Jack MacLaren

Spokesman Billy Morrison’s emailed response reads, in full: “MPP MacLaren's position is that it is not appropriate to comment on matters concerning former staff. He values all those who have worked hard in his constituency office.”

Ottawa Senators

Fans will have the opportunity to meet players, watch a team practice and take part in interactive games at the Ottawa Senators Fan Fest in Kanata on Sept. 25.

Perley Rideau embraces push-up challenge

Frank Chamberland, left, of Riverview Park, and Landon Brady, right, of Westboro, show off their muscle power on Aug. 24 along with Second World War veteran George Roper, a resident of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.

All packed up

Volunteers finsh packing hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies for children in need at the Westgate Shopping Centre on Aug. 23. The Caring and Sharing Exchange, who organizing the Sharing and Student Success program, said they plan to keep accepting donations into September to deal with the program's waiting list.

Pediatric Physio and Occupational Therapy

Amanda Dresch is one of two occupational therapists at Pediatric Physio and Occupational Therapy in Kanata. The treatment rooms are filled with fun items like a rock wall, swings and a pressure roller, seen here, which is a calming tool that puts pressure on a person's nerves. 'All our therapy is done through play,' says Dresch. 'There's so much going on in their brain; we help them get it out of their bodies.'

Funding renewed for offload program

Dr. Guy Hébert, an emergency room doctor who also oversees the emergency departments at the General and Civic campuses of the Ottawa Hospital, says provincial funding for emergency room nurses who monitor less urgent patients after they are brought in by ambulance frees up paramedics and ensures care is received more quickly.

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