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Local Ottawa sensor technology offers solutions to rising concussion concerns

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Business & Politics

By Kiran Rana and Philippe de Montigny When ten-year-old Cameron slammed head first into the boards during a hockey game, his coach and father Scott Clark thought nothing of it. “He had hit his head going into the boards but said he was fine and looked fine, so we let him back on the ice,” said Clark, a former e-commerce entrepreneur. It wasn’t until they returned home after the game that Clark realized his son was far from fine. Cameron started violently throwing up and after he was taken to the hospital it became clear to Clark his son had suffered a concussion. Within days of that experience, Clark...

Carleton pledges $4.3M to renovate aging recreation facilities

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Sports & Recreation

By Philippe de Montigny and Kiran Rana The swimming pool, indoor field house and outdoor lower field turfs are next on the list of renovation projects at Carleton University, the director of recreation and athletics Jennifer Brenning said Tuesday morning. More than 200 university administrators, department heads and student leaders gathered in the Fenn Lounge conference hall to hear Duncan Watt, vice-president of finance and administration, paint a picture of the university’s finances. When asked about major projects for Carleton’s athletics and recreation, Watt responded with quick wit. “We are looking at putting artificial turf on the lower playing field,” he said, prompting some laughter in the audience. “It...

Heritage committee gets last Olympic update before the new year

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Business & Politics

By Fangliang Xu The Russian government is intentionally delaying entry visas for some Canadian athletes in the leadup to the Sochi Winter Olympics, a parliamentary committee has heard. “We have already seen some gamesmanship,” Peter Judge, the CEO of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, told the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, describing some of the delays as “malicious.” “For example, the access to training, or even just getting a visa into the country, is extremely difficult,” Judge said. The committee heard from representatives from the bobsleigh, skeleton and ski teams today. In addition to Judge, the committee heard from Don Wilson, the chief executive officer of...

Gay community turning its back on bars

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Health & Wellness

By Emanuela Campanella and Beatrice Britneff More and more gay Ottawans are ditching the bar scene and looking to gay sports as a venue to seek same-sex friendships, club organizers say. Sport provides a friendly and active environment for the gay community to socialize says Guy Delorme, the coordinator of Gay Ottawa Volleyball. “It’s easier to meet people because you have a common type of activity,” Delorme says. “At bars … it becomes a market where you may meet someone, but in terms of long-term relationships, the odds of finding someone serious in that context is less than other settings.” Volleyball isn’t the only option out there for the...

Winter weather is no problem for dedicated runners

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Health & Wellness

By Roberta Bell and Sarah Turnbull It was dark, it was cold and with the exception of five women running through the slush on Richmond Road there were few people on the streets of Westboro Monday night. While others who work nine-to-five might find the prospect of mustering up the energy for a 2.5-kilometre run exhausting, that’s exactly what Bethany Elkins, Maureen McGrath, Christine Rivet, Cathy Delany and Julie Kulcha were doing. At a time when many Ottawa residents are preparing for a holiday filled with food and drink, these women were getting a head start on the new year’s resolution season. “If I could have the same effect sitting...

Anti-doping funding a temporary fix

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Business & Politics

By Beatrice Britneff and Emanuela Campanella Recent federal funding for Olympic anti-doping measures has come under fire from opposition New Democrats who say the law-and-order Tories haven’t gone far enough to crack down on performance enhancing drugs. “It’s only a couple of months until the Games, so I think that’s something important to keep in mind … it does sort of seem like a publicity stunt,” said Matthew Dubé, the NDP sports critic. Last month, the federal government and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees announced a combined one-time contribution of just under $1 million to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport—an independent, non-profit organization working to detect...