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Clock ticking for BlackBerry Today’s deadline marks the day when suitors must declare their bid for the smartphone maker David Friend TORONTO — A major deadline in the battle for BlackBerry’s future is set for today, and will likely reveal how many outsiders want — or can afford to — get their hands on the Canadian smartphone maker.

or who won’t, be bidding on this company,” said Carmi Levy, an independent technology analyst. “It’s really a fish-or-cut-bait day.” After a month and a half of near silence, it appears that any possible bidding war for BlackBerry’s businesses, which include

The Waterloo-based company has been trying to drum up interest in its assets for weeks, but only a few serious investors are expected to emerge, with the most likely candidates including both the founders of the company and its biggest stakeholder. “We are finally going to know who will,

smartphone hardware, enterprise assets and a patent portfolio, will only involve a few interested parties. And some of the most vocal investors may be shut out of the process. ‰

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Loved ones remember crash victim as ‘a good boy’

Golden moment for Highlanders

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Sir John A. Macdonald goalie Kelly Burns celebrates with teammates after they won gold at Saturday’s OFSAA field hockey championship game with a score of 1-0 against Resurrection. For story and photo, see Sports C1.


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The Canadian Press TORONTO — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged Sunday that he has made mistakes in his life, but left unanswered questions about the alleged crack video that has propelled him into the international spotlight. Rob Ford “I’m the first one to admit I am not perfect,” he said. ‰

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KITCHENER — On a sunless day in Kitchener, the future was becoming a lot clearer to Dr. Melanie Rodrigues. This weekend, Rodrigues, 27, took a close look at Kitchener and Waterloo as a community where she and her partner might settle when she’s ready to set up a family medicine practice. About 16 family medicine residents — as well as their partners or other guests — took part in the annual local tour.


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About 16 medical residents were touring the region Sunday as part of an initiative to get more doctors to settle here.




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CAMBRIDGE — A 20-year-old Cambridge man killed early Friday morning on Highway 401 west of Guelph Line is being remembered as a good boy who was always smiling. Jenn Kelly, mother of Brandon Nederpelt, said he never gave her any trouble. Brandon “He was a Nederpelt homebody,” Kelly said. “He never wanted to upset me. “He was just such a good boy.” Nederpelt was killed at about 3:30 a.m. when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer. He was on his way home from work in Milton at Gordon Food Service where he had been employed for about two months. Nederpelt was westbound and involved in a collision with another vehicle. The other car went off the road into a ditch. The Cambridge man’s car was then struck by a westbound transport truck.


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Thousands in region don’t have a doctor ‰ Tour continued from A1

The tour is hosted by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce in order to recruit young physicians to work here. Rodrigues, in her second year of family medicine residency at McMaster University in Hamilton, was excited about the possibilities here — so excited that she was already planning how to make a move to this area possible when she has finished her training. Kitchener and Waterloo are the right size, and they accommodate her broad interests that include low-risk obstetrics, palliative care and emergency medicine, she says. “I’m also interested in teaching and patient education.” Meanwhile, her partner, Nikolaus Jewell, is a nanodevice engineer with a background in health science. He has German origins and an entrepreneurial streak, which is satisfied by the region’s wealth of tech companies and universities, she says. “This community is the intersection of what he does and what I do,” Rodrigues said in an interview at a luncheon at the Communitech Hub in The Tannery on Saturday. “This weekend solidified it for me.” What’s more, the community’s pace is right, not as frenetic as Mississauga where she grew up, she said, and there’s a feeling that new ideas and energetic, young community-builders are welcome. Heck, the couple, who plan to marry, even drive here from Hamilton where they live just to have coffee some weekends at Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, an inviting Parisian-style café in the former Tannery building where Communitech, a hub for technology commercialization, is located. “Balzac’s is his favourite coffee shop,” she says. “We like the culture of innovation. It’s the little


The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce held the tour to recruit young physicians to work in the region. There are approximately 20,000 Kitchener and Waterloo residents without a family doctor. IN QUOTES MARY SUE FITZPATRICK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE VICE-PRESIDENT

“Provincially and locally, about 25 per cent of existing doctors are at retirement age now.” things, like drinking coffee and talking over ideas in an environment” where you can see people hatching ideas around you, she says. “There’s the feeling of ideas developing, happening here.” Rodrigues’ enthusiasm is exactly what Mary Sue Fitzpatrick likes to hear. About 20,000 Kitchener and Waterloo residents are without a family physician right now, says Fitzpatrick, the chamber’s vicepresident, family physician resources. While that’s an improvement since 1998, when there were more

than 40,000 people without access to a family doctor, it’s still a concern for the chamber, especially when you consider that many family doctors are about to retire, she says. “Provincially and locally, about 25 per cent of existing doctors are at retirement age now,” she says. At this time, some local doctors would like to retire, but are staying because they’re concerned about leaving their patients without a doctor, she says. “There are about three or four practices they (new doctors) can just walk into.” The chamber has helped recruit more than 150 family physicians since 1998, she says. Eight doctors settled here last year, and another eight are committed to come this year. Some of them are interested in the new Boardwalk Medical Centre, which is underway at The Boardwalk development in Waterloo, she says.

