August 2018

Strategic Meeting

Onyx founder Captain(N) Mark Eldridge meets with Pastor Sue and Cesar to discuss fall schedule and current events.

Big Thank You

Thanks to Cadmens Bakery on Montreal road for their ongoing donations for the meal programs and drop in.

June 2018

Mario Kezic

Onyx welcomes Mario as ou new I.T. Intern.

Pastor Rob from the Vanier / Bikers Community church meets to discuss partnerships and events.

Pastor Sue hangs out in the drop in with Elsa, cassy-Lynne and and Annick.

April 2018 news

Thank you to Swiss Chalet Vanier/St. Laurent/Montreal rd for providing meal tickets to folks in the Drop in.

Brandon Boire reiceves the 2 year community service award from ED, Sue Landry.

Tom Deafy and board members present Father Jason Pollick of St. Margarets Vanier church with a life saving AED machine for the church hall.

Give customers a reason to do business with you.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, April 28th, 2018

Detail your servicesTotal raised - $250.00

Thanks to all who donated, Loblaws Vanier, Chef Peter Garu, Top Cover, Dumouchel Meats, Costco, Cash and Carry

Brandon, Annik and Pastor Sue welcome folks in

Winning prizes with the kids

Steve Young is presented with the Onyx Community award.

Rock and Roll Eagle

Tom Deafy is presented with the Eagle award for his continuous music and support to the community

MPP Vanier Nathalie Des Rosiers Tours Onyx April 2018


Pierrette Smith receives Community Award

NDP Lyra Evans, candidate for Ottawa/Vanier visits and tours.

Breaking Weekend News! February 17th, 2018.

ROBBERY on Montreal Rd. Vanier Pot Shop!

Police are on the search for 3 suspects as a weapon was discharged and an employee assaulted in the braizen noontime heist!

RCMP and Ottawa Police were called on scene by weed shop 911 call from owners.

What Happens when the Salvation Army moves in?

From shower cell inmate to believer By Larry Seguin


On April 8, 2016, former corrections minister Yasir Naqvi was quoted as saying, “I think we are failing our society and taxpayers if that’s the solution we think is appropriate” in response to a question about building a new jail for Ottawa.  

At the time, I supported Naqvi’s comments.  

What didn’t sit right with me was the thought of increasing capacity when the push from the current jail task force has been to decrease the demand for cells by fixing the bail and court system.  

But after meeting with Corrections Minister Marie-France Lalonde, recently, I’ve had a change of heart.  

The government seems to have a solid plan that will make many changes — not only for OCDC but for jails across Ontario.

Former OCDC inmate — and shower cells occupant — Larry Seguin

( OCS Client ) met Ontario Corrections Minister Marie-France Lalonde.. 

Jason Genge is seen in provincial court in Corner Brook on Friday. - Diane Crocker


A man described as being at an important juncture in his life was given the opportunity to continue on the path of sobriety and maintain employment through a somewhat unique sentence for this province.

Jason Simeon Genge, originally of Brig Bay on the Northern Peninsula, was given a four-month conditional sentence in provincial court in Corner Brook on Friday morning.

The unique thing about Genge’s sentence is that he will be subject to electronic monitoring through a bracelet equipped with a GPS (Global Positioning System) and if, necessary, one that offers radio frequency monitoring.


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The GPS system will track his movements in real time and enable him to travel from this province to Alberta to work. The system Genge will use can track him anywhere there is a cellphone tower. While not working he’ll reside in Deer Lake.

He’ll also have to wear another bracelet that will monitor him for alcohol consumption once every 30 minutes.

As part of the conditional sentence order imposed by Judge Catherine Allen-Westby, Genge was to immediately register with Recovery Science Corporation. He must enter into an agreement with the Ontario company on the provision of the service. The cost of monitoring is to be paid for by Genge.

The company provides all monitoring for the system and alerts the appropriate authorities should a breach be detected. Genge’s conditional sentence supervisor will also be able to access the monitoring system should they person chose.

The province used to offer an electronic monitoring program that monitored offenders in their homes, but it was cut in April 2013.

Genge’s lawyer, Robby Ash, proposed using the electronic monitoring in a submission on sentencing on Thursday.

Genge was convicted of five charges — including a breach of a probation order from March 25, 2016, an assault and breach of a probation order from July 23, 2016 and breaches of a recognizance and a probation order from July 2, 2017.

Genge was impaired when all the incidents that resulted in the charges occurred. The assault involved throwing an empty beer bottle at a woman he was involved with.

An alcoholic, Ash said Genge has been clean and sober since July 2017 and that he recognizes alcohol as a common denominator in his offences. His record includes convictions for failing to comply with court orders.

Ash noted Genge has never committed an offence while sober.

Following his conditional sentence Genge will be subject to 18 months of probation and Allen-Westby said he must continue with the alcohol monitoring for the first two months of his probation.

She said without his commitment to sobriety and willingness to enter into the monitoring program he would have been sentenced to time at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s.

And she was satisfied he will abide by the conditions of his sentence as the risk of detention is great enough to deter him.

Genge declined to comment on the sentence on Friday. On Thursday he told the court that in practicing sobriety he’s had to get honest with himself.

“I’ve always had this lurking notion that one day I could drink like a normal person. So there’s been periods of sobriety where I’ve been healthy and I said maybe I can pick that drink up again. I know today I can’t.”


Life Inside Ottawa 's Jail. The Nightmare, And The Truth.

Ottawa man arrested, five people sought after fentanyl raid

 A 60-year-old man faces a number of drug trafficking charges following the seizure of 15 grams of fentanyl powder in a raid at a Carlingwood area apartment Tuesday.

 Ottawa police said an ongoing drug unit investigation led to the raid in the 1400 block of Caldwell Avenue.

 Royston Christie was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of proceeds of crime...


Devon Labelle, 24, named as man killed in Montreal Road stabbing

Witnesses say group of men surrounded Labelle, attacked him, then fled

Ottawa police have identified the man killed in a daylight stabbing Thursday in the city's Vanier neighbourhood. Devon Labelle, 24, was killed in the attack on Montreal Road...


‘It’s a nightmare for them’: Mothers of inmates in Ottawa jail to host public forum

 “It’s just completely unbelievable that we can have a place like this in Canada,” said one mother whose son has been in and out of the Ottawa jail. 

Diane has never served a day in jail in her life, but she says she feels like she has after hearing horror stories from her son over...


Mentally ill inmate turned away at hospital before hanging self

A mentally ill man had gone to the Ottawa Hospital looking for help eight days before he hanged himself in his segregation cell in Ottawa’s jail, according to his lawyer.

Defence lawyer Karin Stein said police reports revealed that Justin St-Amour went to the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus complaining he was suicidal on Nov. 22, but wasn’t admitted.

They told him, ‘You don’t have a mental illness and we are not going to let you stay here,’” Stein said. St-Amour then allegedly threatened his disability support worker...


Seeing Things As They Are

by Dr. Julie Doobay

Have you ever caught yourself overreacting to a situation that did not warrant the response? Have you ever found yourself taking a seemingly innocent action personally? Have you ever misinterpreted an email, a conversation, or the actions or remarks of another? Overreacting suggests that the emotional or physical response was exaggerated in comparison to the actual event or circumstance. We have all had moments like this, but there are actions we can take if we wish to change the way that we respond or react...