Ottawa to Host Grey Cup for Birthday Celebrations

August 2, 2016 7:16 pm

CFL Commissioner Jeff Orridge, Redblacks ownership Jeff Hunt and Mayor Jim Watson pose with the cup.

The Grey Cup is coming to Ottawa. In an on-field announcement Sunday the CFL officially told fans that the city will be hosting the 2017 Grey Cup.

The game is the newest addition in a lineup of events scheduled in the nation’s capital to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Dignitaries including Mayor Jim Watson, Yasir Naqvi and 1976 Grey Cup winning Ottawa Roughrider alumni were on hand for the presentation of the cup at the TD Place.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau even took part via video, seen handing off the cup to RCMP officers followed by a chain of the Lumber Joes in a canoe, mascot Big Joe, and Roughriders hero Tony Gabriel carrying the cup to centre field.

CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge was on hand to make the announcement before the Redblacks game. He says because of the 2017 celebrations Ottawa was the perfect choice to hold the game.

“It’s the perfect confluence of circumstances. It’s a great stadium, great environment, great ownership group and certainly the fan base is incredible.”

Watson says this will be a great influx for the city, and he is excited to be hosting the cup again.

“I’ve been hounding the commissioner and his predecessor for the last three years to make sure that we were given due consideration to have the Grey Cup played here in 2017 because obviously that year is pretty special for our city and our country. It’s going to cap off an amazing year of celebrations.”


Mayor Jim Watson holds the Grey Cup above his head after its announced that Ottawa will be host to the 105th Grey Cup in 2017.

Jeff Hunt, member of the Redblacks ownership says they will be adding an additional 10,000 seats to accommodate more fans. He also says they are trying to keep younger fans in mind. He wants to make the 2017 Grey Cup the “youngest grey cup ever.”

When it comes to tickets, he says that “we’re going to have to have seats that are accessible for a younger fan audience. We’re going to have to do something on the price of tickets to do something to make it affordable.”

After the announcement, the Ottawa Redblacks went on to lose to the Toronto Argonauts 23-20, in what was only their second loss of the season.

This was quarterback Henry Burris’ first game starting back after missing four games due to an injury in their season opener.

It was a disappointing return for Burris who made 20 completions but was intercepted a couple times and wasn’t able to bring home the win.

This game knocked the Redblacks from first in the East Division, replaced by the Argos who are now 4-2-0.

An OSEG rep says the team still has their sights set on winning the Grey Cup this season but would also enjoy seeing the Redblacks playing in a Grey Cup game at home in Ottawa.

The team plays their next three games at home, facing the Edmonton Eskimos on August 6th.


Reinventing the Wheel: How E-bikes Are Revolutionizing Cycling

July 26, 2016 10:00 am
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The crisp March air filled Julie’s lungs as she walked along the sidewalk.  One unsure step brought a crack: the sound of her leg snapping as she fell sprawled across the ice. Two years later, she can still only take about 20 steps at a time as she recovers from a long string of surgeries. But in 2012, about a year before her accident, Julie Albers made a purchase that would put her back in the driver’s seat after her injury. She bought an electric bike.

“I like to walk places, but after breaking my leg I can’t go as far anymore. But with my e-bike I can,” she said, speaking fondly of her spunky blue scooter.
Julie isn’t the only e-bike convert out there.

Worldwide e-bike sales reached over $30 million in 2013, according to the 2015 Electric Bikes Worldwide Report. There are more than 200 million on the roads today and global e-bike sales are estimated to reach two billion units by 2050, according to the report. The Canadian market sees about 20,000 e-bike sales per year –about a tenth the size of the US market– and it’s growing as more people make the switch.

E-cycling allows much of the older population, as well as those with mobility issues, to shred the pavement the way they did as children. Recharging the battery costs a fraction of the price of a tank of gas – only a few cents a day.

But recently e-bikes have come under fire in Ottawa from traditional cyclists and policy makers, including officials at the National Capital Commission, calling them “dangerous” because of their speed and weight.


Photo by Geneva Schulzke.

There are two types of electric-assisted bikes. One resembles a traditional bicycle with a battery attached to the post, while the second version, called an eScooter, looks like a small motorcycle. While this seems like an obvious distinction, cities often classify most forms of two-wheeled transportation under the same category. The City of Ottawa currently lumps data for e-bikes and traditional bikes together.  Because different rules apply to different kinds of bikes, the city’s thinking makes accident data ambiguous.

E-bike riders aren’t required to have a licence or insurance, and are allowed many places buzzing with pedestrians and other cyclists. This has people crying foul over the safety implications, saying the legal requirements of being over 16 years old and wearing a helmet aren’t enough.

With the growing number of e-bikes on the streets, do cities need better safety regulations?

In 2012, the NCC took a step in this direction, banning eScooters from their 236 kilometres of pathways.  The City of Ottawa’s e-bike regulations, which took effect in 2009, allow scooter-type bikes on bike lanes that are physically separated from pedestrians as long as they don’t interfere with other cyclists.

Before the 2012 ruling, during the NCC’s public e-bike consultations, many people said that weight and speed concerns were put to rest by the powered brakes that come installed on e-bikes. Still, the NCC decided that if the line wasn’t drawn, it would open up the pathways for other motorized vehicles.

“The NCC was facing a situation where there were e-bikes on the recreational pathways, so there became a need for a policy,” said Jasmine Leduc, a spokesperson for the NCC, saying that e-bikes are often twice the weight of traditional bikes and their speed can exceed the pathway limit of 20 km/h.