“They’re hoping to have 24 general practitioners” as well as a number of specialists when it opens, she says. Many young practitioners want to be able to walk in the door of a medical facility and begin practising medicine, she says. They like the collegiality, access to mentors and being able to focus on their patients. About 17 or 18 additional doctors in Kitchener and Waterloo would eliminate the list of 20,000 people without physicians at this time, Fitzpatrick said. “I probably get 100 phone calls a month from people with family or parents and they don’t have a doctor, and not everybody knows to phone me,” she says. She says residents without doctors should contact Health Care Connect, a provincial program that helps people find a family doctor or nurse practitioner. The weekend event, which included a tour of the hospital,

The Boardwalk, St. Jacobs and residential neighbourhoods, impressed some doctors and their partners who are looking for a community with both city and country features. “We are looking to practise in a smaller community compared to Toronto,” says Maria Zago, whose partner, Dr. Rodolfo Dominguez, was on the tour. “I think it’s a good balance here.” The couple, originally from Mexico, moved from Vancouver in the summer to live in Toronto while Dominguez completes his residency at Scarborough General Hospital. With three sons ages five, three and one, the couple is looking for a place with good schools and opportunities for Zago, who has a PhD in biochemistry with a specialty in cancer research. “I’m in a situation where I’m happy working anywhere really, as long as my wife is doing well and enjoys where she is working and the kids have good opportunities,” Dominguez says. Dr. Sabrina Berdouk was looking at Kitchener as a potential home for her parents and siblings, too. “My family is important to have around,” says Berdouk, who was accompanied by her brother. Berdouk, originally from Montreal, says she would like a community where she can teach as well as include urgent care and obstetrics in her practice. Doctors and their partners said they appreciated the chance to peer into their future. “What do you want your life to look like?” says Chris Bachmann, a PhD student in transportation engineering whose partner is in her first-year of residency in Toronto. “We’re exploring. If you’re a physician, you have the opportunity to live anywhere.”

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“I have made mistakes,” Ford told his weekly radio show. “Unfortunately, I cannot change the past, I can just move forward and learn from the past, which, I assure you, I’m doing.” Ford apologized to his family, members of city council and Toronto taxpayers. He said he was referring to being inebriated in public and texting while driving. “A lot of stupid things, it’s all self-inflicted,” he said while promising he would make changes. “I also know that to move forward, I have to make changes in my life, which I will assure you I can do,” he said. “I want to keep working for the people of this city.” Ford didn’t talk about the con-

tents of the video that police say appears to be the one that two media outlets say allegedly appears to show him smoking crack cocaine. He said he hasn’t seen the video so it’s impossible to explain its contents. “Obviously when the video is released, I’m going to explain to the best of my ability what’s in the video,” said Ford, who called on police chief Bill Blair to release the video so everyone can see it. “Whatever this video shows, folks, Toronto residents deserve to see and people need to judge for themselves what they see on this video,” Ford said. “That is the right thing to do and chief, I’m asking you to release this video now.” Blair said Thursday the video

will be evidence in the case against Alexander Lisi — a friend and sometimes driver for the mayor. Police allege Lisi tried to get his hands on the video and charged him with extortion. List was granted bail Friday. Toronto Police said Sunday that it is up to the courts to decide whether evidence is released to the general public. After reports of the alleged video first surfaced in the Toronto Star and the U.S. website Gawker in May, the mayor said he does not use crack cocaine and that the video does not exist. He steadfastly refused to talk about the issue for months, but Blair’s stunning announcement Thursday that police had what

appeared to be the video triggered a torrent of calls for Ford to either resign or address the issue. Ford met privately Saturday with deputy mayor Norm Kelly, who relayed concerns from city councillors about the fallout from the police revelations. Kelly appealed Sunday for everyone, including Ford’s critics on city council, to give the mayor a second chance. “I would urge my colleagues to do that, to show that this is more than just rhetoric … that in fact he has learned his lesson,” Kelly said in a phone interview after the radio show. Kelly said Ford addressed some of the concerns councillors asked him to pass on to the mayor on Saturday, including acknowledg-

ing the impact of some of his actions and promising to get a fulltime chauffeur. On top of the video story, there have been repeated accounts of Ford appearing intoxicated in public. He acknowledged having too much to drink during a Toronto street festival last summer as well as being intoxicated on St. Patrick’s Day last year. The Toronto Star reported Friday that security guards indicated Ford was very intoxicated and struggling to walk and swore at one of his staff members. The Star said the account was in an incident report sent by one of the guards to a supervisor and was released after a freedom of information request.

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