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NCPR News Staff: Lucy Martin

Ottawa Correspondent
Lucy Martin covers regional news and events from her home in rural Ottawa. Her radio roots go back to the early years of Hawaii Public Radio, where she had many roles, including news anchor and station announcer. A family move traded ordinary Honolulu for exotic Canada in 1999. Lucy enjoys village life with her husband, Craig Miller. When not editing sound or text on her laptop, she likes to garden, read, travel and play outdoors. E-mail

Stories filed by Lucy Martin

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Charity Lottery in Ottawa

A much-anticipated event in the Ottawa region sweetens the holiday season. The "Dream of a Lifetime" Lottery is a successful fundraiser for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, nicknamed "CHEO". The prizes include cars, cruises and gift certificates. But what really captures the public's imagination is the grand prize package: A new luxury home - furnished. Plus moving and legal services, cash and merchandise, a new car, and free groceries, for a year. All together, worth about $1 million, U.S. And this pleasant fantasy is all the sweeter in Canada, where lottery winnings go untaxed. Lucy Martin stopped took the dream home tour with some of the hopeful participants:  Go to full article

Ottawa Adresses Urban-Rural Divide

When Ottawa was re-drawn to incorporate neighboring townships in 2001, the city that emerged was equivalent in size to all of New York's Clinton County. Roughly 90 percent of the new city's population resides in urban settings, while 90 percent of the land area remains rural. Centralization produced rural resentment that decisions were being made by a downtown bureaucracy which seemed culturally, and physically, remote. Responding to mounting frustrations, Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli eventually called for a rural summit, which was held last week. Ottawa's City Council has followed up by earmarking two million dollars to fund summit-identified priorities. The two-day event wound up over the weekend. Lucy Martin filed this report.  Go to full article

Ottawa Brings Rural and Urban Together

In the late 90's, the Province of Ontario decided there were significant cost-savings to be found in municipal amalgamation. In 2001, the province ordered 11 historically-independent cities and townships to consolidate. They did, making an expanded City of Ottawa. The "forced marriage" has not gone smoothly.
While the majority of the new city's population lives in the urban core, almost 92 percent of the total area remains rural. A chorus of complaints has risen. Rural residents say they've lost services - and access to their representatives. Meanwhile, they now live with city-style rules and bureaucracy. Many of the old townships had carefully-guarded budget surpluses, while the new City of Ottawa has seen tax increases and chronic budget shortfalls. This week, Ottawa hosted a long-planned "Rural Summit" to bring urban and rural together. Lucy Martin reports.  Go to full article

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