Electric bikes have a maximum speed of 32 km/h, which many athletic cyclists can reach without a motor. But because they are heavier than regular bikes, with many eScooters weighing in at a whopping 75 lbs, the damage sustained in accidents can be worse. An e-cyclist died this January in the Byward Market after his scooter was hit by the opening door of a parked car.


Photo by Geneva Schulzke.

But does putting scooter-type e-bikes on the roads really make things safer?

Even the changes proposed in Ottawa’s 2013 cycling plan–like wider bike lanes–make few accommodations for motorized bikes, often forcing them into traffic with vehicles bustling by at nearly double their speed.

In recent years, city planners have been making sizable leaps in improving bike safety. “We’re spending more money on cycling than we ever have before,” said Keith Egli, the City of Ottawa transportation committee chair. In fact, the city plans to invest some $110 million in cycling infrastructure, such as bike lanes and “complete streets”–roads with designated space for all users– until 2031, according to a 2015 report by the cycling advocacy group Bike Ottawa. But even with these investments, cycling and e-cycling aren’t necessarily getting safer. There were more than 270 cyclist injuries due to collisions in 2013, up 17 per cent from the previous year, according to the City of Ottawa’s Road Safety Reports.

A 2015 report by the Pembina Institute found that there were three collisions per 100,000 cycling trips in Ottawa, compared to Vancouver’s one. Given the population, if every person in Ottawa got on a bike, there would be 27 collisions every day.

Don Grant, executive director of the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict, a group advocating for an environmentally sustainable city centre, blames the city’s patchwork of bike paths for the collision rate.  Ottawa’s paths don’t connect into a continuous corridor, forcing riders onto busy roads when their lane abruptly ends. Last year the EcoDistrict mapped 20 popular cycling routes around the downtown core. “None of them were (cycle-safe) infrastructure from start to finish,” Grant said. “They’re not safe enough that you would feel comfortable letting your sixth-grader ride their bike along these pathways.”

The year Julie Albers bought her e-bike, she was “doored” by a parked car. Her pedal and mirror were slashed off and the impact spiraled the bike around 180 degrees before slamming her into the body of the car.

The knee-jerk reaction is to build more bike lanes, but Egli said there isn’t always enough space on the existing roads for bike lanes, though the city is trying. And since scooter e-bikes are banned from pedestrian-populated lanes, you’ll still have cyclists on the roads.


Photo by Geneva Schulzke.

“Cycling can’t be seen as just a parallel activity to someone in a car who just presses a pedal,” said Andrew Furman, a cycling infrastructure specialist at Ryerson University. While the government of Ontario has ruled that cyclists behave like cars when on the roads, Furman thinks that’s a dangerous message to send.  “As a cyclist if you really pretended you were a motor vehicle, you wouldn’t survive very long,” he said.

Despite these safety concerns, the benefits of cycling outweigh the risks by 20 to one, estimates Dr. Chris Cavacuiti in a 2013 cycling injury report by the University of Toronto. Cyclists seem to agree with Cavacuiti as the League of American Bicyclists, a cycling advocacy group in the U.S., found that 80 per cent of cyclists thought e-bikes were a great mode of transportation.

“E-bikes aren’t that much different from regular bikes, but people get intimidated by (the term) ‘electric’, said Claudio Wensel, co-founder of Pedal Easy Electric Bikes in Ottawa. “As soon as people get on the e-bike, they realize it’s no different from what they’re used to.”

Related: Ten Reasons to Start Biking this Spring

It’s not just the American market that’s booming. China produces over 30 million e-bikes annually, and Europe was enthusiastic about the bike early on. Many cities worldwide are taking after the Netherlands in integrating e-bikes into daily life by offering free parking and public charging stations as incentives for e-bike users.

Egli and the Ottawa transportation committee recently met with infrastructure specialists from the European nation to discuss how to build better cycling infrastructure. Even with this progress, it will be a slow ride to Ottawa’s 2031 goals – “complete streets” and bike lanes– to better protect cyclists.


Photo by Geneva Schulzke.

For e-bikes, building the market in Canada will be an uphill battle.  According to a 2013 survey by the City of Toronto, the majority of respondents want a distinction between scooter and conventional e-bikes to make sure each gets their respective –and different– safety regulations. For example, people thought e-bike riders should require a licence and insurance, but almost all respondents said e-bikes should be encouraged as environmentally friendly transportation.

The future of Ottawa cycling is bright. A 2011 StatsCan survey found that more than six per cent of trips made in the Ottawa-Gatineau area were on bikes, landing the nation’s capital in the top five per cent of cycle-savvy Canadian cities.

Though e-bikes are still trying to safely find their place on roads, cycling experts like Furman are optimistic that e-bikes will be worth the time and resources. “It’s about planting those seeds for the next generation,” he said.

Article by Elise von Scheel.

Redblacks Undefeated

July 11, 2016 2:30 pm

In a nail-biting, overtime finish, the Ottawa Redblacks tied the Calgary Stampeders in their first home game of the season. The game ended 26-26, making the Redblacks the only undefeated team so far this season, securing the first place position in the CFL standings.

“This tie might really help us out in their big picture down the road,” said head coach Rick Campbell. “[It will] help us out in the standings, so I wanted to be smart.”

The Redblacks had the opportunity to secure a win in the final minutes of the 4th quarter when Calgary committed three consecutive penalties, bringing the Redblacks within 5 yards of the end zone.
With one yard left running back Nic Grigsby fumbled the ball, which was retrieved by Calgary, bringing the game to overtime. After going back and forth neither team was able to gain the advantage.

“We were close, but [the game] kind of left everybody wanting for more, the fans the players everybody.”

Campbell told reporters after the game that they could have gone for the touchdown and potential win in the end, but it was more important to take the point.

Despite the unsatisfying end, the sold out crowd was still wowed by quarterback Trevor Harris, who completed 35 of 43 passes for 361 total yards. All three of his touchdown receptions were caught by Chris Williams.

Harris continued his impressive track record since he took over for an injured Henry Burris in the season opener against the Edmonton Eskimos. In just under three games he has completed 72 of 88 passes for over 1,000 yards.

The Redblacks came into this game with a 2-0 record on the road and a notable win against the Edmonton Eskimos, a well needed redemption after losing last year’s Grey Cup championship.

With the best start in the CFL so far, a deep offence and punishing defence, it looks like it is going to be a promising season for our Ottawa team.

They play five of their next seven games at home, with an upcoming game Wednesday against the Toronto Argonauts (who will probably be wishing they hadn’t traded Harris).

The Benefits of Airsoft Gaming

June 22, 2016 10:07 am

One of the most popular gaming experiences around involves airsoft guns, and people from all walks of life love to play. In most cases, ex-military and law enforcement professionals like to play airsoft games because it helps them keep their skills sharpened. There is a fair amount of equipment that you have to purchase to play these games, but it will be worth it when you see how much fun you can have. You need to find a good airsoft facility to use because this can enhance the experience greatly. The following are a few of the many benefits of playing airsoft games.

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One of the biggest benefits of playing airsoft games is that they allow you to stay physically active while enjoying the games. This is great for people who are looking to lose a few pounds or tighten up their physique. In most matches, you will be moving constantly to avoid the enemy and to keep from getting shot by the opposing team. Many people use a good airsoft match to do cardio and get in a great work out while doing something that’s lots of fun.

Many Accessories

Another benefit of playing airsoft games is that there are so many accessories to use during the gameplay. Tactical Gear like a vest and a universal shoulder holster are great ways to customize your experience and get lost in the airsoft world. The accessories that you choose for your gaming experience allow you to create a persona that you can utilize during game play, which will make the whole experience more pleasurable. The accessories can also make the game play easier on you due to the convenience that the holsters and vests provide during combat.

Many Options Available

For many people, the best part of playing airsoft games is the many options that are available during game play. During an airsoft match you can choose to be a variety of different players, which changes the weapons that you will use. Due to the popularity of airsoft games, there are many different businesses who offer a variety of different courses for you to play on. Playing on new courses is a great way to make sure that the game stays fresh and fun. The more you play the game, the better you will get and the more accessories you will want to purchase.

If you are ready to take up this hobby, then you will have to take the time to find the right supplier.

Article by Vivian Smith. 

From Playground to Podium and Everything that Comes After

June 13, 2016 11:55 am

Everyone knows that podium moment.

You’re watching the Olympics late at night and the Canadian is facing the final jump, or the last lap or the breakaway goal. You hold your breath, they go for it, and after a few tense seconds…it’s perfect.

“Gooooooold!” someone inevitably yells.

Then it’s the podium, the medal ceremony, and everyone celebrates. But what happens once the lights have gone out and the games are over? Well, that’s when Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame steps in.

Although Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame certainly isn’t alone in honouring our country’s sporting history, it’s one of the only organizations that celebrates athletes throughout their entire journey. From playground to podium and through everything that comes after, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame tells our sports heroes’ entire stories.

“That’s one of the things that makes (us) very unique,” says Mario Siciliano, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s President and CEO. “It’s probably safe to say that 99 per cent of attention is happening from playground to podium, and that’s fantastic. What we’re saying is there’s a piece that happens post-podium and it’s really important.”

Once their glorious moment on the podium is over, some athletes turn around and start training for the next games, others start coaching, others go pro and many dedicate their time and image to charity.

After Canadian figure-skating legend Elizabeth Manley won silver in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, she began skating professionally with the Ice Capades and toured across the US. She’s also been an active advocate for mental health awareness, and isn’t afraid to talk about the depression that almost ruined her Olympic hopes.

If you end Manley’s story with her silver medal, you miss out on so many of the fantastic and inspiring things that came later on. Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame has accumulated hundreds of athletes’ stories, many of them just as interesting as Manley’s.

“Nobody was handed a medal, nobody bought a medal,” Siciliano says. “They all have their stories, and that’s the beauty of it.”

Siciliano hopes these amazing stories will inspire Canadians, but not in the way you might think.

Related: A Legacy of Sport.

“This may sound funny coming from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, but it isn’t our primary mandate to turn every Canadian into a gold medalist,” he says. “There are organizations that do that. Our role is to look at how every Canadian can celebrate, learn or benefit from these stories.”

Stories about athletes overcoming things like physical barriers or discrimination do not only inspire other athletes, they can inspire anyone facing those same problems. “You might not even know how to skate…that isn’t the point,” says Siciliano. “The point is if you’re struggling with depression, and you’re struggling getting up for work…here’s this person who has overcome this debilitating mental illness to not only get up out of bed, but they’ve actually gone so far as to win gold or silver medals,” explains Siciliano.

“The idea is that you can see yourself and your own struggles in these athletes’ stories and be inspired to be your best in your own life.”

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame shares its stories in Calgary, the home base of the national institution, and across the nation through a number of educational programs and projects. The next generation of sport heroes, the Class of 2016, will be announced on April 27, 2016.

Slideshow: Whitecaps Sweep Fury in Championship Lead-Up

June 9, 2016 10:02 am
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Carl Haworth is upended during last night’s game. All photos by Stewart Johnstone.

Last night was a disappointing outing for Ottawa Fury FC, who fell the the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 at the B.C. Place Stadium. This came after the Fury took a 2-0 lead in the series’ opening match played on Ottawa’s home turf. But last night Fury was facing a more veteran line-up from the Whitecaps, and the difference in experience quickly started to show.

Photographer Stewart Johnstone from was there to catch all the action Tuesday night. Flip through our slideshow to get a close up view of the match.

The win brings the Whitecaps to the Amway Canadian Championship final where they will face Toronto FC.

Slideshow: CanWNT Beats Brazil at TD Place

June 8, 2016 4:15 pm
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During last night’s ‘Road to Rio’ match in the TD Place,  Canada’s Women’s National Soccer Team swept Brazil with a penalty-time goal that ended the match 1-0.

Ottawa’s face-off was a chance for the Canadian team to even the score with Brazil after the yellow-clad team beat the Canadians 2-0 in Toronto on June 4.

Photographer Michael Wing from Mike’s Media was there to catch all the action Tuesday night. Flip through our slideshow to get a close up view of the tense and thrilling match.

Ottawa Fury Advance to Canadian Championship Semifinals

May 19, 2016 4:13 pm

Ottawa Fury FC vs. Edmonton FC, Wednesday May 18th, 2016, photo by Meagan Simpson.

After winning a two game series against Edmonton FC, the Ottawa Fury FC have secured their spot in the semifinals of the Amway Canadian Championships.

The Fury won the first game played in Edmonton 3-0 and despite losing to Edmonton 2-0 on Wednesday night, they won the series 3-2 based on the aggregate of goals scored.

Coming into the second game with three goals in hand is what saved the team after coming out slow and giving up two goals before the half.

“The first half was the complete opposite of what we wanted to do,” said coach Dalglish. He felt his team sat back in the beginning of the game. “The minute you get complacent you don’t play with a competitive edge.”

Edmonton was not going to give up easy, putting pressure on the Fury from the outset. Edmonton FC’s Dustin Corea scored the first goal 27 minutes into the game, placing it in the top corner just out of reach of Fury keeper Marcel DeBellis. The second came just before half on a free kick from the 30 yard line by Edmonton’s Adam Eckersley.

After a good talking to during halftime, the Fury came out stronger in the second half, keeping Edmonton at bay.

Defender Lance Rozeboom said, “[Dalglish] laid into us a little and we absolutely deserved it. Coming out lethargic at home and going into halftime down two zero at home is unacceptable. He got us going and gave us a good speech and we got going in the second half.”

Fury were able to hold even after few close calls, including a free kick saved by DeBellis and a heart-stopping close call halted by Ottawa’s Fernando Timbo.

In the last five minutes of the game the 3,946 strong crowd rallied behind their team, chanting loudly and roaring when the final whistle blew.

“We got through. I have to give credit to the players in the second half, we changed it,” said Dalglish. “We saw the energy in the second half was better, this was a great learning experience for us as a new team.”

This is the first season the Fury have been able to advance in the Amway. The championship features five professional Canadian teams: Ottawa Fury, Edmonton FC and three MLS teams, Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Impact Montreal. The winner represents Canada in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

Fury now go on to face the Vancouver Whitecaps FC June 1 and 8 in the semifinals.

This is the first time in the team’s history that Ottawa Fury are advancing in the tournament. It will also be their first time facing a MLS team.

Dalglish says this is a great opportunity for his players to test themselves beside MLS players. He says that’s where many NASL players want to be. “If they want to be there, they have to be better than the guys that play there.”

DeBellis said that as a Canadian the win is even more special to him.

“It’s a new experience to play a MLS team, and it’s the first time we’re moving on in our club history. I think for myself and the guys who were here the first year it will probably hit home a little more.”

Ottawa Fury currently have a 1-2-3 (Win-Draw-Loss) record and are ninth in the NASL. They play their next league game against Jacksonville Armada FC this Sunday at TD Place.

A Legacy Of Sport

May 17, 2016 1:55 pm

What makes sports heroes legends can sometimes involve what they do off the field, or what they do to get there, as much as what they do when they are on it. Their determination, their will power and their dedication to what they do is always inspiring. When Russ Jackson broke a rib during his legendary career with the Ottawa Rough Riders, he didn’t let it destroy him. He only took one game off to recover. That was the only game he missed in his 12-year football career.

Jackson led the Ottawa Rough Riders through the team’s golden age from 1958 to 1969, winning the Grey Cup three times. He is also considered the ‘last Canadian quarterback,’ as that position has been dominated by American players ever since he retired.

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Photo courtesy of CFHF.

“I had already been inducted a couple years earlier into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame,” says Jackson, now 83. “But when you get inducted in with people who have represented all of the sports at the Olympic level and the dominion level, national level and so on, it’s one step higher.”

Elizabeth Manley is best known for her bold and energetic freestyle figure skating. In the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games, Manley’s skating ranged from elegant to almost frantically precise, and it ultimately won her a silver medal and national adoration. She won silver again at the world championships that same year and moved on to professional figure skating in 1989.

She says that her induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is “truly is an honour.”

“You spend your whole life working so hard and trying to excel in a sport, being recognized and [having] my legacy remembered for years to come, even long after I’m gone…it’s just such a true honour.”

However, an athlete’s legacy can stretch well beyond athletic careers.

When Manley started talking about her depression in the 1980s, many people ran out on her. “People weren’t ready to put Canada’s sweetheart and depression in the same category,” she says. “1983 going into ’84, I was at the lowest point in my life,” she says. “I was diagnosed with depression, I’d had a nervous breakdown, I’d lost all my hair and gained a tremendous amount of weight. I quit skating.” In such a short period of time, Manley watched her Olympic chances crumble, and realized her dream had been taken away. “I really felt at that moment that there wasn’t anything good for me,” she says.


Photo Courtesy of Jim Watson.

But Manley reached out for help, and four years later she was standing on a podium in Calgary, silver medal around her neck. Now, Manley is the sort of person someone can reach out to, and she isn’t afraid to share her story. In the 1980s, many people shut the door on her because they didn’t understand the realities of depression. The fact that mental health understanding is so much better today is largely due to people like Elizabeth Manley who speak out. For this reason, her work in mental health deserves as much recognition as what she’s achieved on ice.

Of course, skating still plays a very large role in Manley’s life. After a successful career in the United States with organizations like the Ice Capades, she’s since returned to Canada to train the country’s next generation of figure skaters.

Russ Jackson has always maintained that football was his hobby, something he did alongside his real profession, teaching. It was common in the 1960s for athletes to hold a second job. Sports didn’t pay nearly as well as they do today. Still though, Jackson says the 60s and early 70s were the golden years.

“The fans were behind you,” he says. “They almost felt like they had a part of you.”

Back then everyone knew the local players, and Jackson’s fame made teaching a little more interesting for himself, students and even the parents. “On parents’ night some of the parents would come in and they wanted to talk more about football than their kid’s progress,” he laughs. However, teaching was a real passion for him and there is no doubt he changed the lives of many children.

When asked about his legacy, Jackson believes that as the last Canadian quarterback, his is already written. “I don’t think there’s anything to add to it now,” he says.”It was a great life, and I was thoroughly pleased to have the opportunity to play professional sport.”

From Learning through Pleasure to Healing through Pleasure

May 16, 2016 3:14 pm

In early fall 2014, Saint Paul University celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre. Since its inception, the Centre has provided services in both official languages to thousands of people from a diversity of socio-cultural and religious backgrounds. One of the Centre’s founders, Father Yvon Saint-Arnaud, OMI (1918–2009), was Canada’s leading figure in the development of pastoral counselling, known today as counselling and spirituality. One of his contributions to psychotherapy is a work of great depth, published in 2002, La guérison par le plaisir (“healing through pleasure”). This volume continues to inform researchers, intellectuals and psychotherapists both here and abroad. Professor Saint-Arnaud was also a renowned clinician and a highly sought-after speaker in Canada, France and Belgium.

Saint-Arnaud’s contributions complement the works of other famous researchers in the field of positive psychology (such as Seligman, Csikszentmihalyi and Lyubomirsky). Positive psychology emerged about 15 years ago to study the conditions and processes that contribute to the flourishing or optimal functioning of people, groups and institutions. It examines concepts that are closely related to spirituality, such as virtues, human strengths, optimism, hope, gratitude, forgiveness, altruism and humour. All of these themes echo the attitude and teachings of Saint-Arnaud, who was known as much for his intellectual rigour as for his contagious laugh. Indeed, those who knew him recall that he could always have fun and knew how to live life to the fullest. For him, any real pleasure was linked to the capacity to enjoy it. He would refer to Assagioli’s notion of will to explain that human beings can revel in (as an act of will) the beautiful, the true and the good in their surroundings.

But what is healing through pleasure? According to Saint-Arnaud, there is a possibility of healing when we become aware of the relationship between our potential to heal and our beliefs, feelings and behaviours regarding the disease and its cure. His concept of pleasure is also closely associated with values: for him, authentic, lasting pleasure is always consistent with one’s values. Pleasure and values go hand in hand, since both are defined by what is good for the human person. Having authentic fun is always linked to enjoying the good—for example, admiring a beautiful sunset, or enjoying a conversation with a dear friend.This quote says it all: “Pleasure is essentially the enjoyment of what we find good for us.” (Saint-Arnaud, 2002, p. 222, our translation.)

According to Saint-Arnaud, authentic pleasures are a healing force. They have a combined effect on our values, which in turn have an impact on our health systems overall: they produce balance in our body, mind and spirit. Furthermore, authentic pleasure remains profoundly human, since it favours continued self-transcendent growth. He acknowledged all forms of pleasure, but he especially valued spiritual pleasures arising from intelligence.The joy of learning is the ultimate intellectual pleasure, for there is great satisfaction in discovering life artistically, philosophically and/ or scientifically. And, of course, he recognized the many pleasures associated with love, such as mutual validation, self-transcendence, security, creativity, spontaneity, friendship, intimacy and commitment.

In tribute to Professor Saint-Arnaud’s remarkable contributions to the field of counselling, psychotherapy and spirituality, Saint Paul University’s School of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality, together with the Society for Pastoral Counselling Research (SPCR) and l’Association canadienne des intervenants psychospirituels (formerly the Association des Psychothérapeutes Pastoraux du Canada, founded by Saint-Arnaud), will hold an international conference on March 17–19, 2016, entitled Positive Psychology: Healing through Pleasure. One of our featured speakers is noted psychologist Dr. Kenneth Pargament, who along with many other interesting presenters will engage you with fascinating topics chosen for your learning pleasure.

Christian Bellehumeur, Ph.D., is a psychologist, associate professor and director of the School of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario.

Fury Bring Home First Win of the Season

May 2, 2016 3:07 pm

All photos by Meagan Simpson. 

Ottawa Fury wowed fans Saturday, taking their first win of the season, and at home nonetheless.

The season home-opening game was just what the team needed after playing their first four games on the road without a win.

It’s hard to say whether it was playing for a home crowd, or players starting to click, but the Fury were able to beat the Miami FC 2-0. Their first goal came 25 minutes into the game, when newcomer James Bailey crossed the ball into the box from a freekick, tapped in by fellow newcomer Fernando (Timbo) Sanfelice, making the score 1-0.

The Fury held onto their lead after the first half, keeping Miami at bay.  Then after some great saves by Miami keeper Daniel Vega, Ottawa substitute Dennis Chin booted one into the top corner of Miami’s net in the last minutes of the game.


Chin, also playing his first season with the Fury, says getting that goal was just what he needed for himself and the fans.

Before coming into the home-opener on Saturday, the Fury had only scored one goal this season. Their first four games ended in one draw and three loses.

“We got (our first win) off our backs now, we know how to play, we tweaked some things during the week and it worked today,” says Chin.

New head coach Paul Dalglish says he wasn’t worried though. “I knew it was coming,” he told reporters after the match, “I’ve got complete trust in these players, the first four games were my fault.”

Dalglish says he was extremely pleased with how the team played today from a solid defence to shots on net. He says it took him some time to understand and learn the league, but now that he has he believes the team will start getting back to the success they saw at the end of last season.

The Fury saw many changes in the off season after their 3-2 loss in last season’s finals to the New York Cosmos. They lost head coach Marc Dos Santos, captain Ritchie Ryan and leading scorer Tom Heinemann.


Despite showing a fairly new group of players and coaching staff, Dalglish and his players believe they have what it takes to continue what they had last season.

“We have very experienced players, we don’t have any real rookies on our team so we’ve all been here,” says Chin, “and we have good leadership starting from the top down and we came in knowing we had to fight for the win.”

Fury moved up two spots after their win, placing them ninth overall, ahead of Miami FC.

Dalglish believes it’s only a matter of time before the team starts climbing up the standings.

Fans will find out if that’s true next weekend, when the Fury play their next home game, May 7th against Minnesota United FC before heading back on the road.

Breaking New Ground with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016

April 29, 2016 1:44 pm

Photo courtesy of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. 

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the seven astounding athletes that will be receiving the country’s highest sporting honour. These inductees have not only made a huge impact in their field of sport, but have utilized their influence in making Canada a better place for all.

“We are proud to be able to share the stories of the achievements of the Class of 2016 so that we can inspire all Canadians to be the best they can be in all aspects of life,” said Mario Siciliano, the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s President and CEO.

The Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Tire Corporation have come together to honour, celebrate and encourage Canadian values and the inspiring behaviour that each of these athletes possess. The class of 2016 has broken new ground when it comes to embodying Canadian ideals.

The newest inductees include Michael “Pinball” Clemons, four-time Grey Cup Champion with the Toronto Argonauts. Also inducted, Stephanie Dixon is a 19-time Paralympic medalist and world record holder in Para-swimming. Dr. Frank Hayden was inducted for creating the worldwide Special Olympics Movement. Sue Holloway is distinguished in her field as a four-time Olympian and the first woman to represent Canada at back to back Summer and Winter Olympic Games, competing in both Kayaking and Cross Country Skiing. Also inducted in the 2016 class is Colleen Jones, a two-time World Champion and youngest skip to ever win a Canadian Women’s Curling Championship. Alongside her is Annie Perreault, a three-time Olympian and double Olympic Gold medalist for Speed Skating. Last but not least, Bryan Trottier is a seven-time Stanley Cup winner.

The honour will be officially given to these extraordinary people on November 1, when Canadian Tire presents the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Ceremony at its new venue, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The athlete’s awards will then be showcased at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, where Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame honours the talented and inspirational athletes that have shaped our country in many ways. The seven new inductees will find their place among the 12 galleries, over 50 hands-on, interactive experiences and 100,000 artefacts that the award winning facilities has on display to show our country’s appreciation for its outstanding citizens.

Ottawa Boxers Bring Home Gold

April 20, 2016 1:45 pm

Photo Courtesy of Erica Adjei.

Two local boxers are putting Ottawa’s name on the boxing-world map, bringing home a national title and medals from this year’s boxing championships in Quebec City.

Erica Adjei (26) and Dave O’Reilly (28) competed at the 2016 National Canadian Boxing Championships earlier this month. When they returned, Adjei brought home her second gold medal and O’Reilly sported a bronze.

Adjei is the two-time elite women’s national champion in her weight class. This was her fourth time competing at nationals but first time defending her national title. After moving to a lower weight class a couple years ago, she found success and was crowned Canadian champion for the first time in 2015.

“Coming into nationals this [year] I was nervous because my coach always tells me it’s hard to get to the top, but it’s even harder to stay on top,” said Adjei.

This was O’Reilly’s first time qualifying for nationals. He says that even though he lost his fight and finished third, it was a good experience for his first time.

Both amateur boxers represent and train with Final Round Boxing. The Ottawa based club was founded by Eric Belanger, and as owner and coach he helps train Adjei and O’Reilly. He says it makes him happy to see their success and how it helps to improve Ottawa boxing’s local reputation.

Final Round has been around for 10 years and trains all kinds of boxers, from those just looking for a good workout, to amateurs like Adjei and O’Reilly and even professional boxers.

“[Ottawa is] a tough town to be boxing in,” says Belanger, “It’s not a boxing city but we’re making it work.” He has been working to improve the sport’s reputation and says that since he’s opened the club, interest and success appears to be in the ‘upswing’.

“There’s more boxing going on than there has been since the ’70s and ’80s,” he says.

Erica Adjei and Eric Belanger, owner of Final Round Boxing shows off the gold medal she received after her final match in Quebec City.

Erica Adjei shows off the gold medal she received after her final match in Quebec City. Eric Belanger (left) is the owner of Final Round Boxing. Photo Courtesy of Erica Adjei.

For Adjei and O’Reilly, boxing in Ottawa and training at Final Round has helped them find personal success.

Adjei has been boxing for about eight years. It all started in her last year of high school when a friend of hers was talking about joining a boxing gym with some other friends. Adjei chimed in, saying it was a good idea and they should all join together. The boy laughed at her, saying girls can’t box and even went as far as saying that even if she did join she wouldn’t be good anyway. Feeling stubborn and competitive, Adjei says she walked into a boxing gym a couple months later and hasn’t looked back since.

When’s she’s not working as a full time business analysts for a Canadian software company, Adjei is at the gym, spending every weeknight and Saturday running, boxing, training and sparring. She says moving to Final Round with her longtime coach, former champion boxer Greg Gayle, has helped provide her a with a more structured training program, pushing her to work harder.

It seems to be paying off, as two time Canadian champion Adjei is a part of the Canadian national team that competes internationally. She is travelling to her first world championships in a month in Kazakhstan, where she will be competing in her 54kg weight class.

“I want to see what I can do internationally, I want to see how many medals I can get, how many belts and wins I can get at that level,” Adjei says. “I would love to be on the podium, gold medal around my neck and the Canadian national anthem playing.”

For female amateur boxers in Adjei’s weight class, it doesn’t get much bigger than that. Women’s boxing was only introduced into the Olympics in 2012, with only three weight classes, not including Adjei’s. And funding for amateur boxers not in the three Olympic weight classes is almost non-existent.

Male boxers like O’Reilly have it a bit easier with more weight classes in the Olympics and the opportunity to move into professional boxing. O’Reilly says his goal is to become a professional boxer and make a career out of it.

He has been boxing for three years and joined Final Round over a year ago. O’Reilly lives in Quebec but trains at Final Round. He says he hopes to improve his technical treating and ring smarts then go back to nationals and take home the gold next year before trying to move pro.

“It means a lot [competing at nationals] because they’re telling you that you’re one of the best boxers in Canada, it’s fun to hear.”

Belanger says, “Hopefully as we develop and gets more [boxers like] Erica and Dave…people will realize it’s not just small, little, club level regional stuff. We’re competing in world class elite sports right here in our backyard.”

Senators Get a New GM

April 12, 2016 9:57 am

 A faceoff during the first playoff game between the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 2006 Stanley Cup.

After seven years as general manager, Bryan Murray (73) has announced he is stepping down from his role with the Ottawa Senators.

At a press conference on Sunday, Murray says he will be taking a more advisory role with the team while assistant general manager Pierre Dorion takes over as GM.

Update: Dorion’s first act as general manager has been the firing of the senators’ head coach, Dave Cameron. Dorion also let go of assistants Rick Wamsley and Andre Tourigny.

The position of head coach has not yet been filled, and Dorion will be keeping his eyes out for someone with NHL experience. Some have suggested that the club is looking at Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien as a replacement, but swinging that will be a anything but easy.

“We just felt we needed to make a full change,” Dorion said at a press conference on Tuesday morning. “we needed to have a clean slate.”

The coaching staff had been under evaluation for the past month according to Dorion. He says he was disappointed in the way the team played this season, giving up too many shots, and falling short defensively.

“We have a team that underachieved this year.”

Murray’s resignation does not come as a surprise. It was rumored that after a tough season for the Senators, changes were going to be made. Murray himself even mentioned a year ago that this would likely be his last season in the position.

He has been with the team since the 2005, and spent two-plus years as head coach. He led the Senators to their only appearance in a Stanley Cup final in 2007 where they played the Anaheim Ducks but ultimately lost after five games.

Midway through the 2007-08 season, Murray transitioned to GM and has been in the position ever since, making him the longest reigning Senators GM to date.


Ottawa Senators former general manager, Bryan Murray in 2013.

In November of 2014 Murray announced that he had been diagnosed with inoperable Stage 4 colon cancer. With the support of the team and his two assistant general managers, Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee, he was able to stay on.

This was Murray’s 34th year working in the NHL, before coming to the Senators he worked with Washington, Anaheim, Detroit and Florida.

As Murray now moves into an advisory role, Ottawa-native Dorion (43) is ready to take over. This past season marked Dorion’s ninth year with the Senators. Before that, he had spent two years as a scout for the New York Rangers and 11 years with the Montreal Canadiens.

Dorion told reporters at the press conference that the position did not come as a surprise to him, and that he’s known he’d be getting it, and was prepared. Murray had already been delegating duties to both Lee and Dorion, with Dorion playing a large role in contract negotiations and making trade decisions.

He said at the press conference his goal for the Sens is to build on the strong core that they have already created, but key changes will be made.

After a season plagued by injuries and inconsistencies, the Senators finished 11th in the Eastern Conference. Unlike last year, they were unable to pull off an end-of-season comeback, the Senators fell short and did not clinch a playoff spot.

This off-season may prove to be an interesting one, as the Senators led by Dorion try to get back to being a winning team.

Quick Ottawa Fury Facts Before the Season Opener

April 1, 2016 2:48 pm
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Two seems to have been Ottawa’s lucky number in 2015. Ottawa Fury FC, much like the Redblacks, made it to the North American Soccer League championships (or Soccer Bowl) after only two seasons together.

Whether you’re new to Ottawa or were inspired to start cheering for the team after their successful year, here are a few things to know about the Ottawa Fury FC.

Fury plays in the North American Soccer League (NASL), which consists of 11 teams across Canada and the United States. Home games are played at TD Place with regular season games starting April till October.

The year is broken down into two seasons, spring and fall, with a month long break from June to July. After playoffs, four teams make it to the Championship tournament. These teams are made up of the spring and fall champions plus the two other teams with the next-highest records. These teams then play for the Soccer Bowl trophy.

What you need to know about Ottawa Fury-image2In 2014, Fury players started their first season together. They finished with an average record, placing sixth overall and falling short of the playoffs.

While Fury and its management had been hoping for a better entry into the league, the season was not a complete loss. It gave the team experience and the building blocks they needed to develop for year two.

During the off-season, the franchise made minor changes but stuck with its veteran players. Starting 2015 with a strong core of players helped bring around a whole new season.

The first half of the year had Fury in eighth place, but in the fall, Fury astounded fans and newcomers alike by winning 13 of 20 games. This astounding streak landed them a spot in playoffs.

Much like the Redblacks, Fury FC made it all the way to the end, playing the New York Cosmos in the championship game. Unfortunately, also mirroring their football counterparts, Fury lost their championship dreams after the Cosmos came out on top 3-2.

Coach Marc Dos Santos was one reason for the team’s success. He created a stable and goal oriented environment for players to strive in. The NASL didn’t overlook his efforts, and Dos Santos was named Coach of the Year.

Players like the team’s top scoring striker Tom Heinemann and goalkeeper Romuald Peiser also contributed to the team’s success. Romuald was even awarded the Golden Glove by the NASL, naming him the top keeper in 2015.

Since losing to the Cosmos, Ottawa Fury has gone through many changes: most notably Dos Santos leaving, replaced by new head coach Paul Dalglish. A slew of players also left, including captain Richie Ryan.

With a successful year under their belt but many changes in the air, this year promises to be an interesting one for Fury soccer fans. All eyes will be on the team during the season’s first game, which takes place Sunday April 3 against the team that defeated them last year, the New York Cosmos. Stay tuned to Ottawa Life Magazine for continuing regular season coverage.

Art Competition Announced for Stanley Cup Memorial

March 30, 2016 2:00 pm
Stanley Cup exhibited at the Hockey Hall of Fame. (13 May 2008)
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Stanley Cup will soon find its home in Ottawa, or at least a monument dedicated to the trophy will.

The Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Inc., has announced a public art competition to design and build the memorial which will be donated to the City of Ottawa and revealed in 2017.

The big reveal is timed to commemorate the trophy’s 125th birthday. Lord Stanley of Preston donated the cup to the It was given to the “the championship hockey club of the Dominion of Canada” on March 18, 1892 in Ottawa. Stanley was known for his passion for the game, which many of his sons and daughters played in Ottawa.

The reveal also coincides with 100th anniversary of the NHL and Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. It will be placed at Sparks Street and Elgin, facing Confederation Square, where Lord Stanley originally announced the Cup in what was formerly the Russell House Hotel.

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Portrait of Lord Stanley of Preston May 1889 Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

 Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization that was created in 2010 by the late Paul Kitchen, (a local hockey historian) with the purpose of creating the monument and commemorating the historical event.

 The cost of the monument is to be $4.5 million with contributions from the federal government, the Senators, the NHL and the City of Ottawa.

 The group is currently calling for interested design teams from all over Canada to submit their qualifications and experience. Up to eight teams will be selected to submit design ideas and proposals.

 The winning team will be announced October 28th, with the monument being revealed in December 2017.

 Details of the competition can be found at

Hammond Stars as Senators Edge Closer to Playoffs

March 21, 2016 11:03 am

Photo courtesy

Saturday was a great night all around for the Ottawa Senators as they romped to a 5-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens to strengthen their push for a playoff spot.

As well as sending off one of their main rivals in a game that saw the Sens score three shorthanded goals, Ottawa also showed just what Andrew Hammond is capable of. The goalie produced his first shutout of the season in a sensational performance.

Having been thrust into action following Craig Anderson’s injury, Hammond has gone a long way towards proving that his incredible streak last season — in which the goalie went 20-1 with the Senators – was not luck alone.

While plenty of Ottawa fans felt there was a good chance Anderson’s injury would be the final nail in the franchise’s playoffs hopes, Hammond’s recent displays have sent out a message that Senators will still be playing hard over the next few weeks.

Having spent a month on the sidelines, 28-year-old Hammond made an immediate impression after stepping on the ice to replace Anderson at the beginning of March. Ottawa might still have a lot of work to do if they are going to squeak into the playoffs, but they’ll feel a lot better about their chances with Hammond in this sort of form.

"New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators -" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Dougtone

“New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators -” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Dougtone

Despite Montreal throwing everything they had at Hammond in the Senators goal, the Canadiens were frustrated time and again by the Ottawa stand-in keeper.

They watched as 30 shots bounced off an immaculate all-round performance by a player who is beginning to fulfil his NHL dream after spending years working his way up the lower leagues.

Since the Senators are coming up against a string of fellow playoff-chasing teams between now and the end of the current campaign, maintaining this form will be essential. Nowhere will this be more true than when they end the regular season against the Boston Bruins, a team priced at the time of writing at around 20/1 at  

With Hammond working miracles between the posts, the Senators were able to focus on offence and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Curtis Lazar, and Alex Chiasson all scored short-handed goals for the visitors, with Marc Methot and Mika Zibanejad adding the other goals in a game the Canadiens will be keen to forget.

In what was just the fourth time in franchise history, and first time since April 2008, Ottawa’s three short-handed goals highlighted just how dangerous the Senators are during a powerplay.

Ben Scrivens in the Canadiens’ goal more than held his own on the opposite side of the ice to Hammond, making 39 saves despite conceding five goals in a tough night at the office. But the fact the Ottawa offence managed to score five goals past such an inspired goalie really shows how dominant they were in a successful trip across Ontario.

Currently fifth in the Atlantic Division, time is running out for the Senators to book their place in the playoffs. But with a number of very winnable games coming up, there is still a chance the franchise could upset the odds and sneak into the post season at the last minute.

Article By David Harrison. 

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