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gateway into the community,” he said. “I think that we need to be cognizant of that in our planning and at the same time we have to be sensitive to the cost of the project.” A large portion of data is still unavailable, namely the costs associated with each bridge type. Desroches said he’s directed city staff and engineers to keep cost in mind during the design stages. “I’ve also signaled to the NCC (National Capital Commission) that while we need to build a gateway into the community, we need to be cognizant of the costs,” he said. “This is a bridge that will last for decades, if not a century. I think we should take the time to design a bridge that the residents can be proud of. The meeting also highlighted that there are a number of partners in this process because it is a heritage waterway.” Before the bridge design can be approved federally, it needs to pass under the careful scrutiny of groups like the NCC and Parks Canada, which are both very interested in ensuring the historical safety of the Rideau. N. JAHN / WEEKENDER STAFF

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The city’s website, dedicated to the bridge, notes: “The location of the bridge was determined in the 1993 Rideau River Bridge Location Feasibility (Strandherd Drive/Armstrong Road) Environmental Assessment (EA) study undertaken by the former Region. The following excerpt from that

study describes the background analysis that identified the need for this bridge. “‘In addition to determining the location of the bridge, the Rideau River Bridge Location Feasibility EA Study determined the alignment of both Strandherd Drive from Greenbank Road to Prince of Wales Drive, and Earl Armstrong Road from River Road to east of Spratt Road (4.9 km in total).

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"This EA provides the necessary environmental approval for the StrandherdArmstrong Bridge. “The Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge was again revisited during the NorthSouth Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project (Rideau Centre to Barrhaven Town Centre) EA study and its need reconfirmed.” Concepts, designs and approvals are expected to take up the next year. Tenders and construction are expected by late 2010. with the bridge slated to be completed by late 2011 or early 2012. The bridge has experienced setbacks, which is evident when looking at EAs dating back to 1993, while a quick look at the city's website will show documents dating back years. However, the bridge is now in the city's transportation master plan, so it won't be going anywhere. While there is no date for the second public information session, the city will announce the date and location closer to the time. Nathan.jahn@metroland. com

ORMG STAFF It’s the Christmas season, it’s snowing and 12,000 students from Grade 7 to Grade 12 are left stranded – not to mention the rest of Ottawa’s population who rely on public transit. The city of Ottawa is facing its first transit strike in 12 years. At 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 9, city spokesman Michael FitzPatrick announced that no further talks between the city and the transit union would take place. At 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 10 the strike took affect. The city projects a 20 per cent increase in car traffic for the duration of the strike. Some commuters think this strike untimely. “It couldn’t have come at a worse time,” said Marc Riendeau as he waited for a bus a day before the strike loomed. Riendeau is a regular transit user, using the bus up to four times per day. He isn’t quite sure how he will get around now that the strike has become a reality. “It’s not very fair. Everybody is getting screwed,” he

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back one way or another. I’m going to try to convince my buddies to drive me. It’s brutal for Ian and I. It’s going to be a rugged time.” The city made a final offer the following Sunday, presenting a three-year deal with three-, two- and two-per-cent wage increases in each year, retroactive to April 1st and a one-time $2,000 signing bonus to each member. The city proposed to take some scheduling control away from workers in order to run operations more efficiently. As well, they proposed that more overtime and weekend work and collaboration with the union in contracting out matters would be enforced. The union expects a threeyear contract with increases of 3.5 per cent in each year and is not satisfied with the city’s proposal. The city said they aren’t prepared to budge at this point. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty urged both sides to get back to the bargaining table with no luck. Innes Coun. Rainer Bloess introduced a motion on Dec. 10 calling on the federal government to declare transit an essential service, which fell through without passing.

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charged driver, who was following another vehicle through the Rideau Valley Dr. and Bankfield Road intersection, mentioned that she thought he was going to go through the yellow light, but ended up stopping at the intersection. When she tried to stop her car, it slid on the snow covered roadway and ended up colliding into the rear bumper of the lead car. In a Dec. 10 incident, the charged driver rear-ended another vehicle that managed to stop for another vehicle that had spun out of control on black ice. Remember, 'tiss the season for snow and ice. Stay safe out there by driving defensively, slowing down — posted speed limits reflect ideal conditions and not wet or snowy conditions, and keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you — on slippery road surfaces, double the two-second rule.

