West Business Improvement Area (WWBIA) and Jane Doe of Global Pet Foods were among dozens on hand to celebrate the opening of the new WWBIA office at 76 Holland on Thursday, July 14. Hillis is thrilled with the second-floor space in a converted dwelling and is looking to rent out a portion of it to a local business.

Page 4 July 21, 2011 Continued from page 3 classroom and well projects. The father-and-son team has now written a book about their adventures called Kilimanjaro and Beyond: A LifeChanging Journey. They will launch the book at Collected Works in Westboro on August 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity. And new fundraising efforts go beyond book sales. Finlay and his family have launched Education for Africa in aid of young women in Tanzania who are establishing businesses. When we met the young women [in Tanzania] who are building their businesses, we committed to raise money for another four years for the new project, Finlay said. Two upcoming fundraisers will support the female entrepreneurs: a golf tournament at the Lombard Glen Golf and Country Club in Smiths Falls on Saturday, August 27 and a variety show at the Richelieu Centre in Vanier on Sunday, October 23. When women start businesses and make a profit, they use the money to support their families by buying groceries, paying rent, and sending their children to school, said Finlay of his new fundraising focus. It is an incredibly effective way to develop a sense of pride and self worth in the women and to give them the opportunity to give something back to the community by building sustainable businesses. For more information on the Finlay fundraising efforts, visit the blog plankilimanjaro.blogspot. com or Facebook page w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / authorbarryfinlay. u Business Briefs Whispers pub turns 30 One of Kitchissippis liveliest establishments celebrated its 30th birthday on Wednesday, July 13, with a festive evening for regulars, staff, and former staff. Located at 249 Richmond Road, Whispers is a popular spot for gatherings of locals. Co-owner Stacy Rennick reported that regulars and former staffers came from out of town for the celebration. It was awesome, said Rennick. Orthodontist office opens Wellington Village Orthodontics opened in late June at 175 Holland (suite 300). Owner and operator Dr. Andra Picard is now the only certified orthodontist in the Kitchissippi area. u Correction: Roy Duncan Park funding A reporting error occurred in the article Revving up at renovated Roy Duncan Park in the July 7 edition of Kitchissippi Times. We reported that Phase 2 improvements were completed with funds from the Citys cash-in-lieu of parking coffers. The funding actually came from three different City programs: Life-cycle renewal; Minor park improvement; and Signage. We apologize for the inaccuracy.

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UNEVEN TERMS: Lorraine Dyke is leading research that shows fewer women in Canadas high-tech education programs compared to other parts of the world.

Continued from page 1 engineering in Bangladesh compared to Canada. The project, titled Cultural Factors Affecting Womens Representation in the High-Tech Sector: Cross-Cultural Comparisons Between Canada and Bangladesh also involves Samina Saifuddin, a Ph.D student, and Maria Rasouli, a Ph.D graduate of Carletons psychology program. The trio of women presented findings at the Womens Worlds 2011 congress held in Ottawa and Gatineau July 3 to 7. Co-hosted by Carleton University, the congress attracted 1,600 international activists, academics, policy-makers and artists with an interest in womens studies and gender equality. If you look at the statistics, there are more women going into science and engineering education in some of the Eastern cultures than there are in the Western countries, says Dyke. We think we are so

are so far ahead on gender issues, and in some ways we are, but in this particular area we are not.
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far ahead on gender issues, and in some ways we are, but in this particular area we are not. The research compares cultural factors affecting female representation in the high-tech sector in Canada and Bangladesh and is based on data from a survey of more than 800 engineering students in Bangladesh. Dyke says the high representation of women in Bangladeshs high-tech sector can be attributed in part to the single-sex education system in place across the country. We know from some

of the research about adolescent girls that they sometimes play down their capabilities because they want to be liked, explains Dyke. In Bangladesh, the schools are predominantly single-sex education so you dont get the same dumbing down of girls that we sometimes see in North America. The survey found that both female and male students in Bangladesh were attracted to the high-tech sector because they saw it as a challenging career. It specifically showed increasing numbers of women in the high-tech related degrees in Bangladesh. Dyke and her team hope to conduct similar surveys with Canadian engineering students and eventually expand the study to Latin America and Iran. We seem to be going backwards, says Dyke about the female representation in North Americas high-tech sector. For me, that was a big surprise and now its about figuring out what is causing that.


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SHIP SHAPE: Patrick Morais is putting finishing touches on his environmentally friendly hand-made launch.

Continued from page 1 on the Rideau Canal or at his family cottage in Gracefield, Quebec, about 30 minutes north of Ottawa. Morais is a former military policeman and now a master cabinetmaker for the House of Commons on Parliament Hill. I have never owned my own boat but have been around them enough to get a boating licence, said Morais. Using plans for a boat model called Lo Voltage

purchased online, Morais logged hours and hours of research and study before beginning to assemble the boat using the stitch and glue method, where plywood panels are stitched together with copper wire and the joint is then glued with epoxy and covered in fiberglass cloth. Its an electric launch with a displacement-type hull, explains Morais. Which means it will never plane but will plow through the water. Powered by a golf cart

motor and six 6-volt batteries, the launch is ideally suited for casual, lowspeed cruising that wont create excessive noise or environmental harm. I opted for the electric boat because in this age of high-power gas-guzzling boats I thought this would be a nice reminder that slower and quieter can be better, explained Morais. Our lake is small and this type of boat will have less of an environmental impact, Morais continued. It will also be used

on the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal, I am sure. While building, Morais swayed from the plans and fashioned a rear bench seat instead of a centre console helm. Hell be adding a Surrey top canopy at a later date. The great thing about building a boat yourself is customization, said the enthused craftsman. The project required some 140 hours of labour from Morais and materials Continued on page 7

Kitchissippi times Continued from page 6 cost approximately $4,000. The upholstery was added last while in Gracefield. Though the craft is not yet complete, its builder has discovered his first real hobby and is already planning a more ambitious boat-building endeavour. My real goal is to build a larger 1920s mahogany runabout, said Morais. For now, however, when cottaging with life partner Melodie Sadler and his two young children, Morais reasoned that a slow-moving boat would be the ticket.

