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Hopewell teachers get OBE awards

Four Hopewell public school teachers have won awards for their contributions to the arts in the Ottawa Board of Education school system.
Marcelle Belanger, Marilyn Carter, Diane Croteau and Allison Woyiwada were chosen by the board’s advisory committee on the arts for “exemplary service to students under extremely difficult conditions,” said Hopewell principal Marg Dempster.
Some Hopewell classes had to be relocated to the Bronson Centre on Bronson Avenue in 1996-97 while the school was undergoing major renovations.
“Although this move caused tremendous upheaval, these teachers still maintained school arts programs, decorated the school, and organized many concerts,” Dempsey said.
She added that the hospitality of the Centretown community greatly facilitated the relocation, especially the nearby Boys and Girls Club.
The awards were presented at a recent meeting of the OBE trustees.
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New council could halt parkway construction

By Lisa Miguez
The region’s plans to build ramps connecting Hunt Club to the Airport Parkway have been stalled by a call for a wider environmental assessment.

The City Centre Community Coalition sent a request to the Ontario Environment Ministry to force the region to conduct a more detailed environmental impact review. The review will cause up to a 66-day delay in the start of construction. This would put the date for the beginning of construction past the Nov. 10 municipal elections. The new council could put a halt to the plans. read more

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