The deadline for candidates to submit their Nomination Papers closed Friday, September 12. The final list of candidates running for the Mayor’s office came in at 8. The mayor is not facing any serious challenger. Media is giving Mike Maguire considerable attention to try and make it a race.
The final number of candidates running for Council seats totals 124. There will be at least six and as many as nine new Councillors sitting at the Council table come November. All wards have at least two candidates running, so no one was acclaimed.
2. NCHCA Fall Dinner Dance, Saturday, November 22nd, The Westin Hotel
Put on your dreadlocks, kick back with a Red Stripe and enjoy an evening of Jamaican music, steel band and wonderful food. Leave the cold behind and let your mind go back to Jamaica Mon!
Reservations are to be made online at www.nchca.ca by Friday, November 7th, 2014 or at the following link:
If you prefer to make reservations by phone, please use the following information:
GROUP RESERVATION CODE: NYCH14
GROUP NAME: NCHCA 2014 Fall Dinner Dance
CUT OFF DATE: Rooms must be booked by 5pm on October 22, 2014
For further information regarding Fall Dinner Dance or sponsorship opportunities please contact;
Stephen Turner at 613.229.7418, firstname.lastname@example.org OR Alison Hogan at 613.821.5940, email@example.com
3. After meeting with the City at our montly liaison meeting, it was mentioned that they have been getting many complaints about mischief and theft to traffic control on jobsites. NCHCA would like to remind contractors of this and to keep a close eye on traffic control at your job sites.
4. Office Max Canada Grand & Toy Value Added Member Services started August 1st
6. Call for Project Pics and Member Account Profiles
Our members build many exciting things every day that we do not take credit for as we should. Please send project photos and information for our website and 2015 NCHCA Directory for everyone to see. Members are also asked to review your account profiles to ensure that all contact information has been updated and correct for the printing of our 2015 edition of our NCHCA Director. The datafile will be extracted for printing February 1st, 2015.
7. SAR Update
As expected, the Ministry of Natural Resources has amended its General Regulations under the Endangered Species Act, 2007, to include recently listed species such as bank swallow and eastern small-footed myotis under Section 23.13, “Transition – development ongoing when species first listed”. They had initially proposed this back in the spring, when the impending additions to the SAR in Ontario list were announced (see EBR posting 012-1520 for more information).
In the process, they have also substantially restructured that section of the regulations, apparently to make them easier to read, and also to amend as new species are added in future. Subsection 1 has been edited to also reference species listed in 2014, and to define some new terms (e.g., “relevant species”). The list of activities in subsection 2 has been converted into a table; tables have also been added to the end of the section to identify the original transition species, as well as the newly listed species to which this section applies for 2013 and 2014.
The mottled duskywing is not subject to this section of the regulations. Any project that may affect this butterfly or its habitat will therefore not be able to proceed through registration.
In related news, the Ministry has also confirmed that they will be extending the current agricultural exemption on impacts to bobolink and eastern meadowlark (EBR No. 012-1596). The exemption will now expire on December 31, 2015.
8. IHSA There is a no charge Hoisting and Rigging program scheduled for October 20-21 in Ottawa that will be cancelled in the next couple of days if they can’t sign up a few more people. If any members are interested please visit IHSA’s website at http://www.ihsa.ca/
9. Ottawa Hospital saves one of our own, Josee Lafleche
Josée was busy running her soil and excavation business, and working out in her spare time. Then she began getting severe headaches.
But other symptoms made it difficult to diagnose. She had terrible mood swings, and numbness in her limbs. Some days she would open her eyes but couldn’t see anything. Other days, she couldn’t walk. Something was not right. Her family doctor thought it might be stress-related or depression.
After a couple of years without a confirmed diagnosis, and with symptoms worsening, Josée went to see a doctor at a clinic in Ottawa. He thought it might be multiple sclerosis and sent her tests. On March 22, 2013, Josée had an MRI.
The MRI technician spotted the brain tumour – a meningioma – on her frontal lobe. Josée was immediately admitted to Emergency.
“The tumour was so large,” Josée said. “The hospital staff was surprised, because of the size and location of the tumour, that I even knew who I was or had any memory at all, and that I could still walk.” The doctors had seen similar tumours, which had left the person in a wheelchair.
Within days, Josée met neurosurgeon Dr. Eve Tsai at the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital.
“I was just happy that they found something wrong with me. Cause my family doctor kept saying the symptoms don’t make sense,” says, Josée.
On April 10, 2013, Josée underwent a seven-hour brain surgery. In her case, the meningioma tumour was deeply imbedded in her brain. Dr. Tsai removed as much of the tumour between her brain and skull as she could. Then, Dr. Tsai decided to remove the vein at the front of Josée’s forehead that was feeding the tumour, removing the source to prevent it from growing.
Josée’s headaches vanished immediately after the surgery. She said the haze lifted and she could think more clearly than before. She felt better than she had in two years.
“I can do anything now, except, a headstand,” laughs Josée. “My favourite things are gardening and working out. I jog and am back to kick-boxing.”
After her brain surgery, Josée went for an MRI every three months to monitor her brain tumour. In May, just over a year after her surgery, Dr. Tsai reported that her MRI showed that the tumour had shrunk and virtually disappeared. All that was left was scar tissue. Josée wouldn’t need to go for an MRI for a year.
“Removing that vein meant that nothing was feeding the tumour, so it disappeared,” said Josée.
After her surgery, Josée organized the building of a school in Sri Lanka.
“I wanted to build a school because I believe in Karma and paying it forward,” she said.