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Ben and Megan Bartholomew of West Villiage Private were energized to run. Pre-race excitement was in the air.

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Continued from page 1 Although it had been overcast earlier in the morning, the sun came out just in time for the race which was great for the spectators, but not so great for the runners. Given the heat, my goal for the race was simply to finish and have a good time. Shortly before 9 a.m., approximately 240 racers lined up at the start; within a few minutes, we were off. One of the things I love about this race is the overwhelming sense of community spirit. Dozens of neighbourhood residents had decided to have their Sunday breakfasts outside so that they could cheer and be part of the event. Volunteers manning the barricades were also enthusiastic in their support. At the 2k mark, we passed the children running in their own 1 km race. So cute! Earlier that morning, race director Jeff Leiper had given us some unusual pre-race instructions: Theres going to be a bunch of motorcycles parked on the side of the course. Please dont touch

The young runners looked relaxed at the start of the kids 1k run.

them, said Leiper. Perhaps Leiper knew something that we didnt, because at the 4k mark one of the bikers stood on the side of the road with a hose, spraying down the over-heated runners. It was a great relief! Lucky Ron, the famous Hintonburg balladeer, was also out to serenade the racers with his guitaranother welcome distraction!

By the time the finish line came into view, I was more than ready to stop running and have some traditional post-race cake. After the race, I chatted with some of the organizers and participants. Paulette, a volunteer pouring water for dehydrated runners, told me she couldnt imagine why anyone would want to sleep in on a Sunday morning.

Later I asked Leiper why he had decided to create the event five years ago. I was unemployed! he exclaimed, and then he joked about past glitches in the race (e.g., the course length falling short of 5k one year) but noted that organizers were learning and improving every year. Hell get no arguments from me. Ill definitely be back for the sixth edition next July.

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The Youth

By Mollie Roy

Pining for those lazy days of summer

Can the rewards of employment outweigh fun time with friends?
I fondly remember when summer meant biking with my friends, trips to the beach, shopping expeditions, and sleeping in just about every day. Those days are gone and of course there are many reasons why Id love to have them back. Its ironic that growing up means a loss of freedom in some ways; even though Im old enough to drive, take the bus just about anywhere, and stay out later, my summer schedule has become dictated by my summer job. Working as a day camp counsellor again this summer, I have a tiring, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately rewarding job. I take the responsibility quite seriously partly because Ive realized something that was lost on me when I was a camper myself years ago: because many parents have to work through the summer, having their kids at camp is a crucial respite. This means that regardless of why the campers are at camp, we counsellors must be fully engaged to help ensure that everyone has a good experience and that parents feel like the money theyve spent has been worthwhile. Still, on some days, the hardest thing of all is realizing that a lot of my friends are away for the summer pursuing a variety of interests. When Im exhausted after a day at camp, my friends who are in town are full of energy and ready to make big plans for the evening. Meanwhile, Im contemplating my bedtime. Unless youve been a camp counsellor, its hard to understand how physically and mentally demanding it can be. Sometimes, the older kids are sassy and think theyre too cool to participate in the planned events; the younger kids can be clingy or homesick when not fully immersed in an activity. Dont get me wrong, I love the job and Im really grateful for the chance to work in a field that fits with my future career plans of working with children. Im also thankful for the chance to make some money and learn about the value of hard work. The experience I am gaining now will help me not only with university applications but also when I look for jobs in the future. Over the years, when my parents pushed me to do my swimming levels, get first aid certification, and take a leader-in-training course, I have to confess that I didnt always appreciate the future benefits. But now that these experiences and skills have helped me get a job, Im very glad to have them. So even though I sometimes envy my friends who arent working (especially when the campers are a handful), I wonder if they ever think that theyd like to switch places with me and be working instead of having a carefree break from school.

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SPECTACLES My top three summer outfits

By Tallie Doyle

Through Tallies

Keep it cool, simple, and economical for a style edge this summer
I often find stylish summer outfits kind of a challenge. Its easy to layer up and accessorize in winter, but in the heat of summer its hard to put anything on but the least amount of clothes! And accessories can look, well, just too much for a summer outfit. With this in mind, I put three of my favorite summer outfits together to share with you.

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Fave #1: My 80s Cindi Lauper look Kids at school seemed kind of confused by this one, but I love it! Vintage pink tutu a gift from my mom, found in a Halifax vintage store Navy leggings scored at the Salvation Army thrift shop Turquoise tank top a hand-me-down Neon socks Payless Shoes Black Converse sneakers from Sears Black bow hairband birthday present from my cousins Wooden hedgehog brooch present from my mom Pink skinny belt from Joe Fresh

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Fave #2: Easy BoHo summer look Gladiator Sandals (with Archie comic button) from Payless Shoes Pink denim capri shorts a hand-me-down Off white cotton tunic top a hand-me-down Pink skinny belt from Joe Fresh Pink chopsticks in hair mom bought them at the old Market 186

Fave #3: Super Casual look White tank a hand-me-down jean shorts from Joe Fresh Pink skinny belt from Joe Fresh Sequined blue sandals from Joe Fresh Hat my mom made it!

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