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e have come to that point in time when it's really, really important that you read and act on this editorial plea to take the time to tap out a few hundred words that recap your achievements over the past year and your hopes and goals for 2009. That's right, folks, it's last call for submissions for our year-end edition when we open our pages to you to tell your stories in your own words and photos. Don't be shy. We know you've had a busy year and we know we didn't make it to every event — perhaps, in our defence, because organizers forgot to tell us it was coming up or even that it had just happened. This upcoming year-end special edition is our way of saying we care about what you accomplished and what you hope to do next year. As you'll read below, we know that the Osgoode Lions have been busy raising money for worthy causes and good deeds. And we know they're not alone. So come on all you service clubs who have helped build arenas and Legion branches and so many other things. Come on all you minor sports groups who have had team and individual successes in 2008. Come on all you schools and skaters, dancers and curlers, youth and seniors groups and associations. Heck, we're even offering space to our city, provincial and federal politicians to look back and ponder, and look ahead and dream. But please keep it short so we can get in as many as possible. A couple of typed pages, double spaced, should be lots. E-mail is better than hard copy; photos should be 300 DPI JPG attachments, or dropped off at our office so we can scan them. We'll fit in as many as we can. Merry Christmas!

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EVERY HOCKEY FAN'S DREAM: Councillor Steve Desroches is joined by his family, Michelle, Jack and Bennett as well as Mayor Larry O'Brien to view the Stanley Cup in celebration of the 125th anniversary of hockey in Ottawa. Guarding the Stanley silverware are Holly Raymond and Craig Roberts.

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es, I know you were expecting someone new in this space this week. Well... Surprise! Trust me, no one is more surprised than moi... Actually, there have been a few surprises in my life of late. By far the most enjoyable was a chance encounter with the Osgoode Lions Club selling raffle tickets inside the entrance to the village groceteria. I had neither cash nor coin when I stopped to converse with the lads hawking the tickets being sold to raise funds for a variety of the Lion's worthy causes. Not a problem. I was quickly advised that when I used my debit card to

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buy groceries, I could simply request a cash top up. And thus did I obtain the funds to purchase not one but three raffle tickets. Flash forward a couple of weeks and my wife fields a

night call for me while I am still at the office, loyally pushing through the pages that you were soon to read, and thinking deep thoughts about what I would write that week on this page.

We tend not to answer our phone at night unless we recognize the number, particularly if my beloved has control of the TV remote and cannot (or will not) pause the on-screen action while I rise from my comfy chair to check the phone I am unlikely to answer. But, this time she answered it. I noticed her note the next day and asked if this was another number I was to ignore in future. "No," she said. "Call this one. You won something." Oh, joy, oh rapture. Good news finally in the midst of a rather bemusing week. I called and was duly informed by the nice man from the Osgoode Lions Club that I had indeed won first prize.

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A few suggested I sell them. I'd make a bundle, I was assured. Well, I'm keeping the tickets. Gonna go watch some world-class hockey, kick back and start working on the book proposal for later in the new year. As I recall, my publisher is a hockey nut, so all should end well. So, I want to thank the Lions for shaming me into topping up my groceries and supporting their worthy causes. I want to thank all of you who, over the past many months have taken the time and made the effort to tell us what's going on and what's coming up. I'll be thinking of you while I'm watching the ice. Go Canada!

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I honestly try to buy raffle tickets and support what worthy causes I can afford, but I also tend to forget what the prize is that I may — but almost certainly will not — win. I seemed to recall that this draw had something to do with hockey tickets. I was correct. It turns out I had won a pair of tickets to all 18 games, including all Team Canada matches and all medal-rounds — including the gold — for the upcoming International World Junior Hockey championships. All games to be played at Scotia Bank Place. Sweet! My cohorts at the office were quick to volunteer to accompany me.

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<<< OPS From Page 3 Scratching his head in bewilderment, the complainant immediately called the police to report the theft incident before pulling his trailer out of the snow-filled ditch and transporting it home. It is always a wise idea to lock up any movable objects such as trailers, skidoos and ATVs, with wheel locks or chains. Mischief: Dec. 9 Fourth Line Rd., North Gower:

Police were called to a home in North Gower for a possible mischief to property incident. A complainant was alerted to suspicious activity inside of his garage after his alarm chime unexpectedly sounded. When the complainant went outside to investigate, he observed three male youths running away from his property and down the street. Inside of the garage, the complainant found two snowmobile trail signs that were left behind by the youths.

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A complainant called the OPS Call Centre to report a theft from vehicle incident. Sometime between 5:30 p.m., Dec. 4, and 8 p.m. the following day, unknown suspects broke into the complainant’s locked vehicle, by prying open and unlocking the front passenger door, and stole four new Hankook winter tires on aluminum rims. Dec. 9 Prince of Wales Drive: Sometime between 9 p.m., Dec. 8, and 7 a.m. on this day, unknown suspects entered onto the car lot of Dan Murphy Ford and stole four brand new Goodyear Wrangler tires from a 2009 black Ford Ranger pickup truck. Others: Dec. 5 Fairway Dr., Carleton Golf & Yacht Community: Shortly after 4 p.m., police received a suspicious incident call involving a doorto-door sales person. The complainant reported that a female sales rep., from Universal Energy, was asking to see her hydro bill and was very insistent about it. Police spoke with the sales person and reported that everything was in order. Energy marketers, by law, must immediately and truthfully identify themselves. If you have any doubts about someone claiming to repre-

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BILL NEEDED TO ACHIEVE 4.9 PER CENT GOAL proach to the 2009 Operating Kent Kirkpatrick, and trea- to get to 4.9 per cent. Many $600,000 (as per Plamondon

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am not a strong supporter of “omnibus” motions as some may view them as bypassing the democratic process. However, they are not new to city council. All levels of governments have and continue to use omnibus motions or bills. The two council-approved omnibus motions forced the majority of council to work collaboratively. Before discussing the

Glenn Brooks content of the two omnibus motions proposed by Councillor Chiarelli and seconded by me, and passed by council, I want to outline my ap-

and Capital Budgets. Commencing in May, I reviewed all city-approved budgets since 2001 by department, by branch, by program/service and all related documentation such as, the Fiscal Framework document, with senior staff. I also reviewed audited Consolidated Statements from 2001 to 2007 with our treasurer. Prior to the budget, council heard from over 200 delegations over four days. In Ward 21, I scheduled public meetings to discuss the 2009 draft budget. City manager,

surer Marian Sumiluk were present in Manotick and Richmond, respectively. Further, prior to budget discussions, I surveyed some 2,200 ward residents on all proposals for elimination/deferral/reductions and some others not recommended. I also asked my Financial Advisory Group for their recommendations. Finally, I listened to what the Mayor’s group — a coalition of Councillors, and to what my colleagues were proposing. The first group wanted to cut everything ($32.5M)

of my colleagues wanted to add services and/or projects that would have resulted in a greater increase. I sought a reasonable balance to protect some very important social services and advance financial sustainability (spending control). Not an easy task. It became apparent to many of us that to achieve the 4.9 per cent goal, councillors must accept some water in their wine. Those who supported both omnibus motions recognized the need to consult with the treasurer and senior staff. That we did in both omnibus motions. Capital Budget Motion That the 2009 capital budget be approved, incorporating the following reductions, deferrals and new projects, such that the funds from citywide reserves that are no longer needed for reduced, eliminated and deferred projects be used to replace infrastructure levy funds, all in accordance with the fiscal framework: a. Reduce IT Investment Fund - $5,000,000 (as per Plamondon presentation);\ b. Eliminate IT Infrastructure Levy Allocation - $ 1,000,000; c. Reduce IT- Renewal Business Applications -

presentation); d. Reduce eGovernment $1,100,000 (as per Plamondon presentation); e. Reduce Natural Environment Acquisition $5,750,000 (to be achieved through land swaps); f. Eliminate the proposed funding to the Business Continuity and Vulnerability program - $1,000,000; g. Defer the Mooney’s Bay Complex – 1 year $1,585,000; h. Add $2.8 million for the rehabilitation of Preston Street between Spruce and Albert i. Add $2.9 million for the construction of the Old Ottawa South Community Centre. j. Add for $475k for Belltown dome, Healthy Markets and the STO area traffic management projects. k. Add Southwest Transitway (Baseline to Norice) project funded by the transit reserve funds. I supported all of the above items that included Nicoll’s Island ($1.6 million capital project). RE: Transit strike - the city is trying to move negotiations forward. As always, I am here to serve: 580-2424 ext. 31310 or e-mail: glenn.brooks@ Ottawa.ca.

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DASHED TO KEEP TAX LEVY TO on January 10th. If interested, please contact Denise Bellingham at (613) 5802424 ext. 30245 or denise. bellingham@ottawa.ca . Area Program information now available at URL link: manotick.net/cityrecreation . For more information on area programs and services, please contact (613) 5802424 ext. 30325. Citywide Recreation Guides are available at the Client Services Centre or online at www.ottawa.ca .

Doug Thompson track of your total monthly minutes of physical activity and contribute them to the total ‘kilometres walked” by Osgoode Ward residents. All activity counts including planned exercise and household chores (20 minutes = 1 km). You can also use a pedometer through the day (1250 steps = 1 km). Walking Clubs Greely An indoor walking club that runs from October to May / June Osgoode An indoor walking club that runs from September to May / June Vernon An indoor walking club that runs year around For more information or to register, please contact Barbara O’Brien-Litten, Public Health Nurse, at (613) 5806744 ext. 26173 or Barbara. OBrien-Litten@ottawa.ca . Well Water Testing You can drop off your samples on any Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Metcalfe Library.

Holiday Fun at Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum On Dec. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., join us as we make "Frosty Friends" and other treasures to decorate the tree or table. On Jan. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., join us as we create a gumdrop wonderland and other seasonal crafts. To register, please call (613) 821- 4062. The cost is five dollars per child.

OSGOODE / RIDEAU RECREATION INFO Osgoode / Rideau Recreation Christmas Break Camp This holiday program provides children with a variety of fun and educational activities planned to enhance the festive season. Free precare from 7:30 to 9 a.m., and post-care from 4 to 6 p.m. Camp is located at the Greely Community Centre and now at the Manotick Community Centre. Cost is $125.00. Please note, there is no program on Jan. 1. For more information, please contact (613) 5802424 ext. 30330.

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Why I voted against the budget; transit update STEVE DESROCHES COUNCILLOR GLOUCESTER SOUTH NEPEAN LEADERSHIP WALKS OUT ON FAIR DEAL would first like commend the community for coming together to deal with the walkout and strike by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279. I have heard inspiring stories of neighbours helping neighbours during these difficult times. I have also spoken to a number of businesses in the ward who, despite the challenges, are weathering the storm. You should know that the City of Ottawa made a fair offer to the union. The offer included salary increases of 3, 2 and 2 per cent over three years, additional paid sick days, improved health benefits and tuition grants of new transit drivers. Despite these fair concessions, on Dec. 10, the ATU leadership ended negotiations and began a citywide transit strike. This was perplexing given the modest settlements and experiences of other public sector agreements in these tough economic times. You may have heard the sticking point is scheduling.

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system by $3.4 million each year! And, the city would share some of these productivity savings by providing drivers with a one-time payment. I find it odd that the unions have said that they want to work with the city in finding efficiencies but choose to walk out when a fair and reasonable deal is on the table. I am very interested in your thoughts and comments on the situation. To learn more about what the city is doing to reach a fair settlement and restore your transit service, call 311 or visit www.octranspo. com. BUDGET 2009 Last week, council ratified the 2009 budget with a 4.9 percent tax increase. I voted against the budget. I would have preferred an approach that saw council review the operating budget in an effort to get the lowest tax rate as possible. Sadly, both Mayor O’Brien and I were on the losing side of that vote. Strangely, this detailed review was an approach that many of my colleagues supported at the beginning of the process. This is also why all the committee chairs and vice-chairs were part of

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Kuba enjoying new hockey home lot of minutes on the ice. Q: What do you like most about being a part of the powerplay unit? A: It’s good to be on the ice when you have the man advantage, especially with the guys we have here. We have a lot of good talent. Being on the ice with Spezz (Jason Spezza), Heater (Dany Heatley) and Alfie (Daniel Alfredsson), I enjoy that. Q: How much do you enjoy playing in a Canadian market for the first time in your NHL career? A: I feel like I’m still getting used to it. But they have great fans here. The hockey support is huge and it’s a lot different that what I was used to in Tampa. I like it. Q: Who were your hockey idols when you were growing up? A: Nobody in particular. I was watching the league at home, in my hometown (Ostrava), and those were the players I looked up to. We didn’t have much coverage of the NHL when I grew up.

Dec. 29 birthday (he’s 32 in 2008), quickly established himself as a force for the Senators by setting an NHL record with assists in his first eight games this season. He took a few moments to share some thoughts on the Senators and his new hockey home in Canada: Q: What do you see as your role on this team? A: I’m just trying to help the team from any position on the ice, whether it’s even strength or power play or shorthanded. I’m hoping to spend a

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Filip Kuba has spent a lot of time walking on sunshine – literally – during his National Hockey League career. The veteran defenceman was an eighth-round selection (192nd overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. And two years there, he spent five seasons in hockeymad Minnesota before suiting up the last two years with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was obtained by the Ottawa Senators in a trade in late-August. Kuba, whose holiday celebration each year includes a


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Malibu bodies to test vehicles built on the Time for a drive in the Volt: General actual platform the production Volt will Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz believes use. Lutz said his test began with a 60 development of the automaker’s electric per cent battery charge in zero-celcius vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, is progressing weather. He drove about 30 km on better than expected. “We have moved on electricity alone, at which point the to the next phase of engineering developgenerator engine engaged. “And when ment for the vehicle,” Lutz said in a blog GM’s Bob Lutz was impressed with the Volt’s it did, it was so quiet and non-jarring post on the company’s Web site. “I ended powertrain during his first test drive. that they had to tell me it had come up putting in about 30 miles (50 kilometres) behind the wheel, and I couldn’t be more pleased ...” Lutz said on,” wrote Lutz in his report. The current timetable points to a engineers have moved from using previous-generation Chevrolet late-2010 launch date, but that could come sooner